9 Ideas: Turn Basic Picture Frames Into Something Spectacular

updated Nov 25, 2019
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Basic frames are easy to come by—you probably have one lying around the house, and if not, they’re a dime a dozen (ok, they’re $1 each) at your local dollar store. But the art to fill them? That’s typically the harder, much more expensive part. Instead, change your frame of mind and stop letting these pieces play supporting roles. In these DIY ideas, the frames steal the show.

IKEA rethinks the wreath frame, this time using actual picture frames. Spray paint several frames of different styles to match before attaching a mix of greenery.

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Country Living turned eight old frames into a Victorian-inspired terrarium for greenhouse plants, such as orchids and ferns.

(Image credit: Darling Magazine)

Darling Magazine created this living piece of art by planting succulents inside a painted frame.

(Image credit: Monica Wants It)

Monica put an old frame from the thrift store, along with some hooks, to work organizing rolls of paper in her craft room.

(Image credit: Sinnen Rausch)

Sinnen Rausch found a really nice way to warm up white frames with cut-out wood panels that replace the need for mats. It makes the images look modern and fresh.

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In artist Tove Mauritzson’s home on Mix and Chic, a gilded frame, lined with chicken wire, acts as an organizer to hang postcards and photos. DIY your own by securing a piece of wire across the back of an old frame.

(Image credit: Grograine Fab)

Store-bought glass lanterns can get expensive, but Grosgrain Fab constructed the one above using five dollar-store frames in just 30 minutes.

(Image credit: Shannon Claire)

This colorful paint chip memo board by Shannon Claire Interiors will help you track your weekly goals, at the same time achieving some serious #deskgoals.

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To transform a vintage frame into a breakfast-in-bed tray, Marie Claire Idées elevated it on four shortened chair legs.

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Follow Good Housekeeping‘s lead and add beads to the underside of an oval frame to transform it into a vanity tray for collecting jewelry and spare change.