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32 Creative Craft Ideas Using Old Picture Frames

Updated on February 8, 2020
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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 Snapguide.

5. Fancy Table Frames

This is a great idea for some of the over sized picture frames that you want to re-purpose. A very useful, and inexpensive way to get that little table that you've always wanted. To make a table like the one shown to the left, go to Jo-Anne Fabrics 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. Hair Bow Holder

Make this for a girl that you know so she can keep her hair bows neat. Go to mom always finds out for the instructions to make this holder.

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. Jewelry Holder

Keep your necklaces separate and untangled by making and using a jewelry holder like this one. design gal & HER HANDYMAN gives easy to understand directions to make this holder.

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. Medicine Cabinet Re-do

This is an outstanding idea for updating your bathroom. If you don't have a large frame on hand, consider looking at garage sales or stores like Goodwill. Be sure to measure before buying a frame. Then go to Atop Serenity Hill to make your frame really unique.

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. Ombre Penny Art

This really is a piece of art that would be suitable for an office, den, family room or a boy's room. Find the instructions for this craft at I heart nap time.

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 Fancy Fugal Life 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. Beach Treasures

Check out the directions at BEACH TREASURES AND TREASURE BEACHES to see how you can make a keepsake from treasures found on the beach.

20. Recharging Station

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

21. Lace Earring Holder

Make your beautiful earrings part of your rooms décor with the elegant look of this lace earring holder. Go to u create for the tutorial.

22. Moss Covered Frame

Have you noticed how many moss themed decorator items there are in stores now? Think of how much less expensive it is to make your own moss covered pieces. To make the moss covered frame shown above, go to Ruffled.

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. Weaving Loom

What would you think of making and using these looms as a scout project? I'm sure boys as well as girls would enjoy doing this weaving. Go to Unplug Your Kids for the instructions on making the loom.

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 My Sweet Things 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

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    • Marcy Bialeschki profile image

      Marcy Bialeschki 

      4 months ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      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 profile image


      6 months ago

      Interesting ideas!

    • celeste inscribed profile image

      Celeste Wilson 

      23 months ago

      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

    • techygran profile image

      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      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!

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      7 years ago from Iowa

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

    • AcornOakForest profile image

      Monica Lobenstein 

      7 years ago from Western Wisconsin

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

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

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

    • dawnsnewbeginning profile image


      7 years ago

      Lots of good ideas here!

    • Sisters1 profile image


      7 years ago

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


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