Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle & Create Cool Picture Frames

Posted by: Billie Van Guilder

Picture Frames from Repurposed Wood.

About 2 years ago I got into a habit of repurposing old pieces of wood trim from homes and buildings.  Well, I started making these funny little picture frames which not only provided me with a creative outlet, but also gave me a way to practice recycling in its true sense.

Each one of those picture frames is handmade, and I go with the flow when it comes to design, etc.  The frames are made from bits and pieces of things that I find around the house or elsewhere. 

The connectors and all other pieces are made from old items, found at recycling outlets in the area.  Themes for each one range from serious to funny, but always done with the purpose of showing folks that everyone can reuse, recycle and repurpose.
I participate in the “Vancouver Recycling Show” each year and these frames are what I bring to sell.  Last year I sold 23 of them in the first day.  Not bad.
Wooden Picture Frame.This same idea is what drives me to create the jewelry that I sell. 
Each piece is made up of something that had a totally different purpose, prior to becoming jewelry... a poker chip, a scrabble tile, a domino or a bottle cap. 

Giving new life and finding a new use for the items that would, otherwise, have been just thrown away, makes me feel like I am making a difference in this world.
What do you do to help reduce waste? 

Repurposed Picture Frame.  

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Billie Van Guilder
Vancouver, WA, US

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