13 Things to Frame on a Budget!

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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.

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I made this using map wallpaper and some sticky scrabble letters from The Works 🙂

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.

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Paint it yourself. These didn’t take long and I used Pinterest for inspiration.

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.

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Framing fabric scraps make pretty pictures : )

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.

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This was a Mother’s Day card that made me chuckle!

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.

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I only needed a few inches of paper to get these images to frame. Beautiful.

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Loving this wallpaper I framed!

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.

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.

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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.

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I love these black and white ones of b!

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.

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Sorry for the rubbish lighting :/

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.

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So here I have some wallpaper, greetings cards, fabric scraps and some machine embroidery – perfect!

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!

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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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Sharing is caring – be sure to pin so you don’t forget all these fun ideas!

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Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

73 comments

  1. Such great ideas! I never thought about wallpaper testers! I want a photo frame collage on our stairs when I eventually get round to decorating it so I will definitely use some of these ideas. #KCACOLS PS I have the same heart bunting that you have one picture ☺ good taste 😉

  2. These are all so lovely. I think the wallpaper with the scrabble letters is my favorite. I want to get some wallpaper cut offs to use in backgrounds for some of my blog photos.
    #KCACOLS

  3. I like some of these but my walls are already pretty full of family photos. We only have two things on the walls which are not our children but we do live in a small place with not enough walls! #KCACOLS

  4. I love what you have done here, such great upcycling and really effective too. Wallpaper or wrapping paper is a wonderful idea, there are all kinds of character ones that would be great for a kids bedroom. #KCACOLS

  5. Fab suggestions! I quite fancy making some nice pictures to frame, I miss being arty and I got some bits for Christmas so I could totally do this to brighten up my new house!

    #KCACOLS

  6. Love the idea of framing fabric that means something to you. Now I\’m thinking of one day framing some of Peachy\’s outfits. I have so many wonderful memories and they are so adorable. #KCACOLS

  7. Wow you are super creative! Honestly I don\’t think I have framed a thing in my life, lol. Always have good intentions though… thanks for ideas, seems a lot less scary and/or permanent!
    #KCACOLS
    Tori @ The Mama Nurse

  8. The pictures and your house are beautiful! I love the keep calm and blog one ☺️ Such a cute idea and I love the frames you\’ve picked. It\’s nice to have something in them that\’s personal to you and your family! #KCACOLS

  9. What a great idea. We have some budget framed stuff too. For my husbands birthday one year I printed the lyrics to our first dance and framed it and its in our bedroom. For the bathroom I got an old Butlins poster and a cheap frame and it looks pretty retro! #kcacols

  10. Great ideas, I like the fabric and pages from a book idea. I like to buy postcards from Paperchase as they have really cute ones but its always better to use things you already have 🙂 #KCACOLS

  11. I love finding cool things to frame and have been a bit obsessed with printables since we moved into our new place! I have just noticed 4 frames that still have Christmas printables in them…so will have to get on the case and update them! #KCACOLS

  12. I always think I\’m not very creative but I reckon I could have a go at some of these quite successfully!. I do have 2 cards framed, you know those ones which are laser cut? I love how the loops of black writing show through the gaps and its a good way to get more value out of them- a shame to just throw them away. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  13. Great ideas! I love maps too and started framing places that means something to hubby and I for a present for him last year (or the year before) and never finished… you\’ve reminded me to find it and finish it for valentines day 😀 Thanks!! #kcaocls

  14. Great ideas! I\’m definitely going to have a play at framing stuff, I\’ve got so much artwork from the kids I could collage into frames- thanks for sharing xx #KCACOLS

  15. These are all great ideas, I especially like the idea of framing maps of places you\’ve been together. I\’m always finding cute postcards to frame, I love making gallery walls. #kcacols

  16. The map idea is genius, it is a great idea, even as I was reading it I was thinking about the significant places I could decide upon and put the maps of those place in a frame. I love this post!
    Mainy
    #KCACOLS

  17. What fab ideas! I never thought about framing so many different types of things to add a decorative edge. I have a big empty wall in my new extension and I\’m feeling inspired now. #kcacols

  18. Some brilliant ideas here and they look so quirky!!

    I love to have lots of pictures around the house but these are a fab way of breaking up the photographs and adding splashes of colour. I really like the ones where you\’ve used wallpaper and old cards. Thanks for the inspiration! #KCACOLS

  19. I’m addicted to frames and decorating our house with things that usually end up in memory boxes. We have cinema stubs concert tickets receipts and menus. Notes we’ve passed on to each other over the years. The things that bring back long lost beautiful memories. Frames are not just for photos or mirrors. Great post #kcacols

  20. I love all of these..especially the fabric and wallpaper idea. I am definitely going to look into doing something like this..thanks for the inspiration xx #kcacols

  21. This is such a brilliant idea I love it! My best friend always covers an old canvas picture she doesn’t like with an off cut of the wallpaper she used to decorate the room she is hanging it in #kcacols

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