Picture Frame Perfect Decor Ideas

Images, clockwise, via Apartment Therapy, Ruffled, BHG, and Cleverly Inspired

Pretty much any thrift store is full of empty frames, forgotten and distressed by disuse. Walking by them, you can almost feel their eyes following you, imploring, “Take me home. Please?” Though they may not be of much use alone, these feckless frames can be, in the spirit of our stylebook Happy Accidents, turned into something marvelous. All it takes is some prettily hued paint, a tchotchke or two, and a fistful of DIY inspiration from the projects pictured above!

What DIY ideas do you have for old frames?


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    cbleanne 04/25/2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Love the succulent frame, these would be great mother’s day gifts 🙂

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    thecleveridiot 04/25/2012 at 12:47 pm #

    The clock idea is by far my favourite- looks like it would work with shoe/ jewellery boxes too!

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    developingapattern 04/25/2012 at 12:49 pm #

    I love old picture frames and these are some great ideas! Check out the classic movie star wall art I made with cheap picture frames I found:


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    Gina 04/25/2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I LOVE this succulent frame! Totally going to gather materials to try and make my own!

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    Laura @ The Joyful Fox 04/25/2012 at 7:04 pm #

    I love that clock! Such a neat idea…and the customization possibilities are endless 🙂

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    Natasha Fatah 04/25/2012 at 7:56 pm #

    These are such great ideas guys!

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    Moya Monroe 01/14/2013 at 9:04 pm #

    I love the idea “design by disaster” .. taking something that’s a wreck and making it work as something terrific

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