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. 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 or DIY cork board by upcycling a picture frame into cute office decor

And this map wall art with oval picture frames, as well…

Map wall art or framed wall art for office made from oval picture frames and antique maps or state maps by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

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!

Shabby chic wall decor and window frame decor with lace doilies for a farmhouse bedroom

Craft on!


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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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