Woven Tray Turned Picture Frame

My decorating style changes from year to year, month to month and week to week. One second I’m painting all my wood furniture in bright colors, the next I’m wanting all my furniture back to natural wood.

The last few years I was all about bright pops of color, boldly painted furniture, and retro-inspired accessories. But my decorating pendulum is swinging back a bit and I’m craving subdued neutral colors and natural textures like wood grain, rope, canvas, linen, burlap, copper, brick, and natural greenery.

I’m slowly refreshing areas of our house to bring in more of these natural elements and I’m currently working on our bedroom.

Having a clear vision of what look/feel I’m going for has made it easy pick up inexpensive accessories at Goodwill to decorate shelves and dresser tops.

On a recent trip to Goodwill Northfield I was able to pick up this wooden lamp base ($7.99) and this circular woven tray ($.80). 

I turned the tray into a picture frame (details below) and paired it and the lamp with some thrifted books and dishes to create this simple display in my new, neutral design palette.

To make this EASY picture frame, follow the steps below:

1: Measure the indented circle on the tray. Mine was about 8.5”.

2 (optional): Bring your photo into a design software (I used InDesign) and place it on an 11x17 sized document (this is the size paper that the print shop would be printing it on). Add an 8.1” circle on top of the photo to serve as a cutting guide. I made it slightly smaller than 8.5” so that I had some wiggle room when placing the final photo into the indent. Export file to PDF and send to the local printer.

3: Cut photo into circle.

6: Affix photo to tray. I used masking tape as to not damage the tray, but you could also use glue.

7: Hook a paperclip through the weavings on the back (or you could use command strips), and hang.

My next area of focus in the bedroom is our bedding. I'm in the market for a new comforter; one that is both light in weight, yet still really warm and cozy. I'm loving the look of this Linen Quilt from West Elm, and this grey striped duvet cover from Ikea. We currently have FIVE layers of bedding; a sheet, a coverall, two down comforters, and a fleece blanket! And yes, we do have heat in our house. Now that we're finally heading into Spring I think I can reduce it down to 3 layers. Any bedding recommendations are welcome! 

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


  1. After you are done dressing my family, please decorate my house as well. Thanks.

  2. Love everything! The tray turned picture frame really surprised me...in a good way. I'm curious, do you buy books for their content OR do you buy books for their binding colors? I just bought 2 books from Goodwill solely based on binding color. I wanted a pop of sunny yellow in my room...neither book I have any interest in reading but I certainly like their pretty bindings :)

    1. LOL! Depends on their use. For stacking -- I buy them STRICTLY on their binding color :)

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