Sunday, May 13, 2012

Frugal Decor - Getting Creative With Windows and Frames

I love repurposing things, and have found that vintage frames and windows are the perfect foundation for some unique decor. The four projects that I'm sharing here have been my favorites!

Whether, like me, you’re living with a drastically altered (and lowered) income or you simply enjoy saving money in creative ways, these are just a few ideas for using vintage and garage sale finds to decorate and enhance your home space without spending a lot of money or time.

~Salvage an old window with a wooden frame.  Hang on your wall as is, or sand and repaint to match your d├ęcor.  If it doesn’t have glass, place small nails on the back above the window openings and hang small items (hearts, ornaments, miniature wreaths, etc.) for display. 
Found in an antique store on the Oregon coast, and painted with acrylics, this window hangs in my daughter's diningroom
 ~ Use a frame to make an earring holder.  Cut a piece of netting or lace slightly larger than the inside of the frame.  Tack or staple the fabric to the back of the frame.  I used a vintage frame found in my grandparent’s garage.  This has been in storage since my move a year ago, so it’s looking a little bit neglected!

~ Convert a frame into a bulletin board. Cut corkboard or a piece of foam core board to fit the opening. Cut the fabric of your choice (medium weight fabrics work best) the size of the cork board, plus two inches larger on all four sides. Center the fabric, right side up, over the board then flip the board over. Adhere the two inches of excess fabric to the back of the foam core board, pulling to tighten as needed, A hot glue gun works great for this. Attach the fabric covered board to the back of the frame with flat tacks, strong glue or nails.


The one that I made for my office (above) used a vintage white frame salvaged from my Grandparent’s storage and a scrap from a colorful hand-embroidered wall hanging from India (I first posted this project on my Creative Artitudes blog several months ago)

~ Experiment with altered art and create something unique!  I bought this frame on the Oregon Coast too – for another $10.00.  I decoupaged the frame with heavy tissue paper, added the letters to the top and embellishments to the left side and bottom.  I created five separate collages, using some 2 and 3D embellishments.  I then mounted each one to a square of heavy, clear plastic and centered each behind its own pane of glass.  Four of the panes were decorated with embellishments on the front; one with glass paint and crystals as well. I'll be able to add additional panels later, or remove and replace already existing ones. 
My Inspiration Window - the final project for my ARTbundance coaching certification class 
I hope you find some inspiration of your own in this post!
This post is part of 
Get Your Craft On Tuesday at Today's Creative Blog
Share Wednesdays at the Trendy Treehouse 
Whatever You Want Wednesday at Free Pretty Things For You 
Rustic, Recycled & Shabby Chic Ongoing Link Up at Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor
Shared for Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal
Shared on Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans

11 comments:

  1. Lovely frames, great ideas! I would love to have an earring holder like that in my bedroom. I guess I should start searching for a nice old frame. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Sonja! It really is a beautiful piece of decor. I hope you find just the right frame :)

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  2. Love these ideas! I just bought 3 old, old windows that I found at an antique store and I am going to use 2 of them to make a "headboard" for our bed. I'm goin to paint and use embellishments/vinyl on the wall in the windows. I'm super excited! And I also got a larger one that I am goin to fix up and use over my mantle and put pictures in it! It's so fun doing "frugal" decor!

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    1. Your ideas sound wonderful Stephanie! And you're right - frugal decor IS fun ;)

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  3. Lovely!!! I have a few with criss cross ribbon in them for display to use with little clothepins but I am going to repurpose them again with some of your ideas :O)

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    1. Yay Erin! Maybe, when you're done, you could share photos? I'd love to see the results!

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  4. Oo this reminds me of my grandma. She's very talented with home decor and once repurposed a window frame into a gorgeous mirror. She kept the window bow and everything - adorable!

    Yours are lovely too, I particularly like the earring holder.

    Saying Hi from SITS!

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    1. Hi Nicole! A mirror sounds like a fantastic idea, but I wouldn't know where to start, lol. If I come across another gorgeous vintage frame, I'll have to learn!

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  5. Great ideas. I'm always drawn to old windows and frames but never know what to do with them. I'm thinking I need to repurpose one into a necklace holder and get rid of the jumble in my dresser drawer.

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    1. I'm always drawn to them too Erin! I couldn't bear tossing the ones that I found in my grandparent's storage.
      A necklace holder sounds like a great idea - just be sure to use a strong enough netting to bear the weight ;)

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  6. Oh my my my you are inspiring me today! I have used salvaged windows as photo frames for very specific themes... one of my pieces was written up in our local paper. I love the bulletin board here as well as the multiple collage window. I need to try some of these ideas!

    THANK YOU! (Grateful I found you via SITS & Twitter. We are kindreds!)

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