Thrift store frame design idea

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You’re in your favorite thrift store and find a couple of frames but there’s no glass, backing, or picture!  Grab them and try this frame design idea.

layer your thrift store frames

Frame design with cardboard, fabric scraps, and hot glue.

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This takes those 10¢ frames and turns them into hunky-dory farmhouse decor.

The steps

Thrift shop frames

Grab those “empty” frames.  Mine sorta match but if you can’t find sorta matching frames, paint what you find.  You could paint them the same color or different to go with your room and fabric.  Do make sure the frames are different sizes.

The large frame is 8 by 10 and the smaller is 4 by 6.

Cardboard for frame

We will need cardboard for the back.  I cut some from an Amazon box.  We have a few of them.

Cardboard from a box

Then, pick two fabrics.  Do you have a fabric scrap pile?  I picked burlap and a tan and brown stripe.  Next, cut the fabric to the size of the cardboard.  Then glue on the cardboard using spray mount.  I do this outside.  It doesn’t smell good.  Well, so I’m told.  I lost my sense of smell. 🙁

Now fire up the hot glue gun and glue the cardboard back into the frames.  Then hot glue the smaller frame right smack in the middle of the large frame.  Right over the fabric!

Layered frames

Next, find something or letters to glue on the fabric of the smaller frame.  I use letters painted white and three small wood hearts.

Here are other ideas to add.

  • Vintage keys
  • Scrabble tiles
  • Stamps
  • Dog tags {cute with your dog’s name}
  • Jewelry pieces
  • Small boutique of dried flowers tied with ribbon


Thrift store frame design cherish

The layered frame design is done and hanging around.  😉

Frame design hanging

This photo is about the layered frame…

It is about the patina flowers

This one is about the patina of the flowers.

Fresh flowers are wonderful but I truly love them with a bit of age.

I keep them in a glass vase as long as possible.

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  1. Barbara Janecka says:

    Love this idea, time to start gathering Christmas gift ideas.

  2. Andi Cacciatore says:

    I have a big Rubbermaid tub filled with different sizes of frames in my storage unit,. This is a great idea to use them up with the holidays coming! Great gifts for my big family. Thanks Jeanette!

  3. Pam Garcia says:

    I have frames like this in my attic. I will definitely go up there and see what I see. lol

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