Upcycled Items Turned Into Photo Frames and Holders

6 Materials
$10
1 Hour
Easy

Repurpose thrift store items into unique upcycled frames and photo holders

I absolutely love to repurpose things I find at my local Goodwill San Antonio stores, and Earth Day is a great reason to craft with thrifted items. You can turn nearly anything into a unique frame or photo holder. You just need a little imagination, some paint, and a XyronCreative Station. Instead of searching for glass to protect your photos with, use the Xyron Laminate + Adhesive refill. This will give your photos the glossy finish of glass while making it easy to attach the photos to your upcycled frames.

Supplies Used to make Upcycled Frames and Photo Holders:

  • Variety of objects from Goodwill
  • Xyron Creative Station Lite with Laminate+Permanent Adhesive Refill
  • DecoArt Matte Gold Paint
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre
  • Craft Wire
  • Variety of photos or images


Select a variety of objects that you like from Goodwill. Look for items that either have flat surfaces to hold the pictures or that have an opening where you can attach a stand to hold photos. I am using two metal candle holders (that’s my best guess….they look like the screw into the wall and hold candles), a toy mirror, a tart tin, and a wood shoe form.

Select and print your images. I decided to use fun pictures of animals wearing hats. Aren’t they cute? I did a Google search to find images to use and then printed them out.

Select and print your images. I decided to use fun pictures of animals wearing hats. Aren’t they cute? I did a Google search to find images to use and then printed them out.

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Morena Hockley
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  • Clergylady Clergylady on May 18, 2019

    What did you do with the old shoe stretcher? No pic and no explanation.

    I do like the old hand mirror.

  • Kathy Kathy on May 19, 2019

    The tutorial is missing, right? I didn't see any candle holders and I didn't see any pictures after placed in the object. Seems like this Hometalk app has a lot of tutorials that are incomplete.

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