How many times have you been at a thrift store and seen framed art like this? All the time, right? And although pieces like this are usually only a dollar or two, you pass them up because the art is old or ugly…
Stop doing that! You can liberate that weird artwork and reuse the frames. It’s super easy. Let me show you.
If you’re piece has glass (or a clear plastic film acting as glass), hooray! Gently pop out the back. Don’t be afraid! Sometimes they are glued, but even so, it’s usually easy to do.
Insert some art or a photo to fit and reassemble the frame. You may need to use glue or some sort of adhesive to secure the backing; use a couple of drops. Don’t go crazy. This frame was plastic and popped apart and back together easily without any glue.
If your frame doesn’t have protective glass, don’t fret. You can still use it like a normal frame.
First, pop out the back. Then find some art. If you print a photo from your inkjet printer like I did here, you’ll need to take an extra step to seal it.
Before using them in a project, I always spray my ink jet photos with a water resistant clear acrylic sealer. Do not skip this step! Without the water resistant clear sealer, applying other products like Mod Podge to the photo will make the ink from an ink jet print run. So now you know. Don’t skip that step unless you want an inky runny mess.
I wanted a more durable seal (i.e. one that I could dust and not worry about ruining the photo), so I applied a very thin coat of Mod Podge to the surface of the photo and let it dry.
Sandwich the frame back together and secure with tape or a tiny amount of craft glue. I wanted to reserve the right to swap out these photos in the future, so I used scotch tape here. The frames and contents were very light and naturally sort of wanted to stay together on their own, so I didn’t need anything stronger here.
Feel free to use duct tape or packing tape in lieu of glue, if the situation can handle it. No one’s going to see the backs once the frames are on the wall.