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5 Unconventional Ways to Use Picture Frames

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When redecorating a room in your home, you likely want to include an even mix of classic pieces and creative accessories. Balance the two and you'll end up with an interesting space that's both beautiful and functional. One great way to accomplish this is with picture frames. You could just place a favorite photo of yours and rest it on a surface, or you could get creative and let your inner do-it-yourselfer free. Frames can be used in a number of ways that can instantly jazz up your room. Use the following tips as inspiration for finding new uses for all of your old frames.

1. Blanket Rack
If you like cozying up with blankets, you probably have a stash of them tucked away somewhere in your closet. Why not make them more easily accessible? Take a large, empty photo frame and lean it against your wall. Drape your favorite blanket, like the Sunbeam® Microplush Heated Throw, over the top of it. For added dimension, lean a smaller frame slightly off-center and drape additional blankets through that one as well.

Use a frame to hang your jewelry.Use a frame to hang your jewelry.

2. Jewelry Hanger
You can opt for a store-bought jewelry holder, or you can make one yourself with a few supplies that you probably already have lying around your home. Using an empty photo frame as a base, wrap several pieces of wire across it and tie each one at both ends. You can hang earrings from the wires and wrap bracelets and necklaces around them for easier access to your favorite accessories.

3. Thermostat Accessory
While it's necessary to have easy access to the thermostat in your room, it can be an eyesore - even if it's a neutral color or one that blends in with the color of your walls. Try placing a cute frame around it to jazz it up a little. You'll make it look less random and more intentional, and it will tie in better with the theme of the room. You can also apply this same decoration to light switches and electrical outlets. 

Use your frame as a tray.Use your frame as a tray.

4. Decorative Trays
Theoretically, everything in your home should have a place - even small everyday objects like combs, keys and hair clips. But how many times do you still manage to throw these items on a table instead of their respective containers? For the moments when you just don't have time to put everything away where it belongs, you'll need some sort of tray on your vanity or dresser. This is where a decorative frame can come in handy. Keeping the glass intact, simply lay it flat on your table and use it to hold any loose items that you need every day.

5. Electronics Frame
Your brand new flat-screen TV might be great for watching the game in high-def, but it might not work with the theme of your room. Choose a frame that fits around it and post it up on the wall to make sure that your fancy entertainment system doesn't clash with your other decorations.