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DIY Tray From A Picture Frame & Tea Towel

How to make a beautiful decorative DIY tray from a picture frame & tea towel.

As you might know by now, I found this weekly flea market that I love checking out on Sundays, and many times I score really fun finds, like a little tea pot that I incorporated into a summer vignette. Read more about it here. A while back, I picked up two bigger frames with pictures in them. I had just stored them at the time for a future project, because I didn’t really know what to do with them. Until yesterday, when making a tray came to me.



DIY Frame From A Picture Frame & Tea Towel

I have to say this project was not planned out properly and I just went at it without taking proper process pictures. I’m sorry. Wanting instant gratification, I did it the crazy fast way, some part of it in my storage room, which got so hot, I moved in the kitchen, where the lighting was real bad for photos and so on.

Cray-cray for sure! Anyways, it is pretty simple and I will try to explain showing the few not great quality photos, ok??

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What I have used:

big rectangle flea market frames

[you can probably find bigger similar ones at your local thrift store for cheap]

leather pulls

tea towel [mine is from Ikea but no longer available]  but this one, this one or this one would look great too

white chalk paint & wax

felt pads

hot glue gun


First, I painted my frame with white chalky paint. I took out the glass and also painted the backing, because I initially thought, I wanted to put a stencil on it. But then I changed my mind quickly and got the tea towel idea.

Although I think a stencil would look great too!

Ok, so next, I screwed on the leather pulls. Mine came with big silver screw tops and I didn’t like the look of them, so looking through my stash, I found 4 simple black screws I used instead.

Next, I took the backing of the frame and wrapped my tea towel around the front part of it and cut the rest off. I’m sure I’ll find a use for the rest of the tea towel at some point too.


DIY frame from a picture frame & tea towel kreativk.net


Using normal white glue, I glued the tea towel edges around the backing of the frame.

After, I put the glass in it’s place and inserted the tea towel backing on top, just like you would add a picture.

I grabbed the backing from my second frame and hot glued it on top of everything just because my cut off tea towel didn’t look that nice in the back. And last, I added felt pads to all four corners, to keep furniture smooth.

Now the fun part, the decorating!


DIY frame from a picture frame & tea towel kreativk.net


Lavender looks good on anything, right??


DIY frame from a picture frame & tea towel kreativk.net

DIY frame from a picture frame & tea towel kreativk.net


I think the tray looks great on my dining room table!


DIY frame from a picture frame & tea towel kreativk.net


DIY frame from a picture frame & tea towel kreativk.net


But I love how it stands out on my coffee table! I think it’ll stay there for now!


DIY frame from a picture frame & tea towel kreativk.net


DIY frame from a picture frame & tea towel kreativk.net



I know there are quite a lot of DIY picture frame trays out there, I still hope though,  you enjoy my version and got inspired to create your own! Imagine one like these for the Holidays… endless possibilities!

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day!




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  • Jelica
    06/08/2018 at 23:11

    That tray is absolutely beautiful, Katrin. I could use one of your tray designs for my living room 🙂

    • Katrin
      09/08/2018 at 12:15

      Thank you so much Jelica!! It’s a fun piece to have on the coffee table…

  • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    02/08/2018 at 06:55

    Thank you so much, dear Katrin! I’ve been tempted to buy a towel at a certain shop in Meckenheim for quite a while now (it’s got some scottish motives on…) but I haven’t so far, cause it would be a shame to use the towel as a towel… Sigh… But now I know exactly, what I could do with the towel and it would show thoses motives off quite nicely too!

    • Katrin
      09/08/2018 at 10:05

      Oh I know, some tea towels are just too good to be a towel, haha. Happy you got inspired Marjan!! Thank you!!

  • Marie Blackburn
    31/07/2018 at 00:15

    I really love this tray, Katrin! Very clever adding a tea towel behind the glass and I think the texture and print are far more interesting to the eye than a stencil would’ve been. Pinned 🙂

    • Katrin
      01/08/2018 at 07:41

      Thanks Marie, I love the print on it and am happy I could use it for the tray.

  • Mary
    30/07/2018 at 18:51

    Katrin that is such a cool idea. Love the tea towel and how nicely it contrasts with the handles.

    • Katrin
      31/07/2018 at 21:54

      It does, right? I love those handles too and am really happy with how it all turned out. Thanks friend.

  • Michelle Leslie
    30/07/2018 at 18:27

    Now that’s really clever Katrin. Keeping the glass makes it so much easier to wipe clean and that tea towel looks so gorgeous inside the frame, like they were meant to be together.

    • Katrin
      31/07/2018 at 21:54

      It does Michelle, no worries about getting that tea towel dirty!!