UNIQUE USES FOR PICTURE FRAMES
by Alyssa Davis
Picture frames come in all materials, colors, and sizes. You can find used, inexpensive ones at your local thrift store or get elegant, statement-making ones at a home dÃ©cor store. The great thing about picture frames is that they don’t have to hold photographs, nor do they have to be hung on a wall. The following ideas will help to stretch your imagination and find your own unique use for these versatile items.
Frame Paper and Cloth
Â· To decorate a study, hang up frames that hold interesting old letters or stamped envelopes.
Â· For a music studio, frame sheet music; for a kitchen, display antique doilies pinned to a black matte board.
Â· To add country warmth to your room, display quilt blocks or handkerchiefs in a frame. Or, accent any style – from Asian, to Southwestern or Nautical – by framing fabrics that coordinate with the colors and theme of a room.
Frame Uses with Practical Purposes
Key Holder: Remove the glass from the frame and cover the backing with pretty paper. Use superglue to attach key hooks that can be purchased at home dÃ©cor stores.
Headboard DÃ©cor: Get extra-small frames in the same color and style, remove the glass and wrap the backing with fabric or wallpaper. Glue the frames along the perimeter of the headboard, or create any design you choose.
Decorative Tray: Find an antique frame with metallic gilding and place fabric or paper under the glass that coordinates with your room dÃ©cor. Place on a side table with a vase of flowers or on the bedroom dresser to hold perfumes and makeup.
Display Mementos and Collections
Picture frames are ideal for showcasing collections.
Do you collect buttons, sea shells, stamps, dried plants and flowers?
Create Frame Artwork
Empty frames can add a nice artistic touch to your space. Select some frames of different colors, styles, and shapes that catch your eye. You may arrange them on a wall or place them on a ledge or shelf, leaning them against the wall. You may even want to fix a large, ornamental frame on the ceiling to highlight a light fixture.
Picture frames can also be used to frame a mosaic of beads, glass, or tile pieces.
Alyssa Davis is the senior staff writer for