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Creating Picture Frames from Recycled Materials

For the Artist | PUBLISHED 01.14.19 | AH ADMIN

The benefits of recycling today are endless. Recycling is extremely important in keeping the environment clean and has become very popular. It is great to know that you will help reduce the production of ash, trash and pollution; saving the world’s precious resources. After you buy a costly piece of artwork you may not want to spend a fortune on a frame. 

Creating Picture Frames from Recycled Materials


Here are some fun ways to create your own frame using recycled materials.

  1. If you or someone you know are big into construction, you might have pieces of wood laying around. You can easily turn the wood pieces into a rustic frame with some wood glue from your local hardware store.
  2. If you are a person who loves magazines and keep them when you're done reading, you could use these to cut pieces of the magazine and put them on an old wooden frame. This is a fun, creative, DIY idea for a nuetal colored piece of artwork.
  3. Using glass is a unique way to design frames while giving the artwork texture. You can use sea glass, glass bottles or a glass jars that you have laying around. Be very careful when breaking the pieces of glass. Place the bottle or glass piece inside a double-layer of plastic grocery bags. Even though the bottle is inside a protective bag, make sure you use safety glasses and protective gloves, just incase the shards of glass escape. Then use a hammer to break the glass into chunks.  You don’t want to over do it with the hammer so start slow and check to see if the size is what you desire.  Once it is broken into pieces, carefully glue them to an old frame or a current recycled one that you just worked on!
  4. There are a variety of arts and crafts that are great for framing.  Think outside the frame (see how I did that there?) and cater to the specific artwork you are framing.  For example, if you purchase a beach scene painting, a perfect way to make your frame coincide with your art would be to put sea glass or seashells around the frame! If you purchase a baby rhino painting for a child’s room, small pompoms or buttons can create something simple, colorful and fun! The options are endless!

It all really depends on the things that you have lying around your house and the artwork that you purchase! You should show off your own style and design while not taking away from the artwork. Follow the style of the room that you are placing the artwork in, so it relates to the theme you want. If the art is highly colorful and saturated, you want to go with a neutral frame and vice versa. If you want to have more of an abstract feel, then just have fun with mixing colors and tones!

Image Source: ‘Hell Broke Loose’ Acrylic Painting by Preston M. Smith, 'Brown Wooden Framed Mirror Lot Near Wall' from Canva

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