30 Ways to Repurpose Old Picture Frames You’ll Wish You’d Seen Sooner!

You are going to be AMAZED by how many ways you can REPURPOSE picture frames! From cake stands and jewellery storage to a bulletin board for your kitchen and MORE!


These picture frame makeovers are GENIUS!

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Repurpose Picture Frames

We love finding ways to breathe new life into old junk and since picture frames are pretty easy to come by we’ve found 30 genius ways to repurpose them into something useful! There are so many projects here that you could give as handmade gifts!

So while you’re out at the flea market or thrift store this week look out for old frames in all shapes and sizes.

You might even want to raid your attic because when you take a look through these amazing ways to repurpose picture frames you’re going to want a whole stash to upcycle!

30. Repurpose old picture frames into a tiered cake stand

Repurpose old picture frames into a tiered cake stand

Found it here >> Confessions of a DIYer

This picture frame upcycle is totally genius, and the end result is much nicer than most cake stands you can buy from a store!

29. Turn it into a plant holder

Turn it into a plant holder

Found it here >> Enthralling Gumption

A cascade of a greenery is a great way to bring some plant life to a room, and you’d never guess that this hanging wall planter started out life as a picture frame!

28. Turn it into a ribbon store

Turn it into a ribbon store

Found it here >> Live Simply by Annie

If you’re a crafter, or you have a gift wrapping station in your home then check out this clever idea for repurposing an old picture frame as a ribbon store. All you need is the frame and some wooden dowels. Hey you could hang one of these in your kitchen and use it for rolls of aluminium foil or sandwich bags.

27. Make a frame for your Instagrams

Make a frame for your Instagrams

Found it here >> Shelterness

You might think there’s no place in your modern space for a large antique picture frame, but if you use some fishing wire and tiny clothes pins you can make a fabulous display of your Instagrams!

You can easily get mini clothes pins here

26. Turn your old picture frame into a magnetic memo board

Turn your old picture frame into a magnetic memo board

Found it here >> The House of Smiths

Every kitchen needs a Command Centre and repurposing your picture frame into a magnetic notice board is a great idea.

25. Make a pin cushion from a small picture frame

Make a pin cushion from a small picture frame

Found it here >> Love Grows Wild

This upcycle would make a really unique gift idea for someone who loves to sew.

24. Use your old picture frames to make chore charts

Use your old picture frames to make chore charts

Found it here >> Lemon Squeezy Home

If your kids (or hubby) need reminding to complete their chores have a go at turning your old picture frames into chore charts.

23. Turn it into jewellery storage

Turn it into jewellery storage

Found it here >> Mona Luna

If you don’t have a lot of storage space but you love jewellery try turning your thrifted picture frame into a jewellery organizer like this one.

22. Add some hinges and hide something

Add some hinges and hide something

Found it here >> 4 Men 1 Lady

Add some hinges to the side of your picture frame and it becomes a secret door. You could hide a medicine cabinet behind there, or your safe, or your ugly heating control panel!

21. Turn a giant picture frame into a padded headboard

Turn a giant picture frame into a padded headboard

Found it here >> Vintage Revivals

Headboards can be so expensive, especially if they are ornate as this one, but it started out life as a thrifted frame!

20. Turn it into a Spring wreath

Turn it into a Spring wreath

Found it here >> Delia Creates

Take your unloved frame and turn it into a fabulous Spring flower wreath!

19. Upcycle an old frame into a serving tray

Upcycle an old frame into a serving tray

Found it here >> Christina’s Adventures

If you love entertaining take some time out this weekend to make one of these fabulous serving trays from an old picture frame.

18. Make some framed flower vases

Make some framed flower vases

Found it here >> Flaming Toes

This simple to make display would look fabulous in your shabby chic kitchen!

17. Make a living picture frame with succulents

16. Make a cute summer wreath

Make a cute summer wreath

Found it here >> Violet Paper Wings

Take an old picture frame, add some yarn and fabric flowers and you’ve got yourself a beautiful summer wreath.

You can get wooden letters here

15. Turn it into a tiled serving tray

Turn it into a tiled serving tray

Found it here >> My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

You’ll need a bit of patience for this DIY project but the end result will definitely be worth it. You can use the serving tray yourself or give it away as a fabulous gift.

14. Make a pedestal table from an old picture frame

Make a pedestal table from an old picture frame

Found it here >> Richmond Thrifter

Combine your picture frame with an old lamp base or candle stick and you’ve got yourself a pedestal table!

13. Make a tiered herb drying rack

Make a tiered herb drying rack

Found it here >> Fresh Eggs Daily

If you like to dry your own herbs or flowers then gather up some old picture frames and make yourself one of these clever hanging racks.

12. Turn a large picture frame into a magnetic makeup board

 Turn a large picture frame into a magnetic makeup board

Found it here >> Laura Thoughts

If you’re limited on space and need somewhere to store your makeup try making one of these fabulous magnetic storage displays from an old frame.

11. Turn a frame into a dry erase memo board

Turn a frame into a dry erase memo board

Found it here >> My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Memo boards are super useful for writing down things you need to remember, or messages to your family.

10. Make a child’s chair from old picture frames

Make a child's chair from old picture frames

Found it here >> Apartment Therapy

Bet you would never have thought of turning those old picture frames into a chair?

9. Make a key hanger

Make a key hanger

Found it here >> Lara’s Knits and Bits

If you need somewhere to hang your keys and want it to look a bit nicer than just a hook try adding a picture frame.

8. Make a vanity tray

Make a vanity tray

Found it here >> Sadie’s Season Goods

Here’s a great way to repurpose an old picture frame into a mirrored vanity tray.

7. Repurpose small picture frames as gift tags

Repurpose small picture frames as gift tags

Found it here >> My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

What a clever idea! Take some small picture frames and use them as fabulous gift tags!

6. Make a flower holder

Make a flower holder

Found it here >> Style Me Pretty

Take an old frame, add some twine and some test tubes and you’ve got yourself a beautiful flower holder that would look great hanging in a window.

You can easily get test tubes here

5. Make a magnetic spice rack

Make a magnetic spice rack

Found it here >> Hometalk

Combine your thrifted frame with some galvanised steel and you’ve got yourself a magnetic spice holder!

4. Make a dry erase calendar

3. Update your light switches

Update your light switches

Found it here >> Me Myself and DIY

Upgrade your light switches with some cute picture frames.

2. Make a bulletin board

Make a bulletin board from an old picture frame

Found it here >> Uncommon Designs Online

Add some chicken wire to your unwanted picture frame and you’ve got yourself a bulletin board for your kitchen or office.

1. Make a cupcake serving tray

Make a cupcake serving tray from an old picture frame

Found it here >> Ruffled

What a fabulous idea! Repurpose an old frame into a fabulous cupcake serving tray for a baby shower or a wedding.


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