3 Easy & Fun DIY Frame Hacks

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Family photos and art prints displayed in pretty picture frames are some of my favorite ways to decorate our home, but there is so much more that you can do with a frame that doesn’t involve pictures or prints. I have come up with three creative ways to put one picture frame to use: as a calendar chalkboard, a jewelry organizer, and a beautiful holiday ornament display.

I chose the Antique Zinc Metal Clad Frame because I love it how it combines clean, modern lines with the texture and visual interest of zinc; I knew it would be the perfect frame to transform. Are you ready to see how I transformed these frames?

Frame Hack #1: A Chalkboard Calendar / Mini Home Command Center

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As a mother of three, it can be quite a job keeping track of everyone’s activities, field trip permission slips and birthday parties. I wanted a more organized system to help organize our daily lives.

This little chalkboard calendar pairs with this gorgeous turquoise basket to make a mini home command center The calendar helps everyone keep track of daily activities and the basket holds important mail and a file folder for each kid’s school papers.

What you’ll need:

  • 11×16 Antique Zinc Metal Clad Frame
  • Piece of Black Chalk Board cut to 16.5” x 13.5” (Find it at any home improvement store – they will cut it to size for you!)
  • White Permanent Adhesive Vinyl
  • Vinyl Transfer Tape or Clear Contact Paper
  • My Blank Calendar Design (get the SVG file here)
  • Electronic Cutting Machine

Steps:

1. Remove the glass, mat and backing from the frame. We will be replacing them with a pretty piece of fresh black chalkboard. I had the nice folks at my local home improvement store cut my chalkboard down to the right size to fig snuggly in the frame. When I got home, all I had to do was pop it into the frame and add my calendar on top.

I cut my calendar design from my vinyl using my cutter. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you can get a similar look by drawing the calendar onto your chalkboard using a straight edge and a white paint marker.

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2. After I pulled off the excess vinyl from my design, I smoothed a piece of transfer tape on top of the design to help me peel it off of the vinyl backing while keeping everything positioned correctly.

3. Finally, I positioned it onto my chalkboard and burnished the vinyl on with my fingers and an old credit card.

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4. The last step is to cover the chalkboard in chalk and wipe it away to season the board. This calendar design is flexible so it can be erased and changed for each new month. I love that this new little spot looks so pretty while helping to keep us all organized.

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My next project also helps me to stay organized in style. I really love my new jewelry organizer!

Frame Hack #2: Jewelry Organizer

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If you are like me, then you have a lot of jewelry hiding out in random drawers and boxes in your bathroom or bedroom. It is so hard to know what options you have when they are hidden away, but you also don’t want a big tangle of jewelry out on your dresser.

The trick is to create a beautiful and organized jewelry display that allows you to see everything at once while keeping it all pretty and neat. I think this little framed jewelry display totally fits the bill.

What you’ll need:

I found this awesome woven ribbon that I knew would be the perfect thing for my jewelry organizer.

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Steps:

1. I started by cutting my ribbon into lengths just a bit longer than the width and height of the frame. Then I used my hot glue gun to secure the long strips at the top of the frame. I used a thimble to press the ribbon into the glue and protect my fingers from getting burnt.

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2. When all of my vertical strips were secured at the top, I glued in the horizontal strips onto the left side of the frame one at a time, weaved them through the vertical strips, and then glued them onto the other side.

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3. Finally, I finished up my organizer by removing the bolts from three gorgeous knobs and gluing them onto the bottom of the frame.

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I love how this project turned out! The woven ribbon makes such a pretty surface to hang my earrings from, and I love displaying my favorite necklaces and bracelets on the knobs.

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Frame Hack #3: Ornament Display

I know it is still a little early for Christmas projects, but I am so excited for the holidays after completing this pretty little project. Sometimes our favorite ornaments get somewhat lost on that giant tree, so why not pull them off the tree and display them more prominently this holiday season?

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I found so many gorgeous ornaments just begging to be given this kind of special treatment. I picked a few of my favorite sparkly baubles in store and hung them on a painted frame for this pretty little pink, copper and gold holiday display.

What you’ll need:

Steps:

1. The first step for this DIY is to give the frame a quick coat of metallic copper paint. I still wanted a bit of the zinc color and texture to shine through, so I gave it just a light coat. I love how you can still see the rivets shining through on the corners.

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2. When the paint has dried, use an electric to drill small pilot holes evenly spaced along the bottom side of the top of the frame.  Screw your cup hooks (I recommend gold, of course) into your holes, and you are nearly done!

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3. Finally, hang your ornaments from the hooks. I hung a few from longer pieces of pretty ribbon to stagger their height and create a pleasing arrangement.

And that’s it, folks. Just one frame, used three ways! Which DIY was your favorite?

 

Contributor: Alexis Middleton of persialou.com

6 Comments

  • Sarah Riggs

    I love this idea and want to try it – but how do you take the screw off the back of knobs so they can be glued??

  • Minal

    These are so cute! I have a question about the jewelry holder. I have a couple of different things to hold earrings but always run into the same problem – I can hang the ones with hooks on the back no problem but what do I do with studs or earrings with backs? Would those work on here? Basically, is there a way to get my fingers behind the ribbon to secure them?

    • Lee

      I was thinking the same thing! I was considering taking two strips of ribbon the length of the frame and after doing the woven section perhaps take those two strips one at each end of the frame for balance – and glue them to the top and allow them to hang freely –that way you would have two strips for your studs that are free hanging so would be easy to get to. I don’t think it would detract that much from the frame. You’d still be able to see the woven ribbon behind them. Just a quick thought off the top of my head. Otherwise it seems like you would have to take the frame down every time you wanted to get to your stud earrings.

  • mary

    These are all great ideas! I did something similar for the jewelry holder, but used decorative sheet metal.

  • laubag62

    “I have come up with three creative ways to put one picture frame to use: as a calendar chalkboard, a jewelry organizer, and a beautiful holiday ornament display”
    I disagree, read:
    http://fox6now.com/2013/10/18/discover-fun-easy-recipes-for-juicing-your-favorite-veggies/

  • Cori George

    This is so cute! Love all these ideas.

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