10 Things to Do With a Plain Picture Frame


Start With the Frame

A few of our favorites: White Lacquer Emery 2.5″ x 3.5″, 4″ x 6″, and 5″ x 7″ frames, $2 to $3, worldmarket.com; Malden Wide Linear 5″ x 7″ frame in white, $12.50, aifriedman.com; Nyttja 5″ x 7″ frame, $4 for a set of 2, IKEA stores

Stick On Fun Tape

Buy patterned washi tape that’s about as wide as your frame. Cut four pieces to cover the frame, then press each down firmly, overlapping the corners. Tape: FunTape in argyle, $5 per roll, http://www.ginkopapers.com

Put Down an Overlay

Paint the frame with yellow craft paint, and let dry. Cut a white foam overlay into four strips. Attach to the frame with clear-drying craft glue, like Aleene’s Quick Dry tacky glue ($3, craft stores). Paint: FolkArt acrylic paint in yellow lemon, $2 for 2 ounces, joann.com; Overlay: O’verlays Harper 2″ trim, $3 per foot, http://www.myoverlays.com

Add Flowers

Paint the frame green. Paint the outsides of four toilet paper rolls various bright colors using craft paint. Let dry, then lightly flatten the rolls and cut into 1/2-inch pieces to create petal shapes. Attach the petals with clear-drying craft glue. Paint: (frame) Americana acrylic paint in bright green, $1.50 for 2 ounces, http://www.joann.com; (petals) Americana acrylic paint in bright orange, bright yellow, Bahama blue, and baby blue, $1.50 for 2 ounces, http://www.hobbylobby.com

Dot It

Press pencil erasers into a multicolor ink pad. Stamp the frame, starting with a few dots at the top and adding more toward the bottom. To prevent smudges, coat with a clear acrylic sealer, like Krylon Crystal Clear ($6, craft stores).

A Rainbow of Colors

Use one pencil eraser for each ink color. Be sure to use an ink pad that’s safe on wood. Ink pad: VersaColor Multicolor in limone, $7, http://www.tsukineko.com for buying info

Belt It

Use a utility knife to cut an old belt into four pieces to cover the frame, trimming each end at a 45-degree angle to match the frame’s mitered corners. Attach the belt with heavy-duty craft or hot glue. If your belt won’t completely cover your frame, paint the frame first with brown craft paint, and let dry.



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