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Thrifty Thursday! Framing DIY Style - {Do it Yourself Decor Ideas}

Happy Thursday! We're going to get into our favorite topic today - Framing!  We thought it would be fun to explore some DIY wall decor ideas.  Let's update some of those old frames gathering dust in the closet and find out some other cool ways to up cycle and create fantastic new wall decor. 

I have always been a fan of mosaic furniture and decor, i love buying it and i love making it even more! There is nothing more fun than smashing up some glass or porcelain! I have made a number of mosaic items, they are a bit time consuming but well worth the fun and the final product. 

This mirror tray is a super idea for an easy and elegant piece of wall decor. You can simply find a tray from around your house or pick one up at your local thrift store (give it a layer of spray paint if it needs it). Break a mirror and bam! I would add grout in between the mirror pieces just to keep everything secure, but obviously it isn't totally necessary. This gal didn't do it and I still love the outcome. 


This mirror makes me ask myself so many questions! Why didn't I think of this? Why do I not have one of these in my house yet? and why am I not making these for ya'll?

I mean look how awesomely rustic this piece is! This frame is so simple yet stylish! And even better it can be made easily with probably the cheapest materials at your local lumber store! Everyone go out and make this frame and send us your photos! 


I get the most excited about ideas I have never seen before, and I have never even thought to make bookends! I think this idea is ingenious and adorable! And even better another easy way to incorporate your photos into your decor, but this time they are also functional! Nothing beats function! Actually what does beat function in this case, is how ridiculously easy these things are to make! 

Dust off some of those old frames rotting away in the 'frame graveyard' at the back of your closet. Give them a little paint love and a wee bit of engineering, and you have a custom and very stylish bookend! 

One of my favorite things to incorporate in and around my home is clothespins. For some reason they give me that rustic homey feel and I just love how useful they can be.

This new take on your standard bulletin board is just divine! Dust off another old frame from the closet because you are for sure going to want to whip up one of these! 

I love how graphic the twine makes this piece and how that mix of twine and clothespins fancifies your simple memo. 



One of our all time favorite frame designs (and one of our most affordable) is our solid wood clothespin frame. If you are into the rustic style, this might be the Thistle & Poppy Frame for you! Plus it allows you to switch your photos out as simply as our patented Snap Point Picture Frame!



Last,  but definitely not least! Its got to be a pallet project, right? Really, we just might have to compile an entire post about awesome things you can do with recycled pallets!

These pallet frames are adorably rustic! And let's face it, if you are on a budget, free materials are where its at! I love the natural finish of these and the natural flaws that come with using raw recycled materials. For a first time DIYer this is a great place to start! Those little blemishes or corners where the frame might not meet up perfect are actually the perfect imperfections that give these pieces that elegant shabby chic vibe. Check out this custom sign we made for a wedding. The bride had shabby chic wedding decor in mind. We repurposed found wood, hand painted the message and made the most fabulous sign for her elegant candy bar. 

That's all I have got for you today! There is plenty to frame and plenty to do yourself this week! I know I have some new framing plans on the agenda. 

And, if you are more of a virtual do it yourselfer, check out our frame designer. Custom design a picture frame yourself! You design it, we'll make it, that counts as DIY right? Happy Thursday! 

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Think Outside The Frame

There are so many things you can do with picture frames. They don't have to be your standard run of the mill hang on the wall sort of thing. Thistle & Poppy picture frames aren't standard because there are so many sassy shapes and styles, but there are many other uses for picture frames too! Even your most plain jane picture frame can be used for something out of the ordinary. 

We have been working on a number of different client picture frames that are intended for "untraditional" uses. We worked our buns off the past few weeks on some enormous frames for a wedding. Both frames will be used to display signage in the reception hall. The bride also had us make a custom shaped 'here comes the bride' sign for the ring bearer to carry. We never would have thought picture frames and weddings went together other than as gifts. But this appears to be a happening thing! We've even had frames used as place cards at weddings and bridal showers. The picture frames are displayed on tiny tiny little easels with each persons name on them - how cute! Tiny frames are also great wedding favors! Haven't you had enough of lame wedding gifts? Give your guests something they actually want to keep and can actually use! We've also made hanging specialty frames for the bride and grooms chairs. 

On another note, obviously we've made frames for photographers, but some of our professional photographer clients have actually been using our picture frames as props. We've seen 'em in children's portraits in which the kids hold frames nearly the size of them. It adds a very cool visual element to the photo and looks totally rad when framed in a coordinating picture frame. Our custom shape frames with specialty inserts are also popular among wedding photographers. Since we can print a phrase on wood and then frame it, photographers are loving that they can customize their props specifically for their clients. Our clients often purchase the hanging frames for both the bride and groom to hold for some of their wedding portraits. 

And by the way, you don't always have to frame pictures in frames. Mirrors, buillten boards, dry erase boards, random household items - anything! frame it all. Fancify those boring everyday items! 

Coming soon, Thistle & Poppy dry erase boards! And you can believe that it will not be your typical white board. Expect something totally gorgeous!


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