Fall Lentil Frames

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It dropped another five degrees today which means another chance to use around-the-house items to add some fall lovin’  to our newly painted upstairs (more on that later this week.)


The end result was three, texture-licious frames in yummy fall colors straight from the pantry and recycling bin.




Want to make your own?

To make these frames you’ll need:


(Edited to add: I’ve gotten a few emails about lentils. You can find them next to the rice or in the bulk food section of your grocery store. They run $0.60 - $1.25 / lb.)

As always I hope you’ll rock what ya got and make this look work for you without a trip to the store.

I made simple, three-layer frames from {unused} pizza boxes and wood glue …


… and covered the raw edges with paper scraps for a nice, clean edge.


Frames got a quick coat of paint in the closest color I had to my lentils using my nicest fountain drink palette and a foam brush …


… just to make sure none of that cardboard showed through.

Craft wire was wrapped around the frames to make a simple hanging loop for the back.


Frames were propped up on some cans and a thick coat of white school glue was applied with a cheapie foam brush.  More is more here, people. Don’t skimp. Lentils were gently poured on in a thick layer and pressed carefully in place.  Do NOT shake off the extra until the glue has dried several hours.


The sides of the frame were covered the same way after the top had thoroughly dried.  Pictures and mats were taped in place. Easy. Quick. Done.

Love the texture, but not the color?

No biggie.

I loved—LOVED—the orange lentil frame, but hated it with my living room wall color.  Boo. {Maybe I’ll have to make another one for Halloween.}

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So I just painted over it.  A little copper craft paint and the problem was solved.


Much better match up against those grey walls.



A few THRIVE tips to save you some headaches:

1. If you’re painting your lentil frame, spray paint is easiest. But if craft paint is all you got, thin it down to make it flow like a glaze. I went with 3 parts paint, 1 part water, 1 part white glue and it worked great.

2.  Don’t touch your frame for several hours while the lentils are drying. Don’t shake off the extra. Don’t move it. Leave the dang thing alone. Seriously. If you move or shake off the extra too soon, you’ll get a really thin, spotty layer.  See?

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3. If you skimped on the glue and/or ignored tip #2 -- don’t worry. Mix 2 parts glue + 1 part water and pour it over your frame, spreading gently with a foam brush. Then recoat with a thick coat of lentils and let it dry over night before shaking off the excess.

Happy straight from the pantry fall crafting!

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  1. Very cool. These turned out so extraordinarily well! We once glued lentils onto a willow wreath for Christmas, but I like your frames even better.

  2. This is awesome. I love the texture and the colors. They are perfect for fall! I am featuring this tomorrow at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  3. Great idea! I love how they turned out!

  4. Funny but your post reminds me of all the lentil soups they have here. :) They use red lentils in lots of the food here in Turkey. :) These are fun Nike ~ you are like the fall queen. We are still in the 90's here. :( but mornings are cool. :)

  5. Really cute! I love lentils! Now I love them even more. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. well, that's one way to use your food storage! LOL
    honestly, I didn't even know that lentils came in any other color than green!!!

  7. I love these for fall, but I also feel like if you spray painted them white, gold, bronze or some other color they might make a really great textured year-round picture frame.

  8. These are really pretty! I have been looking for pretty/not-too-expensive fall wreaths (we have a double front door now and so I need two--bah!). I wonder if I could do this over a styrofoam base and if the resulting product could stand having the door shut without falling apart...hmmmmmn. Wheels turning... :). Thanks for the great idea!

  9. this is such a great fall craft! It's super original and so simple. I'm wishing I thought of it! lol, congrats. I'm a new follower and excited to see your future posts!!


  10. I love this - so simple, yet such a great look for fall!

  11. Loved the idea, but as a person who raises lentils for a living, I will tell you that the yellow legumes are yellow split peas, not lentils.

  12. @Erin S. -- yes, I'm sure you could make this work on a styrofoam base. I'd love to see it if you try it!

    @Anonymous - thanks so much for the clarification! I thought they were all the same and appreciate learning something new. :)

  13. This is amazing! I am going to start following you now, since I have heard SO much about you! Fabulous idea!

  14. I have been "rockin' what I got" this week thanks to your inspiration. I made a fall wreath for my door from an old picture frame, fabric scraps, a small branch, and pretty cardstock...$0. I also needed some greenery in the planters on my porch due to the drought down here in Texas so I made "foliage" out of my ruined green stripe lawn umbrella...$0! Your Fall Frames really gave me the boost I needed to get some Fall Flair goin on at my house!

  15. amazing! i bow down to you. so cute and yes, perfect for Fall.

  16. So freaking cute! Lentil frames?! Are you kidding me?! You are amazing. I seriously need you to come to my house and tell me what I can do with all the crap in here. I have NO imagination.

  17. Gosh these are cute! And so thrifty!!!
    Just one question: is that a real dried leaf you used? If yes, did you do anything to preserve it first before framing it?
    I love thrifty stuff and this is pure genius ...well done! I'm so gonna do this asap!! x Mimi

  18. Excellent use for all those dusty packets at the back of the cupboard! They look great!

  19. Super fun project and it turned out so pretty! I'm going to have to see if I can find those lentils in my grocery store...love it!

  20. What a great project! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:

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  21. These look amazing... like they were taken straight out of a catalog. I wish I had lentils but my kids love them and I'm out of them right now!

  22. What a clever idea! So pretty for fall.

  23. @Mimi - The red leaf is from an old dollar store leaf garland so no preserving needed. I do plan on grabbing some real leaves this fall and will press them in a book for a week or two to preserve them. Hope that helps!

  24. Loving the texture going to have to give this a try in my own home. Thanks for sharing!

  25. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. I would love for you to share it on my link party at cookienut.blogspot.com

  26. Those frames are so cute! I cannot wait to give it a try.

  27. Great idea to layer the cardboard for a thicker frame! I really love the way your lentil frames turned out, Nike! The one with the dried grass is my favorite. I've used lentils for filler in candle holders before - such vivid colors!

  28. This is so cute! I love all of them... fun fall colors and such great texture! I'm your newest follower - can't wait to explore more of your blog! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  29. Those look great! I LOVE the texture!!

  30. The texture of those is great! I love them.

  31. These ROCK!!! They are well done and absolutely stunning!!!

  32. I love this idea! How ingenious! I think making a few of these are in my future. =)

  33. Hello me, how have I not been following your blog already? These are fabulous, and I love your other projects too :)

  34. Awesome! So clever & cute. Although I love cooked lentils too, ha! But the texture and color is fabulous. Great project.

  35. I love the orange lentil frame so much. But then I think, if I craft with them, then I can't eat them. Decisions, decisions.

  36. So glad I found your blog! You have the most amazing ideas....I keep pinning them on my Pinterest. I've had lentils in my cupboard FOREVER. It's time I used them.

  37. I love to eat nearly all beans - except lentils (well ok and lima beans). I HATE lentils. This would be a perfect project for the. Really beautiful!

  38. I love this so much I featured it at this weeks Hookin Up with HoH party!

    I'm also going to be pinning it!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button.


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  39. I love these! Finally a use for lentils, since in my household they are just not edible. Just wanted to let you know that I totally name dropped you on my blog today! You should check it out!

  40. Very cool. These turned out so extraordinarily well! We once glued lentils onto a willow wreath for Christmas, but I like your frames even better. If you spray painted them white, gold, bronze or some other color they might make a really great textured year-round picture frame.

  41. Totally love these! Found them at Someday Crafts via Pinterest! I'm featuring them on my blog later today and I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party that's still open!



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  42. love these!! what a great idea...


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