Upcycling Picture Frames into Camping Decor

Upcycling Picture Frames into Camping Decor

The first time I posted a Hudson’s Bay Blanket – inspired project, I thought of it solely as winter decor. Those classic Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) blankets are made of wool, after all, right? But, a few of my readers commented that the stripes actually reminded them of summer camp. So, I decided to revisit the project for summer – think of it as summer camp decor or camping decor.

A quick refresher – my first Hudson’s Bay inspired project:

Hudson Bay Blanket as inspiration for lodge decor or mountain cabin decor with this upcycling idea by Sadie Seasongoods

I’m also using a different “canvas” for this upcycling idea, too. Instead of white ceramics from the thrift store, I wanted to upcycle some picture frames. Specifically, wooden frames that were wider around the perimeter.

Picture frame or photo frame at thrift store for upcycling into camping decor and summer ideas for decorating by Sadie Seasongoods

My plan was to paint the frames to look like the iconic stripes of a Hudson’s Bay blanket. After hitting a few thrift stores, I had a trio of frames to play around with.

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Painting Frames to Look Like a Hudson’s Bay Blanket for Camping Decor

First, I deconstructed the picture frames, removing any backing, filler, and price tags.

Upcycling picture frames from the thrift store into modern rustic decor inspired by a Hudson's Bay blanket by Sadie Seasongoods

When they were all cleaned up, I painted each frame in a creamy off-white color (“String Cheese” by Behr Paint).

Now for the fun part – the iconic stripes of a Hudson’s Bay Blanket! Using 0.94” painter’s tape, I measured out ¼” strips and cut them using my rotary cutter on a self-healing craft mat.

Then, I carefully placed the strips of tape on the painted picture frame. These would act as adhesive stencils for painting the Hudson’s Bay-inspired stripes!

Using painter's tape to create adhesive stencils for stripes when upcycling picture frames by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I assembled craft paints that resembled the colors of a vintage HBC blanket: red, green, yellow, and deep blue. Using the smallest stenciling brushes in my arsenal, I carefully stippled on the paint between the tape stencils.

In retrospect, I should have added some black paint to the blue to make it a lot darker. Coulda, shoulda, woulda…

After the colorful paint dried, I carefully removed the painter’s tape! And just like that, I had some camping decor inspired by a Hudson’s Bay blanket.

Painting frames for camping decor or modern rustic decor to use for summer decorating ideas by Sadie Seasongoods

Hudson’s Bay Blanket Inspiration: Camping Decor or Modern Rustic Decor

I could have left well-enough alone, but you know me by now! I love a little more “rustic”-ness to my projects. So, I used 220-grit sandpaper to gently distress the entire frame, including the stripes.

Picture frame that was painted and inspired by a Hudson's Bay Blanket to use as camping decor by Sadie Seasongoods

I loved how painting the frames like an HBC blanket turned out – and I’m not sure if I’ll fill them with photos or leave them empty. Either way, I love the vintage camp feel they have.

Camping decor or modern rustic decor with picture frames inspired by a Hudson's Bay blanket by Sadie Seasongoods

With some other vintage camp treasures (old binoculars, lanterns, canteen, scouting memorabilia, etc.), these frames would be perfect for a mantelscape or vignette of camping decor.

And, of course, these would be excellent mixed into your autumn and/or winter decor, as well. But it’s nice to create some summer decor inspired by camping! Usually my summer decor projects are either beachy/coastal in nature, or patriotic in red, white, and blue!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for camping decor, then you’ll love my rustic coat rack made from an old wooden paddle!

How to transform a wooden paddle or oar into a rustic coat rack and nautical decor for a mountain cabin in Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!


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  1. Being a Canuck, I truly appreciate those HBC stripes! Great idea 🙂

  2. What a great project, I love the classic stripes of the Hudson Bay wool blankets! We always had one folded at the end of our beds in our ski house! I think your vignette looks great with the frame!

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