New Life, Old Frame

We all have them.  Stored in a box somewhere holding a picture that we don’t want to throw away – but isn’t “good enough” to grace our living room walls.

Give that frame a new life!  (Disclaimer: Find an acid free envelope to store the precious photo in before modifying your old frame)

Here are my 4 favorite ways to use old frames:

I wrapped a pretty summer sunset picture to better suit my Christmas Decor!
I wrapped a pretty summer sunset picture to better suit my Christmas Decor!

1. Wrap them.  Take fabric or gift wrap and wrap your frame like a gift.  Then hang it on the wall for a newly inspired piece of decor. You could also wrap frames that are currently on your wall for a seasonal festive decor item.

The mat on this frame was repainted to match a bathroom wall.  If I did it again, I'd choose the outer mat - but the concept is still a great one!
The mat on this frame was repainted to match a bathroom wall. If I did it again, I’d choose the outer mat – but the concept is still a great one!
Although I love the chocolate brown (which I painted as well), I just transformed this frame/mirror into a bright yellow to match our new decor!
Although I love the chocolate brown (which I painted as well), I just transformed this frame/mirror into a bright yellow to match our new decor!

2. Paint, Paint & Paint.  Take that old gold frame & paint it.  Match it to your decor.  Take your painting one step further and paint the framing mat. Most of us still have paint in the paint can from the last time we painted the living room walls – match your walls exactly by painting the mat to match.  With just the right effect, this can often look like your new art/photo is floating on the wall inside your frame.

3. Remove the glass and use as a pin board.  Cut a piece of cardboard sized to match your photoframe. Use fabric (an old pillowcase, or favorite t-shirt that no longer fits works well!) and wrap it around the cardboard.  Staple or hot glue gun the fabric to the back.  Reassemble the frame as normal.

4. Remove the glass & backing.  Use as an artistic frame on a mantle, behind a vase, or on the wall.  Paint a quote or your family’s initials on your walls & hang the frame – to frame your art!

This is just to get your creative mind started!