Beautiful and Functional Stash Frame

If you own movies chances are you have some DVD cases lying around.  We store ours in CD binders so we have a lot of empty cases… and then somehow got a whole box more of them from my mom.  You don’t want to throw them out and add to your already overflowing landfills.  Instead, upcycle them into a beautiful and functional stash frame.

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This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

So what is a stash frame and what should you keep in it?  A stash frame is simply a picture frame you hang on your wall that looks like a regular frame.  However, it has ‘hidden’ storage inside for hiding cash, gift cards, or whatever you want to stash!  This one is even better because you can customize it to match your decor helping it blend in even more.  Don’t you love items that are more than they appear?

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This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Materials

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 1

Measure and cut your paper using your frame as a guide.  Make sure that you leave enough extra so that you can wrap it around the edges.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 2

Center your frame on your decorative paper and trace the inside.  Next, draw an “x” from corner to corner.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 3

Using scissors or an XActo knife, cut along the lines of your “x”.  Do not cut out the edges of the traced rectangle.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 4

Realign your frame with the center on the tracing.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 5

Mod Podge around the edges and begin folding up like you’re wrapping a present.  Start with the edges and then fold and adhere the inside flaps.

Tip:

  • You may have to fold the flaps in half before adhering to your frame to keep them from hanging over the outside edge.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 6

Once you have finished adhering your paper to the frame, put on a top coat of Mod Podge to seal it.  Do this on the front and back of your frame allowing one side to dry completely before moving on to the other.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 7

Once your frame is completely dry it is time to glue it to your DVD case.  Place you glue on the center of bottom and side surfaces of the frame.  This will ensure your photo aligns correctly when you slip it in from the top.

Note:

  • Do not glue the top side of your frame.  This will prevent you from being able to slide your photo in.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 8

Press frame firmly to your DVD case.  Be sure that the side of the case that opens is at the top.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Step 9

My DVD case already had openings under the plastic that were perfect for hanging.  I simply cut a slit in the plastic to accommodate.

If yours does not, don’t worry.  You can attach some frame hardware to the back with glue and hang it that way.

 

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

This beautiful and functional stash frame is more than meets the eye!

Now you have a beautiful, functioning picture frame to hang on your wall that doubles as a place to stash things (like a Sephora gift card… just saying).  Bonus: you’re taking clutter and turning it into storage!  These are so easy to make, you will want everyone in the family to have one.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
  • Sherry Nappa

    Awesome idea and a great transformation! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  • Chelsea Smith

    So clever I love it!

  • Chelsea Damon

    Hey that is genius! I HAVE to try that!

    • Thanks, Chelsea! Love how pretty you can make something that is essentially “trash”!

  • Karen

    What a great way to upgrade a frame.

  • Ohhhh.. I just realized what you did. This is so clever. And I am always wondering what to do with those empty cases. Thanks for turning on the light bulb! I love these types of repurposes.

    • Thanks, Mary! We seriously have a huge box full of empty cases and I just couldn’t bear to throw them away! I hope you enjoy making yours, too!