30+ Ideas for Upcycled Picture Frames from the Thrift Store

30+ Ideas for Upcycled Picture Frames from the Thrift Store

Few things in life are certain, but this one is: step into any thrift store in any town, and you will find a plethora of picture frames. Why so many end up donated to thrifts, I’ll never know. But the good news is that there are tons of ideas for upcycled picture frames out there.

Not only can picture frames be given a basic (or even complex) makeover to be used to house photos and art in your home, but they can be transformed drastically into something else entirely.

Personally, I am drawn towards vintage picture frames or antique frames to use as home decor. Even as interesting backdrops in vignettes around the house!

Gesso frame as a backdrop in a vintage vignette

But all photo frames have upcycling potential, from round frames, to multi photo frames, and cute picture frames.

I’ve certainly made my fair share of repurposed projects from cheap frames. For example, I made this framed cork board from thrift store pieces.

Framed cork board from a picture frame

And this neutral Fall wreath that started out as a picture frame!

Neutral fall decor with a picture frame wreath

To get your creative juices flowing, I’ve gathered together some of my favorite ideas for upcycled picture frames.

No matter which kind you find while thrifting (wooden picture frames, gold picture frames, family picture frames, etc.), there’s bound to be an idea in here for you.

30+ Ideas for Upcycled Picture Frames

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So, do you feel inspired by all these old picture frame ideas? I’m sure I’ll be doing something again in the near future.

And you’ll likely start to recognize some of my favorite old frames when you see them as backdrops in my project photos!

Vintage condiment caddy as mini succulent pots

What can I say, I just love an empty ornate picture frame.

Cloisonne vase for thrift home decor

If you enjoyed these repurposing ideas for picture frames, then you may also be intrigued by this shabby chic wall decor I made from an old window frame, too!

Framed doilies as shabby chic wall decor

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Upcycled picture frames and repurposing projects for old frames


  1. Great collection of projectsl If I ever run out of ideas of things to do with my hoard of frames, I know just where to go!!!


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