Except for stickers, this complete project was made from recycled items.
Approximate Time: 1 and 1/2 hour
Peel up the stamp. I used a bronze metallic paint but you can use whatever you like and put a dab on the glue and then used my finger to pat paint over it. You want it down into the grooves left by the stamp but very lightly there so you can see the shape, cover front and sides of glue. Let dry.
You could go for completely different look, don't antique it, add bright colors. Change sizes easily.
By Christi from Paducah, KY
I was sorting my stuff in the garage and found this old picture frame. It was covered with paint stains around the wooden frame and looked so dirty. The glass was still in good condition as well as the stand. So I told myself, I can recycle this and use it for my nephew's baby picture.
How did I do it? I found a hard paper with a tiny squares and colorful design in my paper box. I cut those tiny squares, glued them neatly around the frame. Since my frame is half inch thick, I glued another strip of white paper around the frame.
To make my frame look more fancy, I got my leftover ribbons, white and blue, and glued it around the framed.
Now, I have a recycled picture frame for my cute nephew.
<img src="/images/articles9/joshframe.jpg" alt="Frame from Recycled Goods" width="350" height="233">
By Janice from Boise, ID
Wow, what a nice frame. That is nicer than anything ready made you could have bought. Great (thrifty) idea! (06/20/2006)
This is beautiful! I love stories of people being creative and thrifty. If you have any more great ideas send them our way! (06/20/2006)
In my daughter's special needs class, one Mother's Day they used cardboard and glued their newly taken picture in the middle then took small tiles and glued them on the cardboard around the picture to create a frame. It was so cute especially because they did it themselves. (06/20/2006)