There used to be a time when the sole purpose of a picture frame’s existence was to display, well, pictures. I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible at actually printing out any of the thousands of photos I take each year and actually framing them. There must be others out there like me because we are seeing all kinds of fun, new and practical ways to repurpose and upcycle old/damaged/ugly picture frames that have nothing to do with photos. Here are five of our favourite ideas.
Lemon Tree Creations
With a little bit of hardware and a few special touches a sturdy picture frame can be upcycled to a beautiful and useful serving tray. This step-by-step tutorial by Lemon Tree Creations is great and the final result is a gorgeous piece of home decor on it’s own.
The Vintage Wren
Broken glass doesn’t have to send the frame to the landfill. This post by The Vintage Wren shows how beautiful frames can be remade into simple and beautiful wall art pieces themselves.
Kevin and Amanda
Who doesn’t need more organizational tools? We love this practical, creative and inexpensive way to reuse an old frame and turn it into a functional jewellery display (we wouldn’t mind having her earring collection either!).
Confessions of a Serial DIYer
Chalkboard paint is so popular now and very versatile. These upcycled vintage frames are gorgeous when repainted and used as chalk boards. This is a particularly fun idea if you have a frame for which the glass has broken.
Although we seem to be on the computer all the time, we love the idea of being able to display inspiration and ideas where they are visible (no offense Pinterest). This helpful tutorial makes it easy to create a beautiful and functional piece for your office (OK- it can also display photos!).
We love all of these creative and practical ideas for repurposing outdated/damaged/unused picture frames. What other creative ideas have you seen?