How to Upcycle an Empty Picture Frame: 18 Projects

LOTS of people upcycle empty picture frames, and there are a lot of awesome project tutes to turn that empty picture frame into just about anything else that you could ever want or need.

LOTS of people upcycle empty picture frames, and there are a lot of awesome project tutes to turn that empty picture frame into just about anything else that you could ever want or need.

It turns out that LOTS of people upcycle empty picture frames, and there are a lot of awesome project tutes to turn that empty picture frame into just about anything else that you could ever want or need. Here are my favorites:

Picture Frame Upcycling Pro Tip: When you’re writing on glass–the glass front to a picture frame, say–don’t get so wrapped up in what you’re doing that you forget where your elbows go and you lean on the glass.

If you do, this will happen and then you, like I, will be on the hunt for lovely projects to re-use that nice, now-empty picture frame that you already repaired with wood putty and painted the perfect slate grey.

Surely someone else in the world has an empty picture frame that they’d like to upcycle.

Empty Picture Frame Projects

18 Ways to Upcycle an Empty Picture Frame

1. button artStitch or glue buttons on to make this 3D art piece.

2. ceiling medallionHere’s an interesting way to highlight your light fixture.

3. coasters. Scroll down this site to find coasters made from mini picture frames and corks.

4. cork board. Literally. Glue some corks inside a picture frame to make a literal cork board.

5. cubbiesBuild a cubby behind your picture frame for wall storage that doesn’t look utilitarian.

6. earring holderAll you need is an empty picture frame and chicken wire!

7. headboardIt is totally possible to thrift a picture frame the exact width of a twin-sized bed.

8. herb dryerAdd window screening to your frames, and you’ve got an excellent way to dry herbs.

9. hidden storageHide something ugly behind a pretty picture frame.

10. Instagram displayTeensy clothespins or binder clips are the key to making this revolving display of your favorite Instagram photos.

11. key holderCup hooks and an empty picture frame will finally allow you to organize your keys.

12. loomThis is such a cool idea, especially because you can still mount it to the wall.

Empty Picture Frame Projects13. memo board. This project turns an empty picture frame into a memo board.

14. mounted toyHorrify your children upon their return home from sleepaway camp by mounting their favorite toy.

15. paving stonesUse a picture frame as the mold to create custom cement paving stones.

16. photo propThis is a really cute way to take a wedding, engagement, or pregnancy photo, especially.

17. table organizerYou could stand this on the table or mount it to the wall next to the table.

18. wreath. An empty picture frame is a great base for an upcycled front door wreath.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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