Put a Frame on It! 11 Clever Ways to Frame Objects Other than Art

Beth Stebner
Put a Frame on It! 11 Clever Ways to Frame Objects Other than Art
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It’s pretty easy to get in a design rut—table goes here, chairs go there, hang a few framed pictures on the wall and call it a day. But your apartment is nothing if not a tangible way for you to show off your personality, and what better way to do that than to think outside the box.

On second thought, you should still think inside of it—or at least inside of a frame. While we’re sure you’ve given a lot of thought to the kind of pictures and frames in your apartment, that’s just one part of the equation.

“You can really frame just about anything,” interior designer and photographer Jenny J. Norris tells us. So what’s fair game? The bigger question is what’s not (which is basically just things you can’t mount on a wall or fit in a shadow box). For things you can frame, try a collection of old magazine covers, vintage family photos, a stellar piece of fashion, dried plants, or even some (tasteful) taxidermy.

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“It doesn’t have to be expensive either,” Norris says, adding that craft stores like Michael’s or Home Goods are great places to start looking for inexpensive frames. We’ve rounded up 11 stunning ideas to help you get started.

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If framing a vintage matador jacket is wrong, we don't want to be right.

Photo: Jenny J. Norris

Just because you have a frame doesn't mean you have to fill it all. Use it as a way to add a cohesive feel to a workspace.

Photo: Alvhem Makleri

A few pressed flowers surrounded by some tastefully fake taxidermy never hurt anyone.

Photo: Katie Kime

If you're going to do some high-fashion shopping, might as well show off the bags, too.

Photo: Hummingbird Photography

A cool way to show off your patriotism.

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

Flea market finds and stylized maps add some charm to any room.

Photo: Honestly WTF

Use record frames for blown-up Instagram prints.

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

Just because you hate your own baby photos doesn't mean vintage family ones don't deserve a place on the wall.

Photo: Honestly WTF

If you have a black thumb, this no-fuss way to display greenery might be for you.

Photo: Garden Therapy

An old sketch deserves to be front and center.

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Vintage swimsuits add a sense of playfulness to the room.

Photo: Jeffrey Bilhuber

 

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