Fun Alternatives for Your Picture Frames

Tracy Garcia
by Tracy Garcia

Recently, I stumbled upon this incredible idea – someone filled their picture frames with festive wrapping paper for the holiday season. It struck a chord with me, resonating with the desire to think beyond the usual photos and artwork that adorn my frames. Mixing things up a bit feels refreshing, don't you think? So, here are seven other creative and stylish ways I've come up with to use picture frames in a more personal way.

1. Scarves

I couldn't resist the allure of this one. Why limit scarves to mere warmth? Framing my favorite scarves has added a fashionable touch to my walls. The textures and colors bring a cozy and chic vibe, transforming the entire room.


2. Baby Clothes

As a parent cherishing those adorable baby days, framing my little one's onesies and booties became a cute and sentimental way to immortalize those precious moments. Now, they not only bring charm to my home but also serve as a constant reminder of the fleeting sweetness of childhood.


3. Wallpaper

Indecisive about wallpaper choices? Guilty as charged! Framing top contenders and creating a mix-and-match gallery wall sounds like a genius move. It's like test-driving different patterns and colors without the commitment of a full room makeover. A design win-win!


4. Love Letters

Adding a touch of romance to my home was irresistible. Framing handwritten love letters and sweet notes will not only inject sentiment into your space but they'll also become a daily reminder of the love you share.


5. Invitations

The idea of framing invitations struck me as an elegant way to celebrate life's milestones. Whether it's a wedding invite, birthday bash announcement, or graduation notice, these framed invitations will become classy markers of cherished memories.


6. Recipes

Being a culinary enthusiast, framing cherished family recipes and handwritten cooking notes was a no-brainer. It's a functional and stylish way to showcase my cooking skills and, let's be honest, the perfect excuse to flaunt that secret family sauce recipe!


7. Wrapping Paper

Now, here's a gem of an idea – framing beautiful wrapping paper. Instead of tossing it aside, cut it to fit my frames, creating instant and cost-effective wall art. It's a small but meaningful way to turn leftover paper into a decorative masterpiece, all while being eco-friendly.


So there you have it – my friendly nudge to break free from the ordinary and inject a dash of personality into your space. Go ahead, grab those scarves, baby booties, and love letters, and let's turn our frames into conversation starters! Our homes should tell our unique stories, and what better way to do it than with a touch of creativity and a warm smile?

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  • Sue Sue on Apr 17, 2024
    Yes -- perhaps antique letters from great-, great- relatives. Anything pretty I have goes in picture frames -- but I'm out of wall space. I like the three tiered shelves on the wall to make more space and look intentional.
  • Froofroo Froofroo on Apr 17, 2024
    I have framed black and white cotton fabric of various prints in frames I painted black on a white floating shelf in a tropical blue guest bedroom. The bedding on black metal daybeds was white. The flooring was light oak and I played an area rug a black and white print. I also used white stick on letters atop the framed fabrics to spell things like REST and RELAX. My realtor said, “ I’m going to steal that idea.” Other items to frame are doilies, lace, pressed flowers, vintage labels, maps, post cards ( I have displayed vintage season postcards such as Valentines Day and Christmas. Antique shops often sell them.