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32 Creative Craft Ideas Using Old Picture Frames

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.


Are you wondering what to do with old, but good, picture frames? In this article I'm going to give you all picture frame craft ideas. I'm sure you will find a couple ideas to re-purpose a frame you would otherwise have tossed.

I searched Google to find "how to use old picture frames" and found some outstanding projects. In this article I'll share with you what I found, great uses for old frames that include pictures and instructions.

Make beautiful glass gem enhanced frames like the ones shown above by going to Ruffles & Stuff for the tutorial.


1. Framed Office Organizer

Not only is this a great organizer, it also looks decorative. To make a framed peg board frame organizer for you home or office, go to Just a Girl for the tutorial.


2. Mosaic Dough Frame

It's unbelievable that the attractive mosaics on this frame are made from bread dough. Find out how to make the bread dough clay and the rest of the instructions to make this frame at favecrafts.


3. Double Frame

By combining two frames, one beautiful, wide frame was made. Find out how to do this revamp by going to THE creativity EXCHANGE.


4. Sea Shell Frame

If you are lucky enough to have a collection of seashells, a great way to use them would be to glue them onto an old picture frame. See how to do that by going to Running With Sisters.


5. Picture Frame Greenhouse

A very useful, and inexpensive way to get that greenhouse that you've always wanted. To make a greenhouse like the one shown above, go to Ella Claire Inspired for the instructions.


6. Reindeer Art

Although this is Christmas art, think about using these directions from CRAFTY TEXAS GIRLS but use a black or colored silhouette instead of the reindeer.


7. Framed Hanging Flower Pot

Go to Organized Clutterfor the instructions to make this framed hanging flower pot.

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8. CD Mosaic Frame

Who would have imagined that old cd's could be used to make a beautiful frame like this. You'll find the instructions for making a frame like this at Make it Easy Crafts.


9. Command Center

Simplifying Family gives easy to understand directions to make this simply command center. A great way to keep track of the family's coming and going.


10. Serving Tray

This will give you lots of other ideas and ways to use a picture frame to make a serving tray. You'll find directions on how this one was made at Sister Dipity.


11. Rolls Frame

Make rolls using magazine pages to make this delightful picture frame. Go to Better Homes and Gardens to see how this frame is made.

12. Jungle Animals Frame


13. Denim Flower Frame

CRAFTS BY Amanda explains how to make this denim flower frame. A great craft to do with the girls.


14. Jewelry and Earring Organizer

This is an outstanding idea for organizing a girl's jewelry and earrings. Marty's Musings is where you'll find the tutorial for this project.


15. Duct Tape Pizazz

With all the choices of duct tape available today, you'll easily find the print that is just right for you. Then, go to Craft Girl for the tutorial and re-do all those picture frames that could use an update.


16. Lamp Table

Find the instructions for this lamp table project at Madeline Lewis Designs.


17. Pedestal Picture Frames

This is such a super easy project and yet it looks like an expensive home decoration. See how easy it is to make by going to the Refresh Restyle site.


18. Picture Frame Memo Board

A perfect little memo board when you don't need a large one. Make this memo board using the directions at Crafting a Green World.


19. Cupcake Stand

Check out the directions at Confessions of a Serial DIYer to see how you can make a a beautiful and useful cupcake stand.


20. Recharging Station

You can make a counter top charging station tablet holder from a picture frame.


21. Living Succulent Picture

Make this beautiful living succulent picture and proudly display it in your home. Go to Cool Creativity for the tutorial.


22. Denim Loop Frame

To make the denim loop frame shown above, go to Pillar Box Blue for the tutorial.


23. Holiday Embroidery

I can just imagine these sitting on a Christmas mantel. Make these framed holiday pictures to gift to your friends and family. Go to FUNKY polkadot GIRAFFE to see how these are made.


24. Library Pocket Advent Calendar

I like this idea and think it is really decorative also. Ruffled Sunshine has directions on how to make this calendar.


25. Memo Frame

This is a beautiful and useful way to re-use a picture frame. Follow the instructions at me and my shadow to make a memo frame to gift to a high school or college graduate.


26. Ombre Penny Art

Now here's an art project that I'm sure boys as well as girls would enjoy. Go to Doodle Craft for the instructions on making the ombre penny art.


27. Chalkboard

This chalkboard could be made to record a list to Santa, or it would be a nice size to have in the kitchen to hold a grocery list. Go to Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer for the instructions.


28. Shabby Beach Cottage Frames

You'll love the colors and simplicity of these beach themed frames. Find the tutorial at Trash2Treasure.


29. Burlap Earring Holder

I like the shabby chic look of this project. Go to More with less Today for all the directions.


30. File Cabinet Upgrade

Instead of buying new file cabinets, use picture frames to do a file cabinet upgrade.

31. Picture Frame Easel


32. Picture Frame Key Holder

I really like this idea. And it's easy enough for any of us to make. Just follow the directions found at Everyday Dishes.

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

Don't Let Me Just Hang Here.... - leave a comment

Marcy Bialeschki from Cerro Gordo, IL on May 14, 2020:

I am a frame collector and make stuff from them, too. Your ideas are all so cool. The table frame is awesome, and the ombre pennies is very unique. Thanks for sharing.

irinademina on March 02, 2020:

Interesting ideas!

Celeste Wilson on October 10, 2018:

The fancy table frame is genius. I'm all about recycling and upcycling. That idea blew me away. These are such amazing ideas. Thank you

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 25, 2018:

What a number of very interesting ideas for using picture frames in practical or arty ways! I have a closet full of recycled frames-- I am going to dig them out and try some of these suggestions. Thank you!

Mona from Iowa on March 08, 2013:

So many great ideas. As a picture framer I always have plenty of old or damaged frames. I particularly like the end table idea.

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on February 27, 2013:

Great selection of projects! I would definitely think about using some of these ideas, especially for gift giving. Blessed

Rose Jones on February 27, 2013:

Very impressed by the great crafts using picture frames here. Pinned to my Crafts I love Board, and blessed.

dawnsnewbeginning on February 24, 2013:

Lots of good ideas here!

Sisters1 on February 15, 2013:

Lots of great ideas here. A good project for this weekend.Thanks!

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