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I don’t know about you guys – but I LOVE vintage prints.  I have a ton of them saved and waiting for the perfect project.  But sometimes I feel like the only idea I can come up with is to frame them like I did my vintage botanicals.  Well that got me feeling like I should hunt for some new ideas! 

So with out further ado – here are 10 great ways to use vintage prints.  

1.  Make a Wall Art Installation

I love this wall art using vintage labels that Lisa @ Serendipity Chic Design made.  She used an old window and wooden panels to create this stunning piece.

2.  Sew up some Pillows

There are tons of ideas out there for using vintage prints on pillows!  Anyone else see Pottery Barn’s latest catalog?  But I really love these personalized pillows that Cortney @ Faith. Home. Love. made as Christmas presents!  Man – I wish I had been on her gift list!

3.  Create a Calendar

Something about the New Year programs us to get a new calendar.  I would much rather make one that is as beautiful as this one from {Northern Cottage}.  I know I shared this yesterday on my Facebook page but I kept thinking about it today!

4.  Make some Coasters

I love these coasters that the Graphics Fairy made!!  Her site, by the way, is the go to stop for all your vintage picture needs – I have gotten so many from her! 

5.  Cover a Frame

I love this vintage postcard covered frame that Lynda @ Something Created Everyday made.  How beautiful is this!  A lil Mod Podge and a Goodwill frame and you can have the same thing!  

6.  Make some moveable Word Art

Vintage prints aren’t always pictures – some times printed typography can be made into beautiful pieces.  Case in point – these rotating word art “houses” from Tea Potty Time.   They rotate to say things like Home and Love.  Adorable! 

7.  Wrap a Candle

There are tons of projects like this one out there but I love the simple sheet music overlaid with vintage images of crowns.  How cute are these candles from Amanda @ Reloved Rubbish?  Love em!

8. Personalize a Jewelry Box

Love this idea!  Lindy @ Cottage Hill redid an jewelry box by painting it light blue, hand painting the branch and then Mod Podging the lil bird onto the branch! 

9.  Revamp and Old Tray

Never again will I pass up a tray at a yard sale or Goodwill.  Not when I know I could make something this beautiful like Kim @ Cheap Chic Home did. 

10.  Make some Ornaments

I know we are just past Christmas – but this is the time to make your notes for things you want to do next year.  Case in point – how about make some beautiful ornaments using some vintage graphics like these that Heather @ Straight Stitches made!  Too cute!

So there you go!  Ten great ideas!  Did you find one you love?  Lemme know!  And if you have a vintage project you did that you would love to share with us – pop over to my Facebook page and post it there for us all to see! 

22 frugal friends said ...

Lindy said... @ January 6, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Thanks so much for the feature. Looks like I'm in good company!!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said... @ January 6, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Wow, I would never think of all these ideas. So great. I like them all. Hugs, Marty

Making It Work Mom said... @ January 6, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Love the tray and the ornament! They are great!

Serendipity Chic Design said... @ January 6, 2011 at 8:47 PM

OOH! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog letting me know that you featured my window art. That is so sweet. All of these other projects are amazing too...Great post....

Take care,
Lisa

Anna @ Blissful Whimsy said... @ January 6, 2011 at 8:58 PM

loooove the pillows. I wonder how hard that is to do....

Linda (Nina's Nest) said... @ January 6, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Those are some great projects. I did the music candle thing and the Christmas balls with sheet music. They were easy and fun! Nice post. Linda

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said... @ January 6, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Jess, I love all the projects in this post! Thanks so much for featuring my sheet music and crown candles!
hugs,
Amanda

Cortney said... @ January 6, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Thanks for featuring my pillows! I've seen some of these other projects around, they are all so great!

Zondra Art said... @ January 7, 2011 at 2:39 AM

Beautiful and very interesting post!
Have a nice weekend dear.

Erin@likegrandmas said... @ January 7, 2011 at 7:07 AM

You have picked 10 fabulous projects, I love them all and agree that they are tops!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said... @ January 7, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Wonderful projects!!! Thanks for including my coasters and for the little plug about my site!
Hugs,
Karen

Tea Potty said... @ January 7, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I love vintage graphics too -- they're taking over my computer memory! I'm always on the look out for new ways to use them around the home.

Dana @ CookingAtCafeD said... @ January 7, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Love your vintage prints. I really should blog the vintage prints I used in my bathroom. I color photocopied a few wonderful ads for soap and toothpaste from some vinage magazines I have. And, the turned out fabulously.

Thanks for the inspiration for the upcoming post! And for showing us such great vintage inspired projects.

fafner said... @ January 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

I love vintage prints too! I particularly liked the one in the calendar. I could use a new calendar actually. Did you know it's already 2011??

{northern cottage} said... @ January 7, 2011 at 11:45 AM

You are such a SWEETIE...thanks so much for featuring my little calendar! I'm just loving your blog! Smooches and Warm Winter Wishes to you!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said... @ January 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Great ideas, my vote is for the ornament.

Gracefully Vintage said... @ January 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

LOVE all of those ideas, if only my hands can or could keep up with the ideas...The Pillows are amzing- the window frame. love it..
thanks for sharing, and sharing which blogs show how to..
Karryannn

Lynda said... @ January 8, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Thank you so much for featuring my Altered Anthropologie frame. I am honored to be included here among such wonderful projects. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah, Three Boys said... @ January 9, 2011 at 6:12 AM

Such great ideas! I love that little bird box. So cute:)

Tammy said... @ January 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

You have spotlighted some really beautiful ideas here.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said... @ January 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Oh the candles are my favorite~thanks for sharing!

Creative Ambitions said... @ January 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Love all the vintage ideas... great highlights/features.

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