DIY Ideas for Repurposing Picture Frames

My husband and I have recently been doing some spring cleaning in the garage and that’s when I made my discovery.  There in the corner was a dust-covered box full of old picture frames that I had intended to use for crafts but had completely forgotten about!  At some point or another, the frames had migrated out of my home either because I no longer wanted to display the picture or because the frame was no longer my style.  Either way, I’m left with WAY more picture frames than I could ever use on my walls!  But rather than donate, sell or toss them, I’ll reuse them for a different, decorative purpose in the house.


16 Ways to Reuse and Relove Picture Frames

(other than for pictures)


Picture Frame Chalkboard1. Picture Frame Chalkboard


Picture Frame Dry Erase Board

2. Picture Frame Dry Erase Board


Picture Frame Cork Board

3. Picture Frame Cork Board


Picture FrameMemo Board

4. Picture Frame Memo Board


Picture Frame Jewelry5. Picture Frame Jewelry Display


Picture Frame Photo Display6. Picture Frame Photo Display


Picture Frame Wreath7. Picture Frame Wreath


Picture Frame Tray8.Picture Frame Tray


Picture Frame Ceiling Medallion9. Picture Frame Ceiling Medallion


Picture Frame Organizer10. Picture Frame Organizer


11. Empty Picture Frames as Art


Picture Frame Frame12.  Picture Frame Around Frames


Picture Frames as Molding13. Picture Frames as Molding


Picture Frame Hair Accessories14. Picture Frames for Hair Accessories


Picture Frame Key Holder15. Picture Frame Key Holder


Picture Frame Decals16. Picture Frame with Decals


Picture Frame PhotoBonus: This isn’t related to decorating but is too cool not to include!


Even if you no longer like the color of a frame, you can still make it work if you’re willing to paint it.  And if you don’t have any extra frames lying around, go to discount retail stores like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods or Marshalls to look for cute frames at reasonable prices.  Be sure to look in the art section as well because you can sometimes get framed art for less than the cost of an empty frame and you can always remove the art if you don’t like it.

Happy Framing!



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6 comments on DIY Ideas for Repurposing Picture Frames

  1. Rita
    April 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM (2 years ago)

    Love all these ideas! Really like the cork board and photo display idea.

  2. Framer Of NYC
    March 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM (10 months ago)

    Wow… some really great ideas. I liked that one with pen-pocket especially, it looks beautiful and useful too <3

    • Tidbits&Twine
      March 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM (10 months ago)

      Thank you!

  3. NYC Art Framing Girl
    August 20, 2014 at 3:29 AM (5 months ago)

    This is really fabulous collection of ideas. Thanks for sharing. <3 XOXO

  4. anna
    October 12, 2014 at 7:11 AM (3 months ago)

    I think these are great.. but there should also be credit given where credit is due. #11, for example, is from Lindsey Ballard’s blog Makely’s School for Girls (formerly Living with Lindsey). Would have been great for the pictures to have been linked to their origin.

    • Tidbits&Twine
      October 12, 2014 at 8:09 AM (3 months ago)

      Hi Anna,

      I couldn’t agree with you more! Unfortunately, when I first started blogging I didn’t know how to incorporate links, nor did I know proper etiquette about giving credit. I learned a lot those first few months! I’ve slowly been going back through old posts to update them and provide all of the source links and credit, but I haven’t done this particular post yet. Thank you for providing the source for #11 – I’ve updated it and will continue to update the others.


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