Upcycled Picture Frame Made with Jute

I’ve been working really hard on the family room redo and I have a lot of projects to share with all of you! So get excited for a lot of upcoming posts with jute and burlap. I’m beginning to feel very in touch with nature these days :)

If you aren’t familiar with my family room redo, check out my inspiration board on pinterest. This will give you an idea of what I’m going for.

Today, I’m sharing an easy (but not so quick) upcycling project. I’ll be giving you a tutorial on how I transformed a basic picture frame into something a little more rustic. Here’s how it turned out…

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Here’s the frame I started out with. I still love the frame, but I’ve had it since college and it doesn’t go with anything else in my house so it has spent the last several few years tucked away in the ‘frame box’.

My #1 goal for this room is to reuse and upcycle as much as possible, so it has forced me to go through all of the ‘I don’t use anymore’ boxes and see what I can come up with. It’s been pretty fun.

So here we go. Its actually an extremely basic project, it was just VERY tedious. I wanted to do something more than just outline the frame with jute, so I used the wood seems as a guide for my design. Here is the first section completed.

And in case you are wondering, I like to do all of my projects while sitting on the floor. I feel more relaxed that way  :)

To get this design, I hot glued the jute around the ‘trapezoid’ shape, staring with the outside and working my way in…

I kept this pattern going until the whole frame was complete and looked like this!

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Oh and do you see that white vase to the left of the picture frame? Well that wasn’t always white, you’ll see more on that a little later :)


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Hi Taryn.
    I would just like to say how much I love your blog! Especially in these tougher times when we are all counting our pennies, just skimming through your projects has given me so much inspiration for gift ideas ways to brighten up our home. I have already completed the book pages wreath and this just took me a few hours in front of the TV last night. I will tackle this frame shortly.
    Keep on crafting and thankyou ;)
    Connie (Adelaide, Australia)


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