Five Ways to Use Picture Frames in your Decor for the Holidays

One of the best parts of the holidays is being able to turn your home into a festive wonderland to celebrate the season. Whether you like a more elegant touch or enjoy the lighter side of the decorations, there is something for everyone during the holidays to warm the heart.

The price tag for some decorations, however, can be a little too unaffordable. Thankfully, there are several great ways to use what you already have around the house along with some craft supplies to create your own holiday decor that can be used year after year.

Use a large round picture frame as a base for a wreath. If you have a round or oval picture frame in your home that could use some “sprucing up,” why not turn it into a beautiful holiday door wreath? Wrap some festive ribbon around the frame to cover the wood, and then glue whatever decorations speak to you. Ornaments, flowers or even small toys are all great ways to decorate a door wreath, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind greeting at your door for guests.

Turn a plain rectangle frame into a stocking holder. If you have some christmas stockings you are particularly fond of, you can proudly display them on your walls with a colorful picture frame. You can use washi tape to decorate the frame itself or use paint or stickers. Then just add a nail or screw hook into the top front of the frame to hang your stocking with care. This helps if you have a large amount to hang, or if you don’t have a fireplace mantel in which to display them.

Make a monogram gift. If you have some antique picture frames or gold picture frames are lovely on their own, but could use a blast of color, artificial poinsettias make for beautiful holiday flowers that are easy to lay on flat surfaces. These large, vibrant flowers are a symbol of the holidays and look beautiful against a gold background. Adding a painted wooden monogram personalizes the gift, and makes for a lovely decoration piece.

Frame your favorite children’s Christmas crafts. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and art is certainly a subjective thing to most people. If you have some treasured holiday crafts that your children or grandchildren have made over the years, why not frame them to display more prominently in your home, while also protecting them from damage. Crafts using hands and footprints are particularly special as they grow so fast over the years.

Fill a shadow box frame with colorful ornament balls. Shadowbox frames are usually large and deep. They are meant to hold three-dimensional objects, so if you have some extra ornaments that you simply can’t find room for on the tree, try using them as filler for a standing shadowbox on the end table. Adding an etched glass front with a winter scene or your favorite holiday greeting looks amazing against the glitter of the ornaments within.

19th Dec 2017 Eric Morgan

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