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Things to Do with an Empty Frame

February 11, 2013

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?
















  1. 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!

  2. 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

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

    Thank you!

  4. 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!

  5. 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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