5+ Cheap And Easy Home Decor Hacks Using Old Picture Frames

Diply 17 Aug 2018

Upcycling hacks ftw! Sure, it's really satisfying to buy raw materials and painstakingly turn them into something amazing, but, you know...that's a lot of work.

Plus, upcycling is a great way to be a little more green in your day-to-day life. Every item that gets turned into something new is one less in a landfill. And one of the most versatile items for upcycling is picture frames. You can do so much with them!

1. DIY Fairy Lights Lamp

Nur Noch | Nur Noch

Lighting is an area where you can get super creative with upcycling. Basically, if you can get a light source into it, it can be a light. Ronja over at Nur Noch used a quartet of matching frames and some fairy lights to make a particularly beautiful example.

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Any four frames can be used, as long as they're the same size. 

Nur Noch | Nur Noch

Wouldn't it add to the whimsy of this lamp if the frames didn't quite match? I think it would add to the magic of the fairy lights.

Of course, you can keep it simple, too!

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2. DIY Picture Frame Wreath

Joy To My Heart | Joy To My Heart

Just as anything can be turned into a light fixture, as long as you know what you're doing, the same thing can be said about wreaths.

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Renee, the crafty mind behind Joy To My Heart, decided to give an ornate picture frame a pretty, distressed makeover.

Joy To My Heart | Joy To My Heart

She then added faux flowers and greenery to it, turning the frame into a gorgeous wreath for her front door!

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3. DIY Sunglasses Holder

Pull Teeth | Pull Teeth

Good lighting and decor is important in a home, but so is storage. And even though it's easy enough to throw miscellaneous items into a drawer or a box in a closet, where's the fun in that?!

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Rather than stuffing a side table with a bunch of his sunglasses, Andrew of Pull Teeth opted for a more unique storage solution.

Pull Teeth | Pull Teeth

By stringing an elastic band from one side of an old picture frame to the other, he managed to create the perfect display for all of his favorite shades.

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4. DIY Picture Frame Wall Shelves

Shanty 2 Chic | Shanty 2 Chic

Another great storage solution that utilizes picture frames (and can work for any budget) is this shelving idea, which I came across over on Shanty 2 Chic.

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Shadow boxes were put together using inexpensive board, and they were attached to the backs of picture frames with wood glue and nails.

Shanty 2 Chic | Shanty 2 Chic

A couple coats of white paint were added before they were hung from a wall, creating a useful storage + gallery wall design.

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5. DIY Living Succulent Planter

Better Homes & Gardens | Better Homes & Gardens

Succulents are perfect for those of us who weren't born with a green thumb. And if you've been looking for a fun and unique way to incorporate these easy-to-care-for plants into your design plans, this picture frame planter DIY by Better Homes & Gardens is the perfect place to start.

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Using things like chicken wire and soil, creating a beautiful living piece of artwork like this is something anyone can try.

Better Homes & Gardens | Better Homes & Gardens

Check out the full tutorial, gather your materials, and see where your imagination takes you with this one!

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6. DIY Spoon Wall Art

Thrifty Artsy Girl | Thrifty Artsy Girl

Yeah, yeah, it's not the most innovative idea to use a frame to frame art, but I love this simple idea from Thrifty Artsy Girl too much not to share it. Plus, it's a good example of how even a "traditional" use can be full of personality.

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This super simple project celebrates a loving relationship.

Thrifty Artsy Girl | Thrifty Artsy Girl

Of course, you could customize the look to match whatever you want to celebrate! It would be really cute in a nursery with a date of birth and an old toy or pacifier.

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7. DIY Jewelry Organizer

Marty's Musings | Marty's Musings

I need to add this project from Marty's Musings to my to-do list. My current earring situation is a random box that's in dire need of organizing.

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All you need for this project is a funky old frame, chicken wire, and a couple of pieces of spare wood. 

Marty's Musings | Marty's Musings

The wood acts as a spacer on the back, keeping the earrings from scratching up the wall when the frame is hung.

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8. DIY Framed Outdoor Flower Pots 

Organized Clutter | Organized Clutter

How cute is this idea from Carlene over at the Organized Clutter blog? By attaching a hanging planter to the inside of an old frame, she's totally changed up the look.

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It makes the flowers look like a piece of living art, especially once they've grown a bunch. 

Organized Clutter | Organized Clutter

The way the bright flowers burst out of the frame creates a 3D effect while still being rustic and natural too.

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9. DIY Wood Frame Wall Vase

Simply Country Life | Simply Country Life

It turns out that vintage frames and chicken wire are a perfect pairing for lots of unique projects. Check out these cute, rustic wall vases from Simply Country Life!

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Any kind of jar can be secured to the chicken wire, creating totally different effects. 

Simply Country Life | Simply Country Life

Just make sure you use strong wire and test how well it holds the water-filled jar before you hang it on the wall and risk a bigger mess.

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10. DIY Tiered Herb Drying Rack

Fresh Eggs Daily | Fresh Eggs Daily

If you grow your own fresh herbs — which you really should — you're going to end up with more than you can use in a season. Drying the extras is a great way to preserve them, but a bunch of separate racks can take up a lot of space.

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That's why I love this tiered drying rack from Fresh Eggs Daily!

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Your herbs will dry evenly without taking up too much space, keeping your pantry full of fresh flavor — even in the depths of winter.

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11. DIY Picture Frame Terrarium

The Wicker House | The Wicker House

You know those adorable little greenhouse terrariums all over Pinterest? You can make your own with picture frames by following this tutorial from The Wicker House!

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It might take some searching for enough vintage frames of the same sizes with intact glass, but you could also just grab a bunch from the dollar store. 

The Wicker House | The Wicker House

But I think the end result is totally worth it. Don't you?

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12. DIY Television Cover

Blue Egg Brown Nest | Blue Egg Brown Nest

Now, this is just spectacular! Christen at the Blue Egg Brown Nest blog used a bunch of matching vintage frames to create a screen to hide their television.

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With some hinges, the screen folds away to the side when it's time to binge-watch the next Netflix documentary. 

Blue Egg Brown Nest | Blue Egg Brown Nest

I really love the vintage botanical prints she chose for the frames, but the options are pretty much endless.

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