Steampunk Decor from a Multi Photo Frame

Steampunk Decor from a Multi Photo Frame

I found an unusual and unique multi photo frame on a recent thrifting adventure. Right off the bat, it reminded me of a vintage pocket watch – the kind with multiple watch faces keeping time. Of course, when the cashier remarked how unique the frame was and I mentioned the pocket watch familiarity that I was feeling, she looked at me like I was crazy. But that’s ok- I’m used to that by now. All I knew was that it was destined to become steampunk decor!

Multi photo frame at thrift store for upcycling idea for steampunk decor or vintage wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

See what I mean, though? It looks like a pocket watch…the open face pocket watch kind, to be more specific. And it was just begging for a makeover!

Upcycling idea for multi photo frame to become a vintage pocket watch for steampunk decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Crazy or not, I couldn’t see it any other way. So, I began to transform the picture frame into a vintage pocket watch to be used as vintage wall decor or steampunk decor. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Transforming a Multi Photo Frame into a Vintage Pocket Watch for Steampunk Decor

First things first- I had to disassemble the multi photo frame, which was pretty simple and easy.

I unscrewed the top ring, and simply popped out the little frames (or pocket watch faces-to-be). They consisted of a brass-tone metal ring, a convex plastic cover, and paper/cardboard backing.

Transforming a multi photo frame into antique wall decor or steampunk decor by Sadie Seasongoods

I wiped everything down and gathered some paint- a dark metallic bronze for the multi photo frame itself, and an antiqued brass paint to brush on the metal rings.

When all the painting was said and done, this is how everything looked. Now I could really transform it into a vintage pocket watch to use as vintage wall decor.

To fill the multi photo frame with clock faces, I used these amazing images from EPBOT. I saved the printable clock faces, resized to fit my inside the small round frames, and added arrow “hands” in my photo editing program.

Then, I printed them out so that I could finish up my vintage pocket watch / steampunk decor!

From there, it was just a matter of cutting them out and re-assembling each mini-frame inside the larger multi photo frame.

Multi photo frame getting upcycled into vintage pocket watch for steampunk decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Are you ready to see how my upcycling idea for steampunk decor turned out?

Steampunk Decor with a Multi Photo Frame Upcycled into a Vintage Pocket Watch

And. That. Was. It! Instant steampunk decor that looks just like a vintage pocket watch.

It’s almost worth me driving back to that thrift shop to show the cashier…but then she’d REALLY think I was crazy…so I’d better not.

How to repurpose a multi photo frame into a vintage pocket watch for vintage wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Isn’t it so cool? I honestly don’t even know what I’ll do with it now (as is the problem I face with a lot of projects) but I just had to see if my vision for steampunk decor would work out…and I think it did!

Steampunk decor that started as a multi photo frame and was upcycled into vintage pocket watch by Sadie Seasongoods

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea, then you will LOVE this metal card catalog project that I made from VHS tape drawers. Perfect for industrial decor!

How to build an industrial metal card catalog table from upcycled VHS tape drawers from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. When I looked at the finished project, before reading how you made it, I actually thought the clocks/watch faces were real! Good job!!

  2. You did it again, what a great and unique idea! Love it!

  3. O M G. I love it! And, if you can’t find a place for it at your house, I sure can in mine. :o)

  4. Laura Werley says

    A very clever mind you have! I love the funkiness of the clocks. I wish I had your computer skills to figure out the re-sizing and the addition of the hands, but maybe I should practice. What program did you use to work with the images? Thanks for another great upcycling project. And I had to smile at the store photo with the frame next to a crockpot. Is your Goodwill really that jumbled?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Laura! I use picmonkey (the paid version- but there’s a less-exciting free version, as well). Not all of my Goodwills are that jumbled…but this one sure was!

  5. It reminds me of those displays showing the times in different time zones. Cute.

  6. Well if you’re too shy about showing that cashier how your vision unfolded, I would definitely slip her your business card during the next visit. She’ll be so impressed with what you create with THEIR stuff that word will surely get around among everyone who works there and so on and so on. Pinned because it’s so dang cute!

  7. Debra A Wise says

    It’s so uniquely you! You always amaze me with your vision and creativity! Great job.

  8. You did it again, girl! Love it! I bet your thrift shop gets a lot of crazy customers. Next time, ask her if she left her imagination at home that day!!

  9. You are so creative! I never would have thought of that. Now I want to find a frame just like it!

  10. vickie l obrien says

    Sadie,
    that is so cute!!!! Surely you have some place in your home to display!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Vickie! It’s actually on its way to the gal who bought it! I’m trying to be better about selling more of my projects. 🙂

  11. When I saw the first photo, I thought they were real pocket watches! What a great DIY!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Right?? Those pics from EPBOT were perfect because they look real, especially since I downsized them for my project. Thank you so much!

  12. Brilliant! Love the way you think!

  13. Barbara Redman says

    Fantastic . . . the wheels are turning . . . . wouldn’t this be a great Mother’s Day gift? . . . . I can see the time on each of the clocks as the time of her children’s births . . . . or an anniversary gift with the times of the wedding and special events throughout their lives . . . . yes, wheels turning!

  14. So, so awesome. EVERY. DARN. TIME. Love it!

  15. Sue Pagels says

    I love pocket watches and especially love your vision!

  16. Ridiculously clever and awesome! You have me brainstorming over what I can print out and use now!

    I’ve featured you in this upcoming weekend’s DIY Salvaged Junk Projects. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, sweet friend! I’m so sorry I’ve been less reliable about your link party of late. I’ve gotten lax in my link party participation, LOL. Appreciate the feature more than you know!

  17. This is truly amazing you are so talented.
    Maria

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