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Thrifted Picture Frame Upcycle

When you go out and about, do you find inspiration in the world around you? Maybe I’ll be out on a walk and see a color, or maybe an insect or animal that does something quirky. Right now, we are in the doldrums of winter, so WHITE is my inspiration. haha. No, for real though, I do love being in nature and all the God has created for us to enjoy. Today, I’m going a bit funky junk with this thrifted picture frame and metal sheets I found at a local ministry’s thrift store.

Thrifted Picture Frame Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

You’re looking at an oak picture frame, but also those punched metal sheets that caught my eye. Why? Well, I like to challenge myself with finding something and seeing what I can make with it. Tell me I’m not alone, k?

While I had many ideas running in my head looking at this set, I settled on creating a collage of sorts.

CREATING TEXTURE

First order of business, I need to make at least one of these sheets fit my frame. Using my tin snips, I take a bit off the short ends.

Cutting Metal Sheets with Tin Snips | prodigalpieces.com

Then, once trimmed, let’s add some texture to the metal giving it an aged appeal. If you’re new to the patina game, there are amazing products out there that allow you to age metal right before your very eyes. You can see how I’ve used this to make a weathervane and DIY garden arbor (video below), or even a patina Art Deco dressing table. Likewise, if you don’t have the product, you can create your own patina like I did for my awning HERE.

Video Tutorial for DIY Garden Arbor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The first step to the aged copper patina is to use a primer (if needed). I’m using Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Patina product set. This prepares the metal, but also will protect things around it from naturally aging too if you don’t want it too. Typically, I don’t use it, but this time I am.

Apply Copper Patina Primer to Metal Sheet | prodigalpieces.com

After that, I apply two coats of the special copper paint. However, when I apply the last coat I use the patina spray to begin to age the copper patina. You can see it in action in the video above. So cool!

Applying Patina Effects to Metal Sheet | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

Meanwhile, it’s time to dress up the frame. Initially, I use a cold galvanized compound spray (aka. zinc in a can) to add a base coat. Then, I dry brush a bit of aqua milk paint. However, before I call it quits, I use more of the copper paint and patina spray to add a decoration to the frame.

Painting Copper Motif on Thrifted Picture Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Are we having fun yet? eep!

Last, but not least, I dig into my junk #trashure stash and create some art. You can see my salvaged junk turkey creation HERE. If you don’t have a stash of junk, I can’t call you my friend…just kidding!

Salvaged Junk Stash by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

SALVAGED ART

Here’s my thrifted picture frame turned salvaged art with a little le femme touch.

DIY Thrifted Picture Frame Butterfly Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #art #upcycled #salvaged

Metal Butterly Art from Salvaged Junk in Thrifted Picture Frame by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #butterfly #art #diy

My little thrifty adventure led me down the path to one of the most amazing gifts of creation. The butterfly truly is an awe-inspiring insect that astounds me in its lifecycle. I see each one of us as a butterfly that God created. We are being renewed and transformed to be glorious in all we do.

le Papillon Butterfly Salvaged Junk Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #butterfly #art #diy #home

Salvaged Butterfly Wall Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #butterfly #home #diy #art

With that in mind, my little le papillon creation is made up of tractor parts, door parts, clock parts, duct parts, and a bit of salvaged copper wire. Do you love it? I do.

Printed le Papillon Salvaged Butterfly Art in Thrifted Picture Frame by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #diy #butterfly

Salvaged Metal Art Butterfly Wall Art in Thrifted Picture Frame by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #handmade #home

Also, instead of a typical frame, I add a fabric bow to complement the printed fabric text. What would you have created with the finds I had to work with? After all, I hope you can tell I have fun doing what I do! If you’d like to make this a part of your home story, you can find it available in my online shop.

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Painted Copper Thrifted Picture Frame Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #home

SHARE

Additionally, share and pin to get the creative juices flowing in other’s minds. It’s fun to inspire while upcycling for the benefit of saving good items from the landfill.

A thrifted picture frame becomes so much more when Larissa of Prodigal Pieces creates butterfly wall art from salvaged junk | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #home #diy #butterfly

Up next, it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time. Yahoo! What would you do with a sweater cuff? Check it out now HERE.

Felted Wool Sweater Cuff Before Refashion by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more fun crafts using an thrifted picture frame:

Grab those thrifted store cast-offs and create some repurposed picture frame shelves for your home decor. DIY tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #diy #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #craftsGrab that old picture frame and create upcycled mirror art. Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    Soooo cute!!! The creativity was obviously in full flow!!! Way to inspire!!!!!!!! 💕😍💕

    • Larissa says

      You’re such an awesome encouraging friend, Rebecca. Thank you!! 😀

  2. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! Your creative brain just amazes me. I love this!! However I don’t think the bow goes with it.

  3. Teresa says

    I have your turkey!!! Love him, and others as well find him fanciful. 😊

  4. Kim Banko says

    Love it!! This is right up my alley Larissa! High five!

    • Larissa says

      You are so sweet to say so, Kim. Thank you for the love! 😀

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