30+ Upcycling Ideas for Cheap Frames / Picture Frames from the Thrift Store

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Cheap Frames / 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 cheap frames are positively FULL of repurposing an upcycling potential.

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 and office decor ideas for cute office decor with upcycling ideas and the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods

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 upcycling ideas for cheap frames. No matter which kind you find while thrifting – wooden picture frames, gold picture frames, or family picture frames – there’s bound to be an idea in here for you.


Upcycling Ideas for Cheap Frames / Vintage Picture Frames

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So, do you feel inspired by all these project ideas for upcycling some cheap frames from the thrift store? I’m sure I’ll be doing something again in the near future.

Looking for more creative ways to upcycle thrifted pieces? Check out this idea for French farmhouse decor from the thrift store before you go!

French farmhouse decor for a farmhouse kitchen using upcycling ideas and thrift store pieces by Sadie Seasongoods

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Upcycling ideas for cheap frames, antique frames, and cute picture frames from the thrift store compiled by Sadie Seasongoods


  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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