I think this might be my favorite upcycle project ever! If you have been on my blog you know I love a good upcycle project. But, this wood frame made with packing materials is my absolute favorite upcycle this year.
Did I mention it requires no tools or glue? And, I loved it so much it’s on our Pottery Barn knockoff mantel.
And, because the wood frame is created with packing materials the supplies are delivered to my door. I didn’t need to haul it from the side of a dumpster.
In fact, the only thing I needed was sandpaper, stain, and four thumbtacks.
Oh, and it took seven minutes to build.
Except, I didn’t really have to build it because the warehouse it shipped from did all the work for me. The upcycle was what I found at the bottom of the box that shipped a small side table from my favorite online-only decor site.
I call this find a free gift with purchase. I forgot to take a photo of the packing material, but this is my second upcycle project in the works. So obviously the first one was good enough.
I’m a believer in everything looks better with a brush of paint or stain (see my logo). So a few splashes of Minwax Walnut stain kept my upcycle idea moving forward. Yes, I paint on top of the garbage cans. I have the most colorful garbage cans on the block.
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 (remember my motto about everything looks better with a brush of paint).
I wanted something to place on our Pottery Barn knockoff mantle above our bed (my first Pottery Barn knockoff).
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 the 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 love the finished look. And, I got this wood frame idea from packing materials. I hope this upcycle gives you a few ideas on how to repurpose everyday items that would otherwise end of in the garbage.