We moved house last July and since then I’ve been obsessed with buying picture frames, new and second hand, to frame stuff. And when I mean “stuff” I really do mean stuff. I mean scraps of fabric. I mean snippets of thread. I like to frame lots of stuff.
The benefit of framing your own “stuff” is two-fold. You save money and it’s yours – it truly means something to you. It’s not another piece of art from some fancy artist. You are the artist! I honestly love all the bits I frame because they tell a story. A story that means something to me, my family and friends.
Here are my 13 ideas for things to frame. I chose 13 because I started writing this on a Friday the 13th and it’s supposed to be unlucky. Your luck is in though because once you’ve read these ideas, you’ll spend the whole day looking for tat and crap to frame haha.
1 – Do it yourself. And by this I mean exactly that. Paint, doodle, draw. Do whatever comes naturally and enjoy it. I often use Pinterest or google images to find something I like the look of and I then replicate it myself. It isn’t hard and you can have some real fun. Check out these cute birds that are all over Pinterest. I simply made my own using some watercolour and a black pen.
2 – Fabric. For a really quick and easy update, frame a piece of fabric you love. It could be fabric from an old dress or jumper that you used to wear, or it could simply be a piece of fabric you like. There are so many pretty fabrics which looks lovely in a frame. My favourite place for fabric is St Albans market and Fabric Land online. Fabric Land have really reasonable prices and they have such a huge selection.
3 – Cards. So think birthday cards, Christmas cards, plain cards and funny cards. Browse your supermarket card section, frame cards that mean something to you. Whatever you like really. Cards were made to be framed.
4 – Wallpaper. Oh my goodness, I could literally spend all weekend browsing B&Q and Homebase for wallpaper offcuts. And the beauty of this…it is FREE! Just grab a few samples of wallpaper and you are done. Check out this absolutely beautiful paper I found in B&Q.
I only needed a few inches of paper to get these images to frame. Beautiful.
The same goes for this wallpaper that I used to decorate my home study. I had quite a bit left and it looks perfect framed.
5 – Maps. I have a thing for maps. I could spend hours browsing through an atlas or looking at Google maps. Geeky I know but I just find them fascinating. I love framing maps that mean something. Here I frame a few from a simple UK Road Map that was about ten years out of date. These places all mean something to me and the hubby. The place we met. The place we live and the place we married. Perfect.
6 – Photos. It’s obvious really isn’t it! But yes, you can frame photos too. Don’t let them sit on your laptop for the next twenty years. Print some off! Don’t these 10×8 black and white ones of the boy look beautiful.
The hubby printed and framed these for me. You don’t need to just frame recent pics though. I took a rummage through an old photo box that belonged to my parents and I adore this photo.
It is literally 37 years old now. This is me and this is my Nana. She always tells me that she looked and me, and I at her, and there was this special bond between us. I really think this photo captures the start of that special bond.
7 – Sewing machine bits and bobs. Try some free hand embroidery and use your sewing machine to “write” – this is soooo much fun and I haven’t done it for ages and really really want to.
8 – Bits and Bobs. Frame things you collect that inspire you from leaves, to flowers and feathers. Anything goes.
9 – Scrap book paper. I know this sounds a bit random but go with. You can pick up packs of paper from places like The Works and Hobby Craft. I look out for paper that fits a colour scheme or something that I really like. Last year I was searching for yellow paper and prints to frame. There was nothing about as apparently yellow wasn’t cool then. However i managed to pick up a pack of scrap book paper and in it were some beautiful mustard yellow pieces. Check these out!
10 – Wrapping paper. So pretty much as above. Keep a look out for wrapping paper that is pretty or inspires you. You can pick it up anywhere and there are so many pretty patterns and quirky things these days.
11 – Colour swatch cards. Yep, I mean exactly what I say….frame your colour swatch card. I love doing this because it reminds me later down the line as to what paint I used! I hate it when the walls scuff and I can’t remember what colour and brand of paint I used!
12 – Your child’s artwork or achievements. Anything b brings home from nursery tends to sit on the fridge for ages. I’ve been making an effort to collect the pieces I really like to frame later!
13 –Book covers or pages from your favourite books. I’m not suggesting rip up your fave books but you can pick up books at the carboots and charity shops for literally 50p here and there. Pick your faves and frame them!
So there we have it, 13 things to frame. Share with me in the comments your own framing projects! And don’t forget to pin and make all your friends jealous of your new super cool art around the house!
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