October 14, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Ornate picture frames can be used for more than framing photos or prints; however, that wasn’t my original intention when I found the perfect frame at a thrift store last year. It contained a hideous old photo, but I just loved the frame and decided it was going to “frame” my coffee table’s holiday décor.

holidiy1I went through most of my decorations looking for items to highlight until I was at the bottom of the Christmas box.

Even without the picture frame, holiday ornaments can be used to create vignettes—small ornamental designs to fill a space—for tables and nooks around the house. Include any of your favorite decorations.


Place items inside the picture frame or arrange as a vignette. Consider different heights and textures for added interest, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. This DIY project doesn’t have to be just for the holidays. It can be adapted for any season.

Items used
Ornate picture frame

Christmas greenery

Christmas bulbs

Glass candle holders (place décor of different heights in the center)

Christmas ornaments

String of white lights


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