New art from forgotten old frames
Everyone has that old framed picture of New York or Paris left behind by a room mate who went there one time, or a landscape watercolour gifted from a relative who is convinced they are the next Monet.
They are the elderly relative’s images of African animals which look suspiciously like stock images left in the frame, and the Victorian- era prints of children who suspiciously bear no relation to the owner.
We have all looked at these bequeathed and forgotten artworks and thought . . . ‘ that’s a really nice frame’. Well, now there’s something to do with them.
With the return of the polaroid, or “Instax” as they are now called, teenagers everywhere are rediscovering the value of printed photos, which means they will now need somewhere other than their social media walls to purvey the success of their social lives.
For the less sceptical, this technique is also a great way to display a few choice images from a favourite trip.
It’s not strictly speaking upcycling, as you are effectively turning a frame into a frame, but it is still a great way to give an old frame some new life.
The steps are quite obvious: simply pop out the back of the frame, remove the image— allowing yourself one last appraising look, and then put it somewhere you won’t find it again. Next, pop out of the pane of glass if there is one.
I chose to paint the frames, which meant a quick sanding, and then I underlayed a layer of blue, followed by two coats of white.
I then lightly sanded back the white at the edges to reveal the blue, giving the frames a weathered seaside look.
Then it’s a simple case of using small roofing tacks or nails to create points for your string to attach to.
Finally you string up the lines.
The small pegs can be bought from theWarehouse, they cost about $ 4 for 30.
Hey presto— you have a nice way to displaymultiple pictures, and you’ve been able save that beautiful frame.
THE multi-photo frame