DIY Tramp Art Picture Frames


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Antique tramp art picture frames add a unique textural look to artwork and photos, but the craftsmanship demonstrated in the real thing makes them costly. This quick tutorial can show you how to get a similar look with inexpensive materials.

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On Design*Sponge Halligan Smith has used metal studs to recreate the original frames' distinctive pyramid shapes on inexpensive balsa wood and Ikea frames. While the finished painted look isn't quite the same as the original wooden version, it's a huge upgrade for that NYTTJA frame.

Image: Halligan Smith for Design*Sponge

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Kim has been sharing creative projects and ideas as a Contributor to Apartment Therapy since 2010. Her writing highlights stylish, budget-friendly solutions to common household problems. Kim is a fluent French speaker and a houseplant enthusiast.