Things to Do with an Empty Frame

by Julie on February 11, 2013 · 21 comments

Empty Frame Ideas When I’m browsing for secondhand items – whether it’s at an estate sale, a thrift store, or a yard sale – I gravitate toward certain things.

Like dishes.

And clear glass.

And silver.

And I’m also learning to never pass up an interesting frame when I see it. Because there are so many things you can do with one.

I used the frame above to make a memo board for our kitchen.

finished bulletin board And another empty frame became a chalkboard for the dining room.

Dinner Club Quote And here are some of the creative things I’ve found others around the web doing with empty frames.

Laurie Anna framed a platter in her dining room. I love to hang dishes on the wall, so I am definitely borrowing this idea.

Framed Platter And Jill turned an empty frame into the prettiest dry erase board.

dry erase board Dee turned hers into a french tray.

frame as tray And Melissa hung a banner from hers. (Wouldn’t it be fun to have banners for different seasons or holidays?)

framed banner Craft rooms can sometimes get messy, but not when you frame your craft supplies like Amy did.

Framed sewing supplies I regularly wonder how many wreaths are too many wreaths to have, but I think I’m going to have to make room for a couple more. Look how interesting Vanessa’s wreath on a frame looks.

wreath on frame And how pretty is a wreath hanging inside an empty frame, like Tracey’s?

wreath hanging from frame

Thanks to all these ladies for letting me share their projects here.

Do you have a favorite? Any other ideas for empty frames?

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Little House February 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

These are all great ideas. So many uses for frames. I love these!


Julie February 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

Thanks, LH. Hope you find some to use.


Rebekah February 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

When I first saw your chalkboard frame quite awhile ago, I decided to make one using an old framed mirror. I sprayed chalkboard paint over the mirror part and it turned out perfect. I update the “quote” monthly or for special occasions. Love it and thanks for the idea!


Julie February 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

Rebekah, I love that idea. An old mirror is a great idea. If you have any pictures, I would love to see them.


Jill February 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Great post Julie and thanks for featuring my dry erase frame. Here’s another use of a frame, as a wreath itself with dried herbs from my garden.


Julie February 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thanks, Jill. :)


Melissa February 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Thanks so much for sharing my framed banner! I LOVE all of these projects! Great inspiration! Life to the full, Melissa


Julie February 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for letting me share it, Melissa. :)


Jo February 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Love these,saw you at BNOTP.I have ton’s of small frames(8×10,4×6,5×8) all shapes and lot’s just plain,any idea’s.
~Jo @ LoblollyLane


Julie February 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Jo, I think you could use most of these ideas with any size frame. You could also create a photo gallery. Here’s an example of mine:


Heather @At The Picket Fence February 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Fabulous ideas! Thank you for sharing Vanessa’s framed wreath. :)

Heather from At The Picket Fence


Julie February 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Thanks to you and Vanessa for allowing me to share it, Heather. And thanks for stopping by.


Sassy Mamaw February 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I will use the banner idea at Christmas for displaying cards (yes, I still get ‘real’ cards in the mail!)

Thank you!


Julie February 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Mamaw, that’s a terrific idea for the frame and banner. Thanks for sharing it.


May February 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

Great ideas. I love old frames.


Leilani February 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I do have a fair share of empty frames that need filling. Now…to find an empty day to work on them…
Thank you for the inspiring ideas!


Val Frania November 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm

This is excellent! I am in the process of making my own list of photo frame re-dos when I ran across your post on Pinterest. Beautiful job on the frames! I’ll let you know when mine goes live. I’m linking back to your site in my post after I show them your projects. My son-in-law and daughter share your name – I wonder if you’re related!


Nancy February 7, 2016 at 10:54 am

Thanks for sharing. So many great ideas. I too pick up frames at yard sales!


Teresa January 30, 2017 at 12:51 am

I just finished two frames which I shabby chic’d and then I cut cork from the dollar store to fit. Before putting it in I added a stencil in the top corner, one is a fleur-de-lis, the other I did a bird on a branch. After that I used my super hot glue and put it in. Now it is a darling pin board. Always looking for new ideas, I love the French tray. I think that will be my next one. Thanks loads!


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