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Today’s crazy craft material was a suggestion from commenter DBB, who asked: “Can you show us some crafts with refurbishing old picture frames?” Well, DBB, it’s taken me a bit of time to work my way through my list to get to your request, but I think my finds were worth the wait. (Hopefully you will, too!)

Empty frames make great wall decor! See what else you can do with empty frames on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

This idea from HGTV-fave Brian Patrick Flynn couldn’t be easier or more artful, despite the fact that there’s no art involved. Give empty frames a makeover with paint and arrange on the wall for a mod gallery effect.

Make a jewelry holder from an empty frame! See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...
If you’ve got too much bling on your hands, think outside the (jewelry) box! Add chicken wire to an empty frame like Marc Atiyolil did here for an attractive way to organize your baubles. Head to Examiner for the DIY details.

The easiest DIY wedding photo booth = an empty frame! See more empty frame ideas on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Photo: Jackie Wonders via Love and Lavender

I love a good wedding photo booth, but they can be pricey. This empty frame set-up allows guests to create their own photo ops and snap away, without the hassle and expense of a booth rental. I bet this would be a hit at birthday parties, graduation celebrations and family reunions, too. Take a look at the rest of Jackie Wonders’ dreamy wedding photos on Love and Lavender.

Turn an empty frame into a cheery wreath! See more empty frame ideas on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

If your door is a bore, add some interest with an empty frame “wreath,” as seen here from A Glimpse Inside. Who said wreaths have to be round, anyway?

Turn an empty frame into a display for multiple photos! See more empty frame ideas on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Still want to frame some art? Try this twist from Come On Over. Wire, mini clothespins and an empty frame make a picture-perfect display.

Which empty frame craft do you think is a masterpiece? And is there a common household item you’d like to see appear in this column? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

10 Responses

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    The door wreath

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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