This project needs to come with a neon sign that states **no tools or glue required.** This wood frame upcycle was one of my favorite projects. If you have visited my blog or follow me on Instagram, you know I love a good upcycle project. But, this wood frame made from packing materials is my absolute favorite upcycle this year.
Did I mention it requires no tools or glue? The wood frame was created with the packing materials the supplies are delivered to my door. I didn’t need to haul it from the side of a dumpster.
how to make a wood frame with thumbtacks
In fact, the only thing I needed was sandpaper, stain, and four thumbtacks. Oh, did I mention it took seven minutes to build?
Except, build is a strong word. Fortunately, the warehouse where the frame originated did all the work. The upcycled frame was at the bottom of the shipping box for a small side table I ordered from my favorite online-only decor site.
I call this frame-find a free gift with purchase.
The only thing I added was a coat of stain to keep my upcycle project moving forward. And, the stain made the frame look more refined.
Now picture me with plastic bread bags over my hands while I stained the packing frame. Never underestimate the strength of a plastic bag to protect a fresh coat of OPI red.
I propped it up on our DIY Pottery Barn knockoff mantle above our bed.
And, I wanted a framed, holiday theme piece of art for the holidays. But, I didn’t want to pay big bucks for something just for the Christmas holidays. I wanted something that could be tweaked for different seasons.
Hellooo… Christmas gift wrap.
And, all it took was a few feet of Christmas wrap I grabbed on one of my weekly (daily) trips to HomeGoods.
Sidenote: HomeGoods has a great collection of gift wrap all year round so I already have plans to switch the paper every season. But, the stained packing frame actually looked great by itself too. I may just layer frames across the mantle.
I hope this upcycle gives you a few ideas on how to repurpose everyday items that would otherwise end in the garbage. Please share your favorite upcycling projects in the comments.