I have been collecting thrifted picture frames ever since I started using them to decorate my house. Some of them I spray painted, some of them I refurbished, and some of them languished under my bed, serving no real purpose other than the corralling of the dust bunnies that lived between the old pairs of shoes and spools of Christmas paper.
I’ve been looking for a way to properly honor Isobel’s artwork, and I’m constantly in search of new magnets. When I came upon these frames while cleaning I knew I had the solution: magnet frames for the fridge.
All you’ll need for this project are some old frames, a hot glue gun, and some magnets, preferably some of the strong rare-earth magnets.* I used one magnet on the smaller frames, two on the medium and large frames, and four on this gilded golden baby because it was made of solid wood.
I don’t recommend using metal frames, though with enough magnets I’m sure they’d stay put. Light wood and plastic are the best. The silver frame pictured was initially a horrible blue and green and orange monstrosity, but a little platinum spray paint fixed that problem.
(This is me and my cousin Liz. I wonder where Isobel gets her love of pink?)
Be sure to remove the cardboard or wooden backing and glass. You won’t need them for this project, and they’ll just get in the way or be damaged. One your glue dries and your frames are ready to go you can use them as a rotating photo gallery (so quick and easy to change, perfect if you have a fear of commitment!) or art prints or children’s artwork.
Some of the frames I used were not completely flat as they’d warped and gone a bit wonky with they way they were stored in the thrift store. An extra magnet on the side that stood out was enough to make it lay flush against the fridge.
The nice thing about using the glue gun is that if I wanted to use the frames in the usual way, I just have to pry off the glue and I have magnets ready for a new project and the frames all ready to go.
At least around here it seems like we always have an abundance of frames and they are very cheap. I didn’t pay more than $1.99 for the large gold frame, and in fact you can still see the sticker in the photo if you look carefully. Especially if you are at a yard or garage sale, people are willing to get rid of frames very cheaply and are willing to bargain if you grab a bunch, so you feasibly could get all your frames at one place for a low cost. I’ve been collecting these frames for years. Just not intentionally.
Isobel is extremely proud to have her artwork displayed in such lovely frames.
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