30+ Ideas for Upcycled Picture Frames

30+ Ideas for Upcycled Picture Frames

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.

I’ve repurposed them in many ways, from the simple to the complex. This one was a simple project, that’s for sure- in fact, “project” might be too strong a word for it!

mid-century modern wall decor from thrift store finds

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

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, like this tray that I made.

halloween tray from a picture frame to use as holiday decor

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!

picture frame wreath as neutral fall decor

To get your creative juices flowing, I’ve gathered together some of my favorite ideas for upcycled picture frames. Even some that are STILL USED as picture frames, just in unique or unexpected ways.

Displaying vintage Christmas postcards in a rotating photo frame

And plenty of ideas when they’re used in completely DIFFERENT ways that have nothing to do with photos or graphics (like this embroidery project below).

cottagecore art from vintage floral sheets

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. Whether I’m giving one a simple makeover

Camping decor inspired by a Hudson Bay wool blanket

Or incorporating one into seasonal decor, like this “haunted” house family photo!

Haunted house decor with a house shaped picture frame

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

Plus, I even used picture frames for a couple of projects in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”. You can purchase it online from Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart!

diy gift ideas from crafting with flannel

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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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