Camping Decor with Repurposed Picture Frames

Camping Decor with Repurposed Picture Frames

The first time I posted a Hudson Bay Wool Blanket–inspired project, I thought of it solely as fall or winter decor. Those classic 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 same idea to create some camping decor to use during the summer months.

A quick refresher: my first Hudson Bay inspired project:

DIY Cabin Decor with Hudson Bay stripes on white dishes

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.

Wooden picture frame at a thrift store

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

Wide and flat wooden picture frames for painting

After removing everything from within the picture frames and a quick wipe down, they were ready to become the camping decor that I had envisioned!

Empty picture frames for painting

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Hudson Bay Stripes as Camping Decor

First, I painted each frame in a creamy off-white color.

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!

Painting the stripes of an HBC Blanket for camping decor

Next, I assembled craft paints that resembled the colors of an 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 paint dried, I carefully removed the painter’s tape. And just like that, I had some camping decor that was inspired by an HBC blanket!

Upcycling a picture frame with Hudson Bay Stripes for camping 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.

Summer camp decor that is inspired by an HBC blanket

Lastly, I spritzed each frame with a flat clear topcoat to seal in the paint and protect it over time.

Camping Decor with Repurposed Picture Frames

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 summer camp decor feel they have.

camping decor from the thrift store

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.

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!

hudson bay stripes on a repurposed picture frame

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 how I gave this vintage canteen a cozy makeover!

Upcycling a metal canteen into plaid decor

I’m also super excited to announce that my first book is now available! If you love working with flannel or fabric crafts in general (sewing and non-sewing), then you will LOVE “Crafting with Flannel”!

Craft book on flannel fabric

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. 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!

  3. Would you post the four colours you used from AMAZON

    • The four links underneath the photo of the frame with the strips of painter’s tape on it are Amazon links to each paint color. Look for the colors in bold, blue, underlined font.

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