Broken Blinds Picture Frame

So back when the little man was a couple months old, I got a friend to take some pictures of him. He was being super fussy that day (of course), and it was hard to get any pictures of him NOT grimacing. But then, by total fluke, we managed to capture the most epic baby picture of all time…

 

Epic, I know.  So of course I had to order a giant print. The problem was, I didn’t want to pay for a giant frame…giant frames are expensive. It sat round for awhile and I forgot about it while we moved.  When we got into our house I noticed some of the blinds were broken (and still under warranty!). I couldn’t just throw them away. Who in their right mind would throw away broken blinds, lol.  An idea started to form….
I ended up layering the blinds and attaching with wood glue. This took a ton of measuring! Here is the end result…
It sits in my entryway and is the first thing people notice when they walk in. One day Elijah is going to be so very embarrassed by it…perhaps I’ll be a nice mom and move it before then. Perhaps.
It ended up looking very Santa Fe-ish, but that’s okay, we’re southwestern friendly ’round here. I was also worried about the holes in the blinds looking….well, dumb…but I think they add to it. I’m now wishing I had kept all the leftover blinds…imagine the possibilities!
My friend, Loren, has since moved to the Chattanooga area and is starting her own photography business! Her website is under construction, so for now she can be reached on her facebook page here. If you live in that area you should look her up…she is totally awesome and can do any event!



Comments

  1. I love that it's the first thing people see when theey come into your home! Great pic and awesome frame!

  2. that is a great picture!! love the frame too!

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  3. Haha!! Poor Elijah! Good job on the frame! Looks awesome!

  4. Oh my gosh. That is the cutest thing ever. How old is he now? Is he talking to you? :)
    So glad you linked that up. It just made my night looking at it and creative thinking on the repurposing of the blinds. Going creatively green right?
    Pam

  5. this picture just made me laugh so hard!!! he is too cute!! I love the frame you made! Very creative!

  6. Brilliant! When he is a pre-teen you will take it down I hope.

  7. Love the frame, and the photo! Looks so great!

  8. too cute and funny too. I love that you framed it and hung it on your wall. priceless art.Hugs

  9. This is great! Brilliant photo and a very clever frame!

  10. that is flippin' hysterical! great idea with the blinds, really!

  11. blahahahha that picture is awesome!!! i love it:)
    thanks for making my day!!!
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  12. Hi there! Thank you so much for this idea! We just bought new blinds for our bedroom windows which are really wide but not very tall. This caused us to “waste” most of the slats, but now I have an excellent way to use them! You are so creative and SMART! Thanks again! :)

    P.S. LOVE the picture of your son….too adorable!

  13. What a great way to upcycle! Thank you so much for sharing. It looks like a great project to do with the kids too!

  14. I laughed so hard coffee almost came out of my nose!! The picture is adorable and the frame is genius. I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional party going on now. There is a really great giveaway going on with it. I hope to see you soon! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-linky-party-and.html
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  15. i am not sure what i love more: the clever idea of using blinds to build a beautiful, modern frame…or…that picture!!!!!! both are brilliant and made me smile so very big! fabulous all around :)

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  16. Priceless! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  17. This is a beautiful picture frame!! I love the shot, awesome :):)

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  18. Amazine use of blinds. I would never have thought of that.

  19. Yep! That picture is a keeper! Love it…and your frame is fabulous. But…YOU THREW THE REST AWAY?????? I hope you're kicking yourself! (hehe)

  20. I commented earlier but I wanted to come back and say I'm so glad you took the time to link this up to BeColorful's Motivated Monday. It had to make the readers smile.
    Pam

  21. What a brilliant and creative use for broken blinds! I never in my life would have thought of that. And that photo had me absolutely cracking up. I love it!

  22. This is such a great idea for broken blinds! And that picture is epically awesome!

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  24. That frame turned out great and that picture is hilarious!! Love it!
    Thank you for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see more of your creativity this weekend! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  26. That is the best picture EVER!!! :)

  27. The frame is beautiful. Excellent recycling idea.

  28. The frame is so cute and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your blog.

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  30. Anyone who enters your house would go, “Whoa! What's that baby doing outside, lying on the grass?”, only to find out that it's just a picture frame. You got me there. I mistook it for a window too. Hahahaha

  31. The frame is SO clever, but OH that picture. I die.

  32. Perfection.

    That frame is beautiful. But that photo? Over the top amazing. I started laughing as soon as I opened your page. Not only a perfect moment, the quality is great too. It’s a great combination.
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  33. Would have loved to see it painted in red! It would make the walls and the picture pop! Still an awesome idea though. Very creative.

  34. Okay, you are my favorite person ever. That is EPIC indeed. It’s my lifegoal to capture my futurebaby like that. This should be highlighted in every post you make from here forward. FYI. :)
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