Upcycled Photo Frames

13 Jun

Need a last-minute gift idea for Father’s Day, a birthday, or just because? Create an upcycled photo frame! It doubles as a kids’ activity, too.

Step 1: Find an old frame.

If you're like me, you've amassed a stash of these. If not, they're abundant at thrift shops and garage sales.

If you’re like me, you’ve amassed a stash of these. If not, they’re abundant at thrift shops and garage sales.

Step 2: Remove the glass and backing.

Step 3. Wash the frame and let it dry.

The toddler loved this part. If it's nice, wash them outside, carefree of the mess. If it's not, a dip in the sink will do, too.

The toddler loved this part. If it’s nice, wash them outside, carefree of the mess. If not, a dip in the sink will do, too.

Step 4: Paint the frame white. I used extra indoor house primer.

Tip: Use tacks to raise your frame off your table and make the frame sides easier to paint.

Note: This only works for wood frames. For metal or plastic, make sure they're sitting on an old towel or some paper.

Note: This only works for wood frames. For metal or plastic, make sure they’re sitting on an old towel or some paper.

Step 5: Let the kids decorate it with craft paint.

Alternate idea: Glue on bits of tissue paper with Modge Podge.

She started monochromatic, but quickly went rainbow.

She started monochromatic, but quickly went rainbow.

Step 6: Use Modge Podge or a spray sealer for the final coat.

Step 7: Insert glass, the chosen photo, and the frame backing.

Step 8: Wrap, give, and enjoy!

More ideas:

  • Paint the front of the inner backing with chalkboard paint. Put it on your kid’s bedside table, and leave them sweet little notes.
  • Insert a bit of cork board for tacking up office or kitchen reminders.
  • Use your frames to display your kids’ favorite art pieces.
  • Sting ribbons across the back, staple on each side, and use the ribbons to organize barrettes, like this.
  • Check out even more easy, kid-friendly ideas on my Pinterest board.

Have your own upcycling or frame ideas? Please share!

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