Make it Green: How to Repurpose Old Picture Frames

| 9/14/2010 3:50:58 PM

I’m no stranger to moving. As a recent college graduate, I’ve moved four times in five years. After the hassle of packing, hauling and lifting all of my stuff, the part of a move that I look forward to the most is decorating. But buying new décor can be expensive—and wasteful.

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Picture frames that are missing the glass can be easily repurposed into eco-friendly wall art. Photo By Robert in Toronto/Courtesy Flickr.

After my most recent move, I wanted to personalize my new place. My home was seriously lacking art, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money to decorate the walls. So, I gathered unused picture frames from family members. The glass for the frames had been broken or the prints to fit the frames had long ago been lost. Instead of letting these frames go to waste, I repurposed them into interesting (and eco-friendly!) art for my new space. Before buying new décor for your walls, check out these do-it-yourself projects to revamp old picture frames into inexpensive wall art.

Hang it up. As is.

Who says you need glass? If you have a frame that’s missing the glass, hang it on the wall anyway. You might be surprised by how interesting it looks without the glass or a picture. Try hanging the frame in an entryway above a small table, like you would a mirror. This idea works especially well with larger frames.

A frame within a frame.