Wednesday 11 July 2012

Easy DIY Artwork: Reusing Picture Frames

Both my girls had these pictures hanging in their nurseries.  I bought the plaques way back before my oldest daughter was born and had them professionally framed.

When my youngest daughter moved to a big girl bed and the decor of her room changed, I knew that I could easily reuse these frames to make artwork that would match her new room.

To complete this project I gathered the following supplies:
  • my frames
  • ruler
  • exacto-knife
  • scrapbook paper
  • paper trimmer
  • guillotine cutter
  • corrugated cardboard

I began by removing the paper backing.  Using my exacto-knife I cut around the back of the frame being careful to only cut the backing paper and not the frame or the plaque.  

I then lifted up the metal prongs that were holding the plaque in place, and popped the plaque out.

Next, I measured the opening of the frame, and using my paper trimmer, cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit.  

I also had to cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to size using my guillotine cutter.  The plaques were much thicker than scrapbook paper, so I needed the cardboard in the frame to provide enough thickness so that the metal prongs would hold everything in place.

When everything was secured, I turned my frame over and loved what I saw.

I then did the same with the other two frames.

This project was very inexpensive since I already had everything that I needed on hand.  It was also very quick to finish - I was done everything in about an hour.

And now I have some artwork to hang on the walls in my daughter's big girl room.  

What do you think?  How have you reused picture frames?


  1. What a good idea - updating the art works. I'm all for repurposing things.

    1. It is fun to think of new uses for old things. Thanks for reading.