Rustic Framed Elk Picture

When I was out garage saling a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a gorgeous, rustic frame.  It was $5 and had been custom made in Brown County, IN {which is an adorable town with some great little shops and restaurants} and it just had to be mine.

I must have been staring at it for awhile because a man finally came up and said if I didn’t want it, he would take it.  So, of course, I went right up to the man selling it and got out of there before it could get snatched away.  Mike had a great idea to fill it with a picture we’ve had for awhile of an elk my dad had taken in Yellowstone when we all out when out west a couple of years ago.  I decided to head to Michael’s to get a mat {a very generous parent gave me a gift card for Teacher Appreciation week} to fill in the space between the picture and the frame.  I bought this cream mat for about $5, and, yes the wrapper was ripped when I bought it but it was the only one they had.

So I opened it the rest of the way and took the front and back apart.

The elk picture had a small crease in it so I thought taping it nice and tight to the mat would minimize the crease and keep it in place.

I laid it on the front of the back piece of mat to center it, flipped it over, and taped it from behind.

I flipped it back to the right side and laid the front piece over top to make an elk sandwich:)

Then I grabbed my frame and turned it on its back.  There is an inset on the back of the frame where the mat sits.

And I stapled it to the insert to keep it in place.

Pretty simple.  I hung it in our dining room where it fits perfectly with the room’s rustic theme.


Total cost:  $10 for the frame and mat.  I love the warm, aged wood with that beautiful elk in the middle.




I’ve linked up with Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures party!

These are the fabulous blog parties I link up to each week:

DIY Showoff: DIY Project Parade

I Heart Naptime: Sundae Scoop

Skip to My Lou: Made By You Mondays

Today’s Creative Blog: Get Your Craft On

Tip Junkie: Tip Me Tuesday

Home Stories A to Z: Tutorials and Tips Tuesdays

Not Just a Housewife: Shoe Me What Ya Got

Blue Cricket Design: Show and Tell

Hooking Up with Hepworths

Shabby Chic Cottage: Transformation Thursday

Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday

CSI Project: Challenge

5 Days, 5 Ways

Remodelaholic: Blog Link Up

30 Handmade Days

Serenity Now

Tatertots and Jello: Weekend Wrap-Up



  1. Angela Jones says:

    WOW! That looks awesome! It is amazing how you can look at something so simple and turn it into something very beautiful!!

  2. I love that frame!! I would have grabbed it too had I found it. Great find.

  3. Great buy! That frame is perfect for that photo!!

  4. Looks fantastic! Great find on the frame.

Speak Your Mind