1.) Art gallery:
I used dollar-store frames of different sizes to frame my own photography and create a gallery look on a wall. Use cool pictures you’ve taken or art and frame it to create your own gallery!
2.) Empty frames:
Create a statement piece on a wall by arranging empty frames. I bought chunky, bold dollar-store frames and removed the backing and glass. I love the mix of different shapes and sizes. I used black frames on a bright green wall, but get creative! Spray paint the frames in bold colors or silver and gold for a vintage look.
Ever have a wall calendar filled with cool photography or artwork? Use 12 by 12 inch frames to frame your favorites and create instant art. This would be perfect as a single piece or arrangement of four to create a cool art grid. I used my favorites from my Andy Warhol calendar.
Album art is definitely worth framing. Buy some of your favorite records and inexpensive record frames and turn your music into art. This is a cool way to display your personality or make a great gift for a music lover! Urban Outfitters has awesome wooden record frames! Find them here
Everyone’s heard of pressing flowers in a book, but why not use a frame? Collect flowers you received from a loved one or special event. I glued mine on cardstock before framing them. I love the vintage look this piece adds to my room, plus it’s a nice keepsake of flowers from my boyfriend over the years.
5.) Scrapbook pages and fabric:
Frame printed scrapbook pages or scraps of fabric to create a work of art and tie in colors of your room! The best part? You can get bundles of fabric scraps from the craft store from $1 to 5 and scrapbook paper is only about 50 cents per page.
Collect maps from memorable trips to frame. Arrange them in a creative way, like these fun hearts! If you want to focus on one trip in particular, collect other items from the trip along with a map and use a shadow box to turn your trip into décor! This is a cool way to display your personal memories as art, as well as a great conversation piece!
Have cool band T-shirts that don’t fit anymore? Or T-shirts from a significant event? What about that autographed shirt you’re afraid to wear and wash? Frame it! Cool T-shirt frames allow you to display your memories (or favorite bands). Find them here
Mix and match records and band T-shirts to create a geometric musical composition on your wall!
10.) Quotes and letters:
Turn a favorite quote or song lyric into art! Use stencils to paint a quote or place sticker letters on scrapbook paper or cardstock, frame it and violà! Or, use a letter on top of scrapbook paper as a different way to create a wall letter!
9.) Books, magazines, posters:
Some of my favorite books have awesome cover art. Pick up inexpensive copies of your favorite novels at a used bookstore and frame the covers. Most book covers can fit in 4 by 6 inch and 5 by 7 inch frames. Old magazine covers and band gig posters also make great accent pieces. Thrift stores have tons of old magazines and posters that are perfect for framing. Use document frames for magazine covers and 11 by 14 inch or 11 by 17 inch frames for gig posters. Again, this is a great way to express your personality while admiring the graphic design. Plus, framing will keep collector’s items in mint condition!