Repurposed Vintage Folding Ruler Frame

It’s my favourite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge.

On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.

If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.


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I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s ruler/yard stick challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out the fabulousness.


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For my quick and easy project I used this $1 vintage wooden folding ruler from my stash.


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To make my frame I opened the ruler and created a square.

This was quite easy to do because the ruler sort of locked in place at the connections.


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All I needed was some fun-tak putty to hold the two ends in place.

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I’ve had this putty for at least 4-5 years years and it’s stayed nice and soft in a baggie.


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When I gave this floral mirror its makeover a few years ago I turned it into a chalkboard while keeping the mirror in behind.

Now it’s time to start reusing it as a mirror again. This is one of those wonky mirrors that makes everything looks slightly askew.

I took it outside to take advantage of the natural lighting. It’s pretty impossible to take a mirror pic without being in it… so there I am.


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And I simply hung the ruler frame around the mirror.

Easy peasy!

All I needed was one little nail at the top, and I made sure to have the puttied connection at the bottom.

The ruler frame really does give this mirror a little extra oomph. This pair will eventually be hanging somewhere in the house, but I haven’t decided where yet.

Since we’re having a dry spell here with no rain in sight I think I’ll just leave it here on the back deck fence for a while. It’s kinda fun having something that would normally be inside outside instead.


Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their ruler/yard stick projects.

Thrifty Chicks Ruler or Yard Stick Project Challenge July 2018

Just click on the links below to check them out.

1. Little Vintage Cottage – Repurposed Yardstick Counter Top
2. Shoppe No. 5 – How Yardsticks Gave New Life To A Stool
3. Lora B. Create & Ponder – Repurposed Wheel Flowers
4. Thrifty Rebel Vintage – That’s mine!
5. Adirondack Girl at Heart – Yard Stick Scrabble DIY Garden Markers


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How to repurpose a vintage wooden folding ruler as a frame

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…


keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Very nice!! Love this monthly challenge!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I love the challenge too, and I feel lucky to be participating with such talented blogging friends.

  2. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    Great ideas…all really cool. Enjoy reading your site. Your instructions are so easy to follow. You work so hard & are very successful.

  3. Laura Crumm says:

    I love this! You have such a creative mind.

  4. Love how the square ruler sets off the curvy mirror. I love those old, bendy, yardsticks-so functional for re-purposing! And, yes, taking pics of rooms with mirrors is always a challenge! I love how you just gave in and got yourself in there…selfie time!

  5. You’re cute as can be, Tuula–love that you “accidentally” captured yourself in the shot. I love buying and selling vintage folding rulers and often shape them into stars to catch people’s attention. You’ve given me a new idea to use in my antique booth 🙂

    1. Thanks Diana! Normally I hate having my picture taken, but I’m kind of incognito at the same time so it was ok. lol.

  6. Love it Tuula! It’s so simple yet not something that most people would even think of and it’s so cute!


    1. Thanks Tania! This is absolutely one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done, but those are often my favourites.

  7. That is just too easy! It is definitely an eclectic way to decorate and it works!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I do enjoy a quick and easy project every once in a while. 🙂

  8. Super cute idea, Tuula and what a difference it made to the mirror. Pinned 🙂

  9. I love this repurpose, Tuula! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!