There are lots of crafts that use picture frames in an unusual manner, and this article will show you a few more. All of these crafts are extremely simple yet look unique and expensive when completed. You’ll need to add a couple of inexpensive craft supply items to the picture frames, to complete the projects, but the items are all very inexpensive.
When the backing and glass are removed from a picture frame, you’re left with a plain frame that serves well when making basket-type decor items for your home. From these plain frames you can make magazine holders, toy baskets, and other holders.
One basket-type arrangement you can easily make requires two picture frames of any size. If you want a magazine holder, you’ll choose large picture frames. If you want a small desk accessory, to hold pens and pencils, you’ll choose two small frames. Remove the backing, with stand, from the picture frames, as well as the glass. If there’s no cardboard with the frame, cut a piece, and slide it into one frame. Leave the other frame completely blank.
Place the frame with cardboard on a table. There are many things you can use to form the sides, front and back of the basket or magazine holder. Dowel rods, picture frames, cardboard – all of these things can be used. If using dowel rods, choose long or short, depending upon the way you want the end result to look. The long dowels will give you a deep basket, such as would be used to hold umbrellas or magazines. Short dowels will give you a squat basket that’s great for holding combs and brushes or other bathroom accessories.
You can use hot glue to attach the dowels to the perimeter of the picture frame, as it lies on the table. If the intended basket will be holding heavy items you might want to opt for an adhesive with a stronger hold. After you’ve attached the dowels to the bottom picture frame, add more adhesive and attach the top picture frame. The finished look will be one picture frame that forms the bottom of the basket, another picture frame that forms the top opening of the basket, and the dowels that form the actual “basket”. If heavy items will be placed into the basket, slide a wood piece, or a very thick piece of cardboard, into the bottom before filling.
Instead of dowels you can glue on picture frames to form the front, back and sides of the basket. Remove the backing and glass from two frames, leaving the cardboard in one of them. The top and bottom frames must be the same size. Now remove the backing from several more picture frames and glue a piece of cardboard on the back instead. Glue these altered frames around the perimeter of the bottom picture frame. Now glue the top frame – which has no glass, cardboard or backing – onto the top, to form the perimeter for the side frames. The side frames can actually hold a picture, with cardboard glued over the backside to hold it in.
The combinations are endless: use one large frame on top, with a smaller frame on bottom, then add the dowels. The basket, then, will be large at the top and progressively get smaller towards the bottom. The opposite can be done as well, for a look that is small at the top and larger at the bottom. This arrangement is great for large, silk flowers, or set a slender vase inside to hold real flowers. Use the same size picture frames all the way around as you use for the top and bottom. This can be completely made of small frames for a desktop accessory or it can be made from all large frames to form a huge basket to hold laundry or scrapbook supplies.
If you want an inexpensive arrangement, just use cardboard to form the front, sides, and back of the basket. Use one long piece that is folded to form each corner. Paint or cover the cardboard with fabric or shelf liner. Other things you can use to form the outside of the basket include hardback book covers, cereal boxes, poster board, Fun Foam sheets, CD cases or tightly-stretched fabric with dowels or wire to hold up the corners.
The baskets are unique and will add to the decor of most any room. They also make great gifts, fabulous craft projects for kids, or just something to do on a rainy day. Most people have everything it takes to make the picture frame baskets. Look around your own home to find the frames and something to form the sides. You’ll be impressed with your own handiwork when it’s completed.