How to Repurpose Outdated Picture Frames

A couple weeks ago my roommate found an old picture frame laying next to our apartment  dumpster and I knew it had potential. I had the honor of trying out a few ideas that I had for it besides the obvious route of framing a picture. Each of the materials and objects I used were items that I had already been using as decor in my home. Repurposed frames have endless possibilities. I think that the best way to use a repurposed frame is by incorporating three dimensional objects in order to really make it unique.

The Deer Frame


The first thing I tried was using an animal mount in the center of the frame. I used my own metal deer mount, but any kind of mount would work. I prefer a more contemporary look in my home so the metal mount works best for me, but for the rustic home I recommend framing real deer sheds/antlers.  I also found other great decorative mounts that could be used at  Target and Etsy.



The Initial Frame


Initials and monograms are another easy way to repurpose an old frame. It adds a personal touch to the home and it is relatively cheap to purchase the letters at home decor stores. I love the three dimensional look of the “S” initial (Pictured above and below). I think it is a great piece of wall decor to use in the kitchen or living room. It doesn’t create a “busy” wall, just a nice simple touch.


The Clothespin Photo Frame


Why frame just one picture when you can frame many? This frame is perfect for college girls who are constantly using their Instax cameras or the party planner to hang up photos to display at their next event. The repurposed collage frame is very easy to make and takes no time at all.

Here’s what you need:

  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Clothespins

Here’s what to do:

  1. Decide how many rows of twine you can fit going across the frame. You want to leave enough space in-between the twine where the pictures can hang.
  2. Cut the pieces twine to fit across the frame.
  3. Hot glue the twine on behind both sides of the frame.
  4. Clip on clothespins and you’re good to go!

The Mason Jar Frame


I love decorating with mason jars. It’s such a simple, classic look… and very inexpensive. You can hang a mason jar from twine and a nail in the middle of the frame or tie the mason jar with twine around the top of the frame to hang.
I chose to fill the mason jar with water and faux flowers as a nice touch. The jars also look great filled with candles or firefly lights. If you frame the mason jar in your kitchen, another great idea is to fill the jar with soil and  grow some herbs to use when cooking.



There are hundreds of other ways to repurpose a picture frame. I’ve seen beautiful, old frames with with wreaths hanging in the middle. I’ve seen frames hung on walls with nails lined up in the center to hold jewelry. I have also seen empty frames used to frame key hooks. Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless!


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