DIY Ammo Frame for Guys :: Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

Are you looking for an awesome DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or are military men like mine. It is also the newest creation for this month’s Thrift Store Décor Upcycle Challenge. If you have any friends or family who like to hunt or fire guns for fun, ask them to start saving their casings now. One day at the range will give you enough to make this awesome project. I’m incredibly thankful to my close friend for diligently saving all of his casings for me so that I could bring you this DIY. Now, let’s get onto the tutorial.

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

 

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Materials

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 1

Start by cleaning your thrift store frame and your casings if needed.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 2

Next, take your frame apart and set the glass and backing aside.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 3

Start gluing your casings along the bottom of your frame, starting in the center.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 4

Continue adding casings until the bottom of the frame is covered.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 5

Next, begin gluing casing in a single line on the left side of your frame.

Tip:

  • Do this with like sides of the casings together as pictured.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 6

Repeat step 5 on the right side of your frame.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 7

Next, glue 2 casings together on the top left corner of your frame as pictured.

Step 8

Do the same on the t op right corner of your frame.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 9

Glue 3 casings upright, as pictured, in the center of the top of your frame.

Step 10

Once your glue has cooled, spray your entire frame with bronze spray paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 11

Next, spray your frame with a second coat of paint.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Step 12

Lastly, put your frame back together and add a photo if desired.

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

 

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

Are you looking for an unique DIY gift for your husband? This DIY ammo frame is perfect for guys who like hunting or military men, like mine.

This was so easy to make! I am crazy excited to surprise my husband with it this Father’s Day. You could also replace the picture with a handwritten note or drawing from your kiddos before gifting it. What are your thoughts? I’m seriously considering it. Let me know in the comments and then check out the other awesome Thrift Store projects from my friends below!

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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.
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  • Very cute idea. This would make a great Father’s Day gift.

  • What a super cute project! They are framing veterans photos at a museum where my dad grew up. I am going to forward this. They could do a group shot of the old guys at the Luncheon and frame it.

    • Marie

      Thanks, Pamela! That is such a great idea! I hope they have a great time at their Luncheon!

  • This is such a creative idea! Pinned 🙂

  • What a cool idea! Guys will love this makeover. How clever you are!
    Kim

    • Marie

      Thanks, Kim!!

  • Such a cool frame! Perfect Father’s Day gift!

  • Very unique idea. I really like the birch tree bark candle holders.

  • VERY clever way to man up a frame, great Father’s Day gift!!

    • Marie

      Thanks Megan!

  • What a unique idea for the man in your life. The casings give a plain frame texture and interest. I love the fact that it is different.

    • Marie

      Thanks, Debra!

  • This is such a cute idea, my husband would actually love this!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Marie

      Thanks so much Carrie! I hope you get some casings to make it soon 🙂

  • What a creative and original Fathers day gift for the macho guy in your life! I’ll take 6 please! My brothers and father would love them! Oh, better throw in 4 more for the nephews! The color you used works super perfect for this project too!

    • Marie

      Thank you so much Jeannee! The paint was originally purchased to update the doorknobs in our house but since I clearly hadn’t gotten around to that yet, I loved it for this project. Lol.

  • What an awesome idea! So unique 🙂

    • Marie

      Thanks, Angela!

  • Cute idea! Check Father’s Day gift off your list now!! Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

    • Marie

      Thanks Victoria! Unfortunately that’s only one Father’s Day gift that gets to be checked off, lol. The kiddos and I get to make some for the grandparents now. 🙂

  • Oh, my goodness. This almost looks like bamboo when it is all painted up. I really like the look of this picture frame. Very masculine and it would be a great conversation piece!

    • Marie

      Omgosh, I hadn’t noticed that until you pointed it out but it does look like bamboo. I should totally make another one but paint in green. Thanks for the awesome idea!

  • I bet your hubby would love it! I know mine would think it was pretty cool. Great idea!

    • Marie

      Thanks, Amanda! To be fair, he gets back from Annual Training the day before Father’s Day so I could probably just surprise him with non-MRE food and he’d be thrilled. Lol! This is just a fun bonus 🙂