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How to Upcycle Old Picture Frames You Were Going to Throw Out

We all have that pile of old picture frames gathering dust in a closet somewhere. We’ve been planning on tossing them for years now, but just haven’t been able to bring ourselves to do it. Maybe it’s the beginning stages of a hoarding habit, but now we’re actually kinda glad we didn’t toss that junk — because those old frames are actually prime candidates for some major upcycling.

Dust off your picture frames and get ready to create something beautiful. The cherry on to pis that these repurposing projects are super easy.

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1. Flowers on the wall

How to upcycle old picture frames: Flowers on the wall
Image: Whit’s Amuse Bouche

Whether you have a pile of mismatched frames around the house or you’re a pro at thrifting, this hanging vase project is the perfect way to give picture frames a fresh look. To complete this gorgeous project, all you need to remodel the frames is a little paint, a few tools and mismatched votives and vases. This is a simple craft for those who aren’t accustomed to DIY projects. Customize these wallflowers with your favorite paint colors and colored glass vases and votives.

Visit Whit’s Amuse Bouche to find out how to complete this fun project.

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2. Ombre penny art

How to upcycle picture frames: Ombre penny art
Image: Doodlecraft

Who doesn’t have a ton of pennies in a jar somewhere in the house? Combine that loose change with a picture frame that needs a makeover. You probably have most of the materials you need for this easy project around the house. If you have kids interested in science, this is a fun DIY project to share with the whole family. Even adults will be delighted to see how some simple chemistry changes the color of pennies to create an ombre landscape. Get your hot glue gun fired up to create a unique work of art.

Visit Doodlecraft to learn how to make your own penny art.

3. Picture frame tray

How to upcycle picture frames: DIY picture frame tray
Image: A Thoughtful Place

Give your frame a totally new purpose by transforming it into a quaint tray that’s perfect for breakfast in bed or for decorating. Use it to display your favorite loose accessories, makeup or remote controls. This easy DIY project makes great use of scrap fabric and doesn’t involve any special tools. Pick up drawer handles at your local hardware store for a few dollars or repurpose them from old furniture. Customize this fun project by choosing your favorite colors and fabric prints.

Visit A Thoughtful Place to find out how to make a cute picture frame tray.

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4. Fabric-covered photo mat

How to upcycle old picture frames: Fabric mat picture frame
Image: Delightful Distractions

Don’t feel limited by the photo mats at your local crafts store. This super-easy project upcycles old picture frames by creating a totally custom mat with your favorite fabric. Whether you’re displaying a photo in a child’s room or you’re creating a wedding photo project, fabric gives you the possibility to create unique art. These fun mats allow you to make any standard frame look like a treasure.

Visit Delightful Distractions for instructions on how to make a fabric photo mat.

Updated by Sarah Long on 10/16/2017.

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