Turn a dollar tree plastic cutting board into a cute photo holder that will look great as part of your kitchen or breakfast room decor.
These make great gifts for Mother’s Day and they are super easy to make. Change up the look by using different ribbon or fabric for seasonal decor.
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I’ve used these $1 cutting boards to make Recipe Card Hostess Gifts for Christmas. I still had a few of them in my craft stash to use to make photo holders.
Photo Holder DIY
These are always easy to find at Dollar Tree. Of course, the best part about them is the cost. They would be great blanks for Cricut crafts, too.
After removing the label, the board got two coats of white chalk paint. I painted both the front and back since I’m planning on having it stand upright. Once the paint is dry, give it a coat of protective finish. On small pieces like this I like to use DecoArt Dura Clear. It brushes on easily and dries quickly.
My original plan was to trim the board with ribbon, but after looking through my stash of ribbon I didn’t have any that I liked for this that was the right width. Plan B was to use fabric.
Steps for Adding Decorative Fabric Strips to Photo Holder
- Measure around the board starting in the center of the back and cut a strip of fabric about 4″ wide.
- Fold the fabric lengthwise by bringing both edges to the center. Use fabric glue to hold it together.
- Add a small dot of hot glue to the center of the board.
- Place fabric strip on glue and add a small line of glue to the edges.
- Fold fabric strip around the back of the board and glue in place along the way.
Repeat the process for the bottom of the board, but use a narrower fabric strip.
Dressing the photo holder up is the fun part of this simple project. This is when you could let your little ones help if they are making this as a gift for their grandmother for Mother’s Day. I hot glued a vase filler gem to cover the hole in the cutting board.
Using some extra lamb’s ear greenery I had on hand, I removed a few of the leaves and glued them to the bottom fabric trim. Another gem is glued to the center of them.
The easiest way to add a clip is to use a small craft clothes pin. I didn’t have any white ones on hand, but it only took a few minutes for chalk paint to dry before gluing the pin to the top piece of fabric.
To have the black gems match the polka dot fabric, I used the pointed end of a wood skewer to add tiny white dots of paint to both of the gems.
I mentioned that I wanted this to stand, not to hang. To do that, I used a white dowel rod. It’s glued inside the hole to the back side of the gem.
Allow the glue around the dowel to harden before moving the photo holder. You could also use E6000 glue, but the drying time will be much longer. If you make one and plan on moving it around often, I would recommend E6000 or Gorilla Glue.
Since I had everything I needed on hand to make this, I didn’t need to spend any new money. The fabric is from a fat quarter that I bought at Walmart some time ago.
If you’re using this as a Mother’s Day gift, attach a favorite photo and it’s ready to be gifted.
Making a photo holder for Mother’s Day is a fun, budget friendly gift idea. If you want to make one for your little ones to give to their grandmother, they could easily help with this project by choosing the fabric or ribbon and deciding on which photo to add to the holder.
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Dollar Store Photo Holder DIY
Supply List for Photo Holder DIY
- Dollar Store Plastic Cutting Board
- Measuring Tape
- Hot Glue
- Vase Filler Gems
- Chalk Paint and Brush
You could make these using fabric that has a seasonal design, or a graduation party or birthday party theme. Since these small cutting boards are only $1 at Dollar Tree, you could make lots of them for very little cost. I’m planning on making a few of them to use for 4th of July Decor this year.
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