Picture Frame Accessory Holder




This instructable is about how you can make an accessory holder out of a discarded picture frame! As you work through the project you'll find that not only is it easy, the different things you can do to customize it are endless. The following is the basic design for the picture frame accessory holder.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Materials used in this project:
1. Holdback mainpiece x 2
2. Holdback screws x 4
3. Holdback decorative topper x 2
4. Mug Hooks x 4
5. Picture Frame x 1 (The sized used for this project was 8.5" x 11")

The holdbacks came in a set that included the screws, toppers, and  main piece. They can also be called curtain hangers or swag hooks and can be found at most craft stores. I got mine from the clearance isle at Joann's Fabrics.

Mug hooks are a dime a dozen and come in an assortment of different colors. They aren't hard to find, I found mine in the home improvement isle at Safeway.

The Picture frame came from the local second hand store.

Tools used in this project:

To be honest you can finish the project with no more than a simple screw driver. The rest of the tools help make the finished product sit straighter and look nicer.

Step 2: Preparations

The First step is to prepare the picture frame.

What you want to do is take off the back, glass, and any picture that may still be in the frame, so that your left with the fame itself.

Note: Different style frames use different methods to hold the pictures inside. This particular frame used little metal tabs which needs to be removed with a pair of pliers.

When you're done, you should have one empty frame

From here you cane take some spray paint and color it any color you want. It's also useful fore hiding small blemishes like warn out corners or small cracks.

Step 3: Attach the Holdbacks

The next step is to mount the holdbacks which will allow your frame to stand up straight.

The trick to this step is making sure the holdbacks are set evenly. Use a ruler and level to make sure that the bottom of the holdback is even with the frame, so that the frame stands up straight. Failure to do this will cause the whole project to become unbalanced and wobbly.

Note: If your holdbacks are mounted using screws you will want to pre-drill the screw hole. If you don't, a cheaper frame might crack. I learned that the hard way.

Step 4: Attach the Mug Hooks

Next insert the mug hooks. You can use a ruler to mark out where you want them to be, so that the project looks nice and symmetrical when you're finished.

Note: As i said in the previous step you may want to pre-drill the holes to prevent cracking.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Now finish up you're project with any attachments. Mine only included the decorative toppers.

Step 6: Finish!

Wallah! You now have a decorative accessory holder for all of your accessories!
I put this one at my front door to hold my keys, sunglasses and necklace!
The second picture below shows a variation. A larger frame was used and to hold more necklaces and swag!

The options are endless; larger frames, smaller frames, different types of holdbacks or any type of device that can act as a stand to prop up the frame can be used. If you like this project pleas feel free to send pictures of your variations, I would enjoy that.

Also this is my first instuctable so any advice would also be welcomed.



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    11 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great Idea... I hate it when you break the glass to a perfectly good picture frame and store it away because you don't want to throw it out... Now I have something to do with them now :D


    8 years ago on Step 6

    nice idea i try this.


    8 years ago on Step 6

    Like the idea a lot but when i saw it and thought about how i would use it, it occurred to me to add a tray for pens and other stuff that doesn't hang so much. Maybe a large diameter piece of pvc split length ways in half-ish sprayed black and laid across the hooks/stands.

    3 replies

    Funny you should mention that. I was thinking the same thing, but using pvc never occurred to me. Really nice idea.


    Here's the one I made, didn't end up using the pvc idea cause I didn't have any of the right dia. laying around, but still added other storage. You'll see. Thanks again for the idea, I think it turned out well.


    8 years ago on Step 6

    Awsome idea. thanks for sharing. If you used it for jewlry you could put smaller hooks on the side of the frame for rings. And for earings you could put even smaller holes in the bottom to hold them. Just a thought i had looking at this.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    What a fantastic idea, and just something I really need. I have everything to make it.
    Thanks so much for showing this to us.