There are many different things you can make from an old picture frame but only one picture frame project lets you create a small shelf for miniatures. You’ll need particular kind of frame, though, and if you have one there’s nothing else you need to create the mini shelf. The type of frame is one that is rectangular, with thick wood and no glass. They generally have a mat so that two or more pictures can be displayed in the frame. These types of frames are generally hung in a vertical manner, but if you hang it in a horizontal way, you’ll create the tiny shelf.
The frame you’re using can be stripped of all glass, mats, cardboard and backings. Or, you can leave the backing, as long as it has no protrusions like a fold-out stand. If the backing is flat it’s perfect for the craft. Still, the glass needs to be removed from the frame to create the shelf. The thicker the wood of the frame the deeper the shelf will be.
After you’ve removed the glass, and detached or left the backing remaining, the shelf is finished. That was easy wasn’t it? Now the creativity comes in to play. What to do with the shelf? Of course, you can use the shelf to display miniatures you collect, but there are so many other ways to make a unique display from the picture frame shelf.
The frame you’ve chosen could be very long or you might be working with a frame that’s not too large. Either way you can create many different looks. The long side of the frame, across the bottom, becomes the actual shelf. You can also settle items on the top “shelf” which is the long side of the frame, across the top. Use it to set any number of things up for display. You can permanently mount the items, using glue, or just set tiny items on the shelves.
One design you can make from any size frame starts with small wooden blocks. Tiny wooden blocks are needed for small frames but you can use slightly larger blocks if you’re using a large frame. The blocks can be painted or otherwise embellished. Use stickers to create a child’s name or stencils to make designs on the blocks. The blocks can spell out holiday wishes or just everyday greetings. This is a fun project because you can simply replace the blocks to change the look.
Craft stores are full of small novelties and trinkets that will look great on your picture frame shelf. Small lighthouses, tiny fake trees, cartoon characters and similar items can all be used to make the look you want. There are no limits to the small things the shelf will hold.
Instead of displaying miniatures make a flower garden from the picture frame shelf. Hot glue silk flowers, reeds, leaves and vines on the bottom shelf of the frame. The vines should be arranged to where they “crawl” up the sides of the frame, or fall out over the bottom. Flowers can be glued to the sides of the frame instead of only in the bottom. Make an easier flower garden by purchasing miniature plant pots at a craft store. Fill each pot with tiny flowers and leaves then align them across the shelf.
If you want a decorative background for the shelf cover the frame backing with scrapbook paper. The paper is sold at craft stores and there are literally hundreds of patterns from which to choose. Or, use glue to attach a piece of cloth to the backing. Other choices include wallpaper, leftover wrapping paper or plain white paper.
The picture frame shelves are perfect for display collectibles like salt shakers or thimbles. The length of the frame will determine how many you can display. Need more room? Make a collection of the picture frame shelves. It only takes a minute to make and hang the shelves. You’ll love the way they look and you’ll love how easy they are to make.