10 Ways to Use Photo Frames (Besides the Obvious)

Photo frames are for photographs, of course, but don’t limit yourself! There are many other less obvious uses. Here are ten to spark your imagination:

  1. Tell a story with your pictures. Create a collage effect with a themed grouping of table top or wall photos.
  2. Lay the frame on a table. Remove the glass and inside stuffing in order to use the frame as an open box. You can put rubber or felt pads on the back of the frame to act as “feet”.
  3. Create a mirror by replacing the clear glass with a piece of mirror glass.
  4. Frame a small object such a special button, or a beautiful bow (use a deep frame for this).
  5. Remove the glass and inserts and attach a piece of screening to the frame opening from the inside. Duct tape will hold the screen in place. Voila! You now have an earring holder and display.
  6. Make a sign. Type out what you want to say using a decorative font and frame that.
  7. Create a keepsake greeting card for yourself or as a gift. If you want to get creative, cut off the inside of the card and glue it to the back of the frame so the recipient doesn’t have to open the frame in order to read the greeting.
  8. Take a postcard or an invitation and a related picture and place them in identical frames. Put the two together with small hinges you can get in the hardware store, or buy a ready-made double frame.
  9. Display your child’s artwork in a document frame, which is 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches, the size of a typical sheet of paper.
  10. Frame a dried flower, a lace doily, a piece of ribbon, or fabric by gluing it to a decorative background and you’ll have instant art.

Photo frames come in many sizes, from wallet size (typically 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches, which is known as a full wallet size) to 8 inches x 10 inches. Larger ones such as document frames are for the wall, but you don’t have to limit yourself that way. It’s not usually difficult to remove the easel leg from the back of a frame, but if you’re timid about this, ask a framer to do it for you. This way it will lie flat against the wall. Similarly, you can turn a wall frame into a table top display by purchasing a decorative metal or wood easel.

Post time: 06-06-2017