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Repurposed Vintage Photo Ideas

Repurposed Vintage Photo Ideas

Recently Mr Practical Pants brought home a box of vintage photos for me to go through. After decades of marriage, he knows me all too well! The photos sadly with no names or dates on the back, were from the 1920’s-1930’s.  They included group shots of a family that enjoyed the finer things in life including lovely clothes, homes and the best auto transportation of the period.

Repurposed Vintage Photos


I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for old black and white photos so finding creative ways to use them is always fun. They are almost like mini pieces of art each one telling a story of long ago so why not use them? Below are a few ideas on how to repurpose vintage photos~


1. Tack a few photos on a wall. This is a great idea if you have an antique booth and want to change up the background in your space.

2. For a Wedding, collect old Bride and Groom images and make a photo garland. Take several of the photos and attach them to ribbon or string placing on a wall.

3.  Make a DIY Vintage Table Runner- Directions here via Ruffled Blog



* Paper and Tags

1. Make vintage gift tags from black and white photo copies. Use a tag shaped paper punch to cut the gift tags from. Use decorative tape to edge the photo.

DIY Gift Tag from Vintage Photo

2.  Make your own custom wrapping paper.  Take a variety of your favorite old photos and papers to the local office supply store and make enlargements on white paper.

Vintage Wrap6a00d8341c544453ef00e54f90daf78833-800wi

 So don’t put those old photos away, repurpose them!





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  • Reply
    Sherry Belbot
    April 26, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Love this idea about old black and white photos! I think I will try the gift tage idea! Would be a wonderful way to say thank you to my customer’s!

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      April 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Sherry, I always love finding ideas that are budget friendly and creative to use in my business. Thank You for stopping by:) Carol

  • Reply
    beth LBeth
    August 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Love these ideas…and I LOVE the blue patterned background in the second picture. Is it paper from the inside of a trunk?

    Fun post!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      August 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Beth:) I know that paper is fun isn’t it? It’s actually the back of an old shadow box.
      Thanks Doll:)

  • Reply
    August 15, 2014 at 1:29 am

    I love these ideas. I am a bigger collector of vintage photos and I think the gift tag idea is fantastic. Definitely will be using this at Christmas.

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      August 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Hope you try it Elaine. So much fun to reuse those old photos:)

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