Sometimes pictures get knocked over, sometimes people move and find a picture frame broken. Once the glass of the frame is broken it’s of little use anymore. Even if the frame was expensive we often don’t bother to go to the glass shop and have a piece cut. However, there are many different things you can make from a picture frame that has no glass. One such project involves the frame and a simple Styrofoam cube.
The picture frame you use can be light or heavy, large or small, and can be made from wood, plastic, metal or most any other material. The frame must be square rather than rectangular or round. You’ll need a frame that has a hanging-type backing rather than a stand on the backside. Ones with stands are not appropriate for this craft unless you remove the stand and add a hanger.
Choose a Styrofoam cube which will slide into the square opening of the picture frame. If the frame is a 5×5″, for example, choose a 5″ cube. You can use the cube as-is but it will be much more impressive if you paint it. Check the label or check with a clerk before purchasing the paint. Some paints will melt Styrofoam so this is important. Instead of paint you can use stain to create more of a wooden look.
Before painting the cube test to see if it will easily slide into the opening of the picture frame. It needs to be snug but you shouldn’t have to shove it in. If the fit is too tight use sandpaper to easily sand the side of the cube until you have a smoother fit. Make sure you remove the sanding dust from the cube before painting.
After painting the cube and allowing it to dry it doesn’t take long to assemble the framed shelf. Lay the frame on a flat surface with the backing facing the table. Spread glue onto the cardboard backing and around the opening of the frame. Cover all four sides of the opening with glue then slide the cube into the hole until it makes contact with the gluey backing. Allow to dry completely, but when it’s dry, the shelf is done! Simply use the hanging hardware on the back to hang it. The shelf itself can hold stuffed animals, statuettes, picture frames, collectibles, candles and similar décor.
Make something different by using the framed cube as a planter instead of a shelf. Use a floral Styrofoam cube and attach Spanish moss to the entire outside of the cube. Now use silk flowers, leaves, reeds and other floral pieces to make the arrangement you want.
If you already have the frame to make one of these projects it will cost very little to create the shelf or planter. However, the pieces are so unusual and beautiful that others will think you got them from a specialty floral store. Make lots of them – they look great in groupings and are appropriate for any room in the house!