How to Make a Photo Frame from a Sink Mat

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February 14, 2017

Sink Mat to Photo Frame - add photoToday I made a photo frame from a sink mat I got at the Dollar Tree.
You don't need much more than a few items to create something cute and very unique.


Total Time: 55-60 minutes

Yield: 1


  • 1 sink mat from the Dollar Tree ($1.00)
  • 11 fabric strips or your choice
  • scissors
  • buttons ($.25)
  • hot glue gun
  • darning needle
  • crochet thread
  • ribbon scraps
  • photo
Sink Mat to Photo Frame - mat


  1. Measure four over from each edge and five down from each top/bottom.
    Cut with a steak knife or something with a serrated edge. The plastic is very hard. This will give you a perfect spot in the center for the photo.
  2. Sink Mat to Photo Frame - cut out photo spot
  3. If your fabric is airy and light, use double strips. If not, go ahead and just cut one. Make sure they are long enough to fold over on the back, so about 1.5 inches longer than the mat holes. Shorter ones of course for the smaller spots in the middle.
  4. Sink Mat to Photo Frame - cut fabric strips

  5. Begin to weave the strips in and out, doing the outer edges first.
  6. Sink Mat to Photo Frame - begin weaving fabric
  7. When finished with the weaving, hot glue the back overlap to the back of the frame.
  8. Sink Mat to Photo Frame - glue fabric overlap to back of frame
  9. Embellish with your choice of items. For me, it was Dollar Tree heart shaped buttons. I used my darning needle and double crochet thread to match the fabric to "tie" the buttons and make them look like they were sewed on.
    I had 5 colors and 5 spots to put them on the top and bottom. Because of the math, and the repeat of the button colors, I had to stop at five along the sides and not do any on the four corner spots.
  10. Sink Mat to Photo Frame - sew on buttons

  11. I put some scrap ribbon and a button on the top, and added a shot of my now 25 year old grandson when he was 4, collecting Easter eggs. Then I hot glued and twisted a hanger for it on the top and it was done.

  12. Sink Mat to Photo Frame - photo in and view of hanger
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February 20, 20170 found this helpful

Sounds like a clever project for 8-10 year old girls when spending a sleepover. Nice idea to pass along.
Thanks Sandi

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