How can I repurpose old photo frames?


I have several old (mostly thin and wooden) frames that I have painted, but don’t know what to do with them. I don’t need to use them for photos per se, but I did save the glass from them. The backs are in pretty bad condition from age. Any ideas of something to make from them?

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  • Alice Alice on Feb 06, 2019

    Run a sturdy thread/cord from side to side and use it to hang your earrings. Make new backs from cereal boxes or any cardboard. then glue mementos like postcards, ticket stubs, drinks coasters, matchbooks, anything you are collecting to the backs and hang as a decoration and a memory!

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Feb 06, 2019

    over 500 ways~~ many still LOOK like picture frames but no way to really hide that though!

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Feb 06, 2019

    Hi Glenda,

    Here are some ideas for you to check out.

    Here's one posted by another Hometalk member.

    Best of luck finding a project you'll enjoy and have fun!

  • Piggy Piggy on Feb 07, 2019

    Put mirrors in them and arrange the on a table base and make a neat coffee table.

  • Pamela Pamela on Feb 07, 2019

    Hi ! I think your picture shows a nice idea by itself ! Lay them out ,in an interesting pattern glue them together where they meet and hang them on the wall ! Other things you can do ...take a few glue and staple together and attach chicken wire to the back , screw in some looks on the front to hang things , or use cloths pin and hang photos , or jewelry from !

  • Jennifer Russell Bowey Jennifer Russell Bowey on Feb 07, 2019

    I went to my local hardware store and had peg board cut to fit my old frames and use them in my craftroom

  • Marlene Marlene on Feb 07, 2019

    Yeah, I like the way you have them layed out. Geometric shapes are big in decor. You could hang them on the wall in the same way shown in the picture, gluing them together at the points where they touch. Love the colours you used.

    • Glenda Glenda on Feb 10, 2019

      Thanks. I think I’m gojng to do that. Keep it simple. Although I’m not sure once I layer those two top frames if glue will hold since they aren’t flat...the frames have a curve to them. My husband bought some screws to try to come in from the back, but I’m afraid he may split them since they’re so old. Any better idea?

  • Janice Janice on Feb 07, 2019

    I agree with Pamela, that the pic you showed looks rather pleasing. You could expand on that idea and customize them to fit into a long narrow area of your home where nothing much fits. It's a unique look and I actually may do something similar in the open area above my bathtub/shower area. Just a touch of color their to bring the colors of the bathroom together!

  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Feb 07, 2019

    With the glass inserted they make a "white board", if you have kids, hang their drawings on the wall, put the frame over the kids drawing tack the frame over the drawing with a small nail change out every month or so, have fun !

  • I too like the way they are laid out and the colors already on. My idea: get a few sheets of colored vellum/transparency plastic... a few different colors that would look nice overlapping (where the frames are overlapping). If the original glass would make hanging difficult, replace with plastic laminate. Secure it all with glue and hang in a window that has a less-than-desirable view.

  • Lorraine Brimelow Lorraine Brimelow on Feb 09, 2019

    Put several lines of twine/embroidery thread across each one and get some small pegs (at the craft store) to make memo boards

  • Lisa Riner Lisa Riner on Feb 10, 2019

    You could make cute little green house out of it or a lantern glue together with e600 glue will last out side if needed or water resistant

    • Glenda Glenda on Feb 10, 2019

      That’s a cute idea. I may try that with the next set of frames I come across. We are cleaning out a really old house, so I’m sure there will be more.