Re-Using Old Picture Frames
by Rachel Paxton - email@example.com
Description: Don't throw away old picture frames. Instead, use them to create new works of art!
It's fun taking something apart and putting it back together
again in a new creative way. I work in an office where we had a
lot of old promotional type posters that were very expensively
matted and framed. Now that we're moving to a new office we
wanted something new, but didn't want to spend a lot of money
decorating. We decided to disassemble the old frames and re-use
the mats to frame new prints.
We made a visit to a local craft store and found an abundance of
inexpensive artwork in all sizes, ranging in price from $1.49 to
$40.00. Definitely within our budget. We picked out several
beautiful floral prints and framed them with the old mats and
frames. Disassembling the old prints included tearing off most of
the prints that had previously been glued to the mats, but I just
tore it all off and used scotch tape to tack down the new prints.
The new prints don't have to completely fit your frames or mats,
either. It was hard finding prints that were just the right size.
Don't be afraid to move the print around in a mat that's a little
too small. Often you can cover some edges of the print and not
take away from the overall effect of the picture at all. Just
trim edges where necessary to make the print fit (after you've
double checked your positioning within the mat). You can also buy
bigger mats to make a smaller print fit in a larger frame.
If you don't care if all of your frames match, it's very
inexpensive to shop thrift stores and yard sales for cheap prints
and re-use the mats and frames for new prints. Or go through some
of your own old prints and redecorate!
Also, when looking for inexpensive prints, don't limit yourself
to poster prints. Postcards and greeting cards also look great
framed. Add a mat and you'll never be able to tell the
You don't need a lot of special tools to get started. All you
really need is possibly a screwdriver for disassembling frames, a
ruler to make sure your print is straight, some tape for
attaching the print to the mat, and a pencil and scissors for
marking and trimming prints that don't quite fit.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to have great wall art. It
just takes a little planning ahead to match print sizes to frames
and match colors. Have fun, and use your imagination! A beautiful
picture really brightens up a room, and you can create your own
easily and inexpensively.
Originally published at Suite 101.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For easy do-it-yourself home decorating ideas for busy moms, visit http://www.frugal-home-decor.com.
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