Frame Fun!

This week, we’re featuring BH Director of Marketing and Training Kelly Weber, who brings out both her crafty and creative sides in the blog below. We hope she’ll bring you a little fun, frame inspiration if you’ve been on the hunt for a new craft project. Enjoy!

Those of you who know me know I love “primitive treasures.” Some people might call it junk, but I see it as an opportunity to refresh, repurpose or reuse – a chance to flex my creative muscle and make something unique and special, you might say.

I think it might be genetic. Growing up on a farm with my grandfather, we went to farm auctions every chance we got. Some things he used, some things just went in the “pile”, but he had an appreciation for junk long before the junk craze erupted. (Yes, there’s really a “junk craze.” Don’t judge.)

I can warm up to just about anything that’s weathered, worn or rested, but I seem to have a particular affinity for picture frames. Why? Well, there are lots of good reasons. First, they’re plentiful; available at just about every auction, estate sale or flea market. Second, they’re cheap; I’ve picked up boxes of them for just a few bucks. Third, they’re easy to store; so when I DO pick up boxes of them (which is pretty often) my husband doesn’t completely freak out. Finally, they’re easy craft projects. With the right finish and a little forethought, you can make something that’s perfect for just about any décor.

So, what are some of my favorite frame projects? Well here are just a couple. (Thanks for the sample photos, Pinterest pals!)

white framePicture frames as key holders: A quick, cheap and easy way to reuse small frames that are missing their backs and glass. Just add some paint, screw hooks and a picture hanger and voila, instant key holder. (Or use a larger frame and create a place to hang your hard-to-store beaded jewelry.)

tan framePicture frames as memo boards: I guess everyone has seen the chalkboard-paint-created boards, but there a lots of great memo board ideas. Insert a sheet of metal flashing for a magnetic board. Stretch strips of clothesline or twine make a unique hanging place. Add a sheet of cardboard covered with some batting and fabric to make a functional pinboard, or try using one of my other favorite craft staples…chicken wire.

yellow framePicture frames as picture frames: Weren’t expecting that were you? Sometimes a nice picture frame is just a place to put your art, but that still doesn’t mean it has to be totally traditional. Try framing vintage advertising labels (some have amazing graphics.), fabric or greeting cards. Remove the glass to frame all kinds of things like an old-fashioned hat, you’re child’s old teddy bear, or piece of architectural salvage. Or, try one of my favorite things to frame, absolutely nothing.

PS – Take some time to think about all the cool things that could be made into a picture frame too….but more on that some other time!

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