Uncategorized

4 Creative Ways To Use Thrifted Frames

April 4, 2022

I’m Deema
TOp categories
Design
Moodboards, room styling..etc
DIY
Paint is my favorite way to transform a room.
Other
I often dabble in other topics
Pretty
On Fridays 

My tears are officially dry from last week, and I’ve started to really have some fun designing my kid’s bedrooms. They’ve both had requests, but my son especially has been very particular about only wanting soccer stuff. And let me tell you, there aren’t that many cute options out there, okay? So naturally, I ran to Goodwill, and below are 3 creative ways to use thrifted frames that are not only easy, but totally budget friendly and fun!

*This post contains affiliate links. That means if you purchase something through my link, while it’s the same cost to you, I get a small commission for me and my family.

1. Frame an old sheet

Wood frame with green mat, framed sheet, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, framing soccer sheets, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame

Ok full disclosure, we don’t use top sheets in our home. I know, I know, this can be quite the controversial topic, but we just don’t. So I had a top sheet left over from the soccer sheets I got my son. However, top sheet user or not, you can use this on any old sheets that you don’t plan on using. I thought this was such a creative way to use a thrifted frame, AND bonus, no need for glass.

So this was the thrifted frame I got from Goodwill.

Thrifted frame with dog art, green mat, wood frame with green mat

The first thing I did was flip it over and remove the backing. You can use whatever tool you want, but I have this pack of jewelry pliers that I use all the time for frames. They’re much thinner than regular pliers, and fit in nicely under whatever hardware is on the back.

how to remove the back of a thrifted frame, how to remove the back of a sealed frame, wood thrifted frame

I love getting thrifted frames with mats, just be careful when removing the existing art. I pull it away slowly with my hands and it usually comes off pretty easy.

how to remove a mat from a thrifted frame, Wood frame with green mat, framed sheet, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, framing soccer sheets, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame

Next, remove the glass, and put the mat back down without the art. (You can keep the glass if you want, but when it’s not fine art, I like to remove the glass and avoid that ugly glare)

Wood frame with green mat, framed sheet, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, framing soccer sheets, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame

Next, I used some scissors to cut the sheet and then I wrapped it around the board that had the existing art. You can use glue if you want, but I ended up using scotch tape because it was faster and did the job. Make sure you pull the sheet tight enough so there aren’t any wrinkles.

Wood frame with green mat, framed sheet, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, framing soccer sheets, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame

Last thing I do is push the hardware back in to secure the art. Depending on how soft it is, I can either use my hand or the pliers again.

Wood frame with green mat, framed sheet, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, framing soccer sheets, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame

And voila! You’re done. Not too shabby for a $4 thrifted Goodwill frame, eh?

Wood frame with green mat, framed sheet, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, framing soccer sheets, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame
Wood frame with green mat, framed sheet, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, framing soccer sheets, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame

2. Turn a framed canvass into a pinboard

Wood frame with canvass, diy pinboard, turn a framed canvass into a pinboard, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame

Thrift stores usually have quite a few framed canvasses, but if you don’t see any on your first trip, remember these pointers from my old blog post. I got these from Goodwill a month or so ago. I could’ve purchased a pinboard already made, but this was a lot cheaper, and it was a creative way to use a thrifted frame to personalize something for my son.

thrifted frames from goodwill, wood frame with fruit art

First thing I did was tape off the sides. Then I took a small roller brush to paint the canvass. This is wall paint that I had leftover from my office. You can choose whatever color you want, I’ve used white wall paint before. However, my son’s favorite soccer team had black and gold colors so I wanted the base to be black.

Wood frame with canvass, diy pinboard, turn a framed canvass into a pinboard, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame, diy pinboard for kids

Then I used a tiny paint brush to fill in the sides that the roller didn’t get.

Wood frame with canvass, diy pinboard, turn a framed canvass into a pinboard, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame, diy pinboard for kids

You can totally stop here, but since my son wanted gold and black colors, I added some gold. It also gave the board some nice texture. If you’re interested, I linked the gold paint here. All I did was squeeze a bunch of lines like this..

Wood frame with canvass, diy pinboard, turn a framed canvass into a pinboard, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame, diy pinboard for kids

And then blended it with the same roller I used for the black paint.

Wood frame with canvass, diy pinboard, turn a framed canvass into a pinboard, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame, diy pinboard for kids

And that’s it, you’re done! I ordered some patches from his favorite soccer teams and added them with clear push pins.

Wood frame with canvass, diy pinboard, turn a framed canvass into a pinboard, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame, diy pinboard for kids
Wood frame with canvass, diy pinboard, turn a framed canvass into a pinboard, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, kids soccer room, creative things to frame, diy pinboard for kids

3. Frame reading + coloring books

Framing coloring books, framing books, framing kids books, upcycling thrifted frames, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, creative things to frame, diy decor for kids, framing books, using books as art, kids room inspo, kids room decor, kids room wall decor, kids room diy

I had a bunch of beautiful Goodwill frames that I still wanted to put to good use. And using pages from books is such a creative way to use thrifted frames–coloring books too! I’ll skip the instructions on how I took the frames apart since I explained it above. The process is pretty simple, I like to use the mat as a guide to know where to cut like this… (and if there’s no mat, I use the backing of the frame as a guide).

Framing coloring books, framing books, framing kids books, upcycling thrifted frames, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, creative things to frame, diy decor for kids, framing books, using books as art, kids room inspo, kids room decor, kids room wall decor, kids room diy

And then you frame it like this. I always remove the glass because I hate the glare. (if I was using fine art, I’d invest in non-glare glass)

Framing coloring books, framing books, framing kids books, upcycling thrifted frames, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, creative things to frame, diy decor for kids, framing books, using books as art, kids room inspo, kids room decor, kids room wall decor, kids room diy

And just a tip, if you’re not crazy about the frame color, you can always spray paint it. You can do black, white, or any color you want. I used this gold spray paint to tone down the orange in the wood color. See the difference below? Just a subtle tweak makes a huge difference. I’m linking that spray paint here.

Framing coloring books, framing books, framing kids books, upcycling thrifted frames, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, creative things to frame, diy decor for kids, framing books, using books as art, kids room inspo, kids room decor, kids room wall decor, kids room diy, spray painting frames

I love how they all turned out.

Framing coloring books, framing books, framing kids books, upcycling thrifted frames, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, creative things to frame, diy decor for kids, framing books, using books as art, kids room inspo, kids room decor, kids room wall decor, kids room diy
Framing coloring books, framing books, framing kids books, upcycling thrifted frames, ideas for framing, what to frame besides art, kids room art, kids room art ideas, kids room wall art, creative things to frame, diy decor for kids, framing books, using books as art, kids room inspo, kids room decor, kids room wall decor, kids room diy

4. Framing a Jersey/T-Shirt

There are two ways to do this: one with a canvass, and one with cardboard. Details in this blog post here.

And if you missed the full reveal of my son’s soccer bedroom, click HERE.

Feedback? Comment below.

Follow me on Instagram

Sign up for Newsletter updates

Follow me on Pinterest

Check out other blog posts here

Add a comment
+ show Comments
- Hide Comments
  1. Natashasmiles says:

    Love this tutorial!

  2. Janie says:

    Your so crafty! Love it!

  3. Janie says:

    You do such fun things with your Goodwill finds! Love it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Browse By Category

DIY

Design

Entertaining

Gift Guides

Other

DIY
design

Are you on Instagram?

Follow me there, I share a lot of the behind the scenes there.  We can be BFFs.  

Follow me

Patio Reveal

My favorite reveal to date.  Read about it below.

Read more here

Sign up for my Friday Newsletter, Merci Ktir

  

I've heard a rumor that every time someone signs up, a puppy is born.  

I'm in!

Join my community.  

Instagram

Follow me on Instagram!  Let's be friends.

@prettyonfridays