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A beautiful picture frame can, in fact, enhance the entire feel of a room. Load it with a classic family portrait or vacation photos and suddenly the warmth and energy of the room are totally flipped. Frames from the online framing service platforms enhance the beauty of your home. Isn’t it amazing?

However, if you want to decorate your home all by yourself, then take a look at these 10 incredible DIY ideas on how to put those old picture frames to a larger use. You can thank me later!

1. A DIY Mood Board:

Do you remember the days when you would collect ideas from magazines and books? People used to have folders for different things that inspired them. Only a few of them knew that they are creating physical pinboards. With an overwhelming amount of inspiration coming to you all the time, mood boards are the perfect way to hone a specific feel, and display snippets of inspiration.

What you need to make your mood board: A frame, wire roll, wire cutters, staple gun + staples, mini clothespins.

 
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Steps:

  • Carefully remove the glass from the frame and also remove the metal tabs.
  • Measure the length of wire needed to cover the frame after allowing approximately a half inch of overlap. Use wire cutters to cut from the roll precisely.
  • Staple the wire around the edges. People normally place staples at every three inches.
  • Now the fun part starts and this step is totally up to you. DECORATING! Decorate it the way you want to.

You can design your mood board on themes, such as:

  • A specific color palette
  • Prints and patterns
  • Vacation memories
  • Cards
  • Quotes
  • Illustrations

2. A DIY Picture Frame Calendar:

In this busy world, one thing that is very important is keeping your busy schedules in order so you don’t forget those coffee dates. Instead of heading to the store to buy a boring paper calendar that will need replacement when the year ends, make a cute and personalized calendar that will last long!

What you need to make your frame calendar: A set of dry erase markers (these come handy because they have the erasers attached to them), a large picture frame and 7 paint swatches from any paint store.

 
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Steps:

  • Use a hard surface cleaner on the picture frame to remove spots or stains.
  • Then, attach the paint swatches with tape on the back so they do not move.
  • Next, place the swatches on the picture frame, place colored side upwards, and close the back.
  • Fill out the month and days with your dry erase markers.

Voila! You have a lovely customizable calendar ready. Now, whenever a month ends, just erase each month and start over fresh.

3. A DIY Memo Board:

What you need to make your memo board: All you need is a frame, thumbtacks, hammer, wire, and a strong adhesive.

 
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Steps:

  • First, make sure that the frames are clean.
  • Using a small hammer, lightly tap the tacks at an angle into the back of the frame.
  • Wrap the wire around the tacks and across the frames horizontally in random and diagonal directions
  • Wrap the wire around each tack and use a strong adhesive under each tack to keep them in place as some of them may start to pop out.
  • Attach sawtooth or metal picture hanging hooks to the top edge of each side to hang the frame.

Now your memo board is ready. Fill the memo board with things that inspire you. To get started, just print off some quotes you love on cardstocks and pin them to the board.

4. A DIY Framed Pegboard:

 
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Steps:

What you need to make your framed pegboard:

  • Frame
  • Pegboard Sheet
  • Oval frame
  • Chicken Wire
  • Spray Paint
  • Staple Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Pegboard Organizers

Steps:

  • Start by spray painting all the frames and the pegboard. Apply two coats of paint on each with about 30 minutes dry time between the two coats.
  • Meanwhile, cut the pegboard and chicken wire into the same size.
  • Let them dry overnight and then simply place the pegboard on the big frame.
  • For the chicken wire frame, attach it to the back of the oval frame with a staple gun.
  • The chicken wire is perfect for clipping motivational cards and to-do notes too.

5. A DIY Framed Charging Station:

 
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Steps:

What you need to make your charging station:

Scraps of trim (any type of thin trim with a decent-sized ledge to rest your electronics will work) Picture frame (find one with a good and sturdy stand so it’s not floppy and with a solid chipboard backing) Thick cardboard Hand saw Glue gun Scissors or an x-acto knife Chalk finish paint

Steps:

  • Cut a piece of cardboard which can fit in the frame.
  • Cut two pieces of trim with a hand saw that can fit inside the width of the frame.
  • With scissors, cut two notches on one side of the cardboard and the photo frame’s backing. Make them on the side that you want your cords to enter.
  • Paint the trim pieces and cardboard, insert with chalk paint & let it dry completely.
  • Insert the painted cardboard piece into the frame.
  • Glue your trim pieces in place.

Now, lay your frame down and place your electronics inside the frame.

6. A DIY Serving Tray:

 
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Steps:

What you need to make your serving tray:

  • Drill bit case
  • Drill
  • Caulk gun
  • Circular saw
  • 3/4” to 1-1/4” wood screw
  • Mini roller
  • Mini roller pan
  • Screwdriver
  • Roller handle
  • Picture frame
  • Two drawer handles
  • 1/2” plywood; chalkboard paint
  • Liquid bonding adhesive
  • Measuring tape

Steps:

  • Use a measuring tape to determine the size of a removable panel along the back of the frame.
  • Mark half inches of plywood to size with pencil or marker.
  • Cut the plywood using a circular saw.
  • Based on integrated mounting holes, determine the proper positioning of drawer handles on the front of the picture frame. Mark with a marker and make two holes into the frame with a drill.
  • Place handles and attach them with screws using a screwdriver or drill.
  • Apply two coats of paint to the plywood using a roller handle and roller sleeve.
  • Once the paint is dry, use a caulk gun to add a bead of liquid bonding adhesive approximately one-fourth of an inch inside from the edge of the opening. Next, place the plywood in its permanent position.
  • With the plywood firmly in position, use a screwdriver to screw it.
  • Your serving tray is ready now for serving delicious food prepared by you.

7. A DIY Wine Cork Hot Plate:

 
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Steps:

What you need to make plates for your kitchen:

  • 150 to 300 wine corks
  • Picture frame
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun
  • Craft knife
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Steps:

  • Remove the glass from a picture frame which is the desired size of your wine cork hot plate.
  • Stick a wine cork in a horizontal position to the top right corner of the picture frame cardboard with hot glue. Make sure to position the wine cork to the top so that the end of the cork rests against the inside edge of the frame. Paste another horizontal wine cork below the first one with the bottom, or narrowest end of the cork resting against the inside edge of the frame.
  • Stick a third wine cork to the cardboard in a vertical position against the ends of the first two wine corks. Place the thick end of the vertical cork so that it ceases against the top of the interior of the picture frame. Fix a fourth wine cork beside the third wine cork, also in a vertical position, but with the narrow end resting against the frame.
  • Redo Steps 2 and 3 to fill the top row of the picture frame with wine corks
  • Redo Steps 2, 3 and 4 to add as many rows as you need to fill the inside of the picture frame
  • Cut a strip of 1/2-inch-wide ribbon to fit the border of the frame. Paste the ribbon along the top edge of the frame and the corks around the perimeter to camouflage any cut sections of the cork.

8. A DIY headboard:

 
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Steps:

What you need to make your headboard:

  • Saw: either table saw, jigsaw, or circular saw
  • Underlayment plywood
  • Drill
  • 1/16-inch drill bit
  • 3/8-inch Forstner drill bit
  • Sanding sponge 150 grit
  • 1"x3"x8' pine boards
  • Nails or staples
  • Wood glue
  • Paint
  • Foam roller and tray or brush
  • Cotton sash cord 100 ft
  • Fabric Dye
  • Large D ring hangers

Steps:

  • Cut plywood to the desired headboard size. With a small touch, drill 1/16-inch holes in the marked pattern.
  • Use 1"x3"x8' pine boards set on the narrow edges to construct a stretcher for the backside of the headboard. Use a butt joint and nail.
  • Paint the exterior and let it dry.
  • Anchor it to the wall.

9. A DIY Layered, Open Frame Gallery Wall

 
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Steps:

  • The wall is something that you see when you walk into the room, so you can make it a big visual impact.
  • Gather frames of various sizes and designs.
  • Next, measure the length and width of the area on the wall you would like to fill.
  • Paint your labeled frames. You can use spray paint or a brush.
  • Hang the paper template on the wall.
  • Go ahead and hang the frames that will be directly against the wall.

Use them as innovative decorative items:

  • You can use a photo frame as something in which you can put small items such as shells. It’s an intriguing idea.
  • Another idea is to repurpose a very old frame. It will also have a rustic look but it will be more fit for a painting or a poster. Replace the glass if required and you could also paint the frame in the colors you want.

Now give all your pictures a new and refreshing look with custom frames online. Best online framing services are available just for you at E Picture Framing!