I can’t quite explain why I love vintage oval picture frames so much…but I just DO! And when I see them in thrift shops, I snap them up, no questions asked. While brainstorming for new project ideas (by tidying up my Craft Room), I realized something:
Oval picture frames look a little like Easter eggs…
Maybe not exactly similar…but close enough, right? And since mine were just tucked away in the shadows, gathering dust…why not use them for Easter décor? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I decided to turn them into vintage-y Pysanky…those gorgeous, painted Ukranian Easter eggs that you’ve probably seen (and didn’t know the word for). How would I do this? With spray paint and vintage pillowcase fabric!
After removing the hanging hardware and wiping down each frame, I gave them a couple of coats of spray paint in my most Easter-iest colors- pink, yellow, and green.
Once the paint dried, I paired each one with a vintage pillowcase from my stash. Using my fabric scissors, I cut a large panel of fabric from the pillowcase and arranged my coordinating frame on top to figure out the design I wanted inside.
Once I had my oval fabric panel in hand, I traced the interior of my frame on a piece of white foam board. Why not scrap cardboard? Because the pillowcase fabric is light and a little sheer…and I didn’t want the brown-ness of cardboard showing through and muting/altering the colors! So, white foamboard to the rescue.
Then it was time to assemble my “egg” décor! With my oval frame upside-down on my craft mat, I layered on my pillowcase fabric and then the oval foamboard.
I checked the even-ness/straightness of fabric, tugging it here and there to smooth out wrinkles, and then secured it my Easter egg panel with finishing nails.
Ta-da!! Simple, thrifty painted Easter eggs…perfect for either hanging or leaning against a wall. I always like to make little holiday vignettes- so I’m going to use my “eggs” as a backdrop for actual Easter eggs, cute little figurines, and Victorian postcards.
The best part is- you could totally do this with the plastic oval frames that are more common in thrift stores (and cheaper than wood ones)- so don’t pass those up next time you’re out junkin’! No one will know the difference.
And if you are looking for more repurposed picture frame projects, be sure to check out my other ideas!