From Pack n Play Mattress to Foldable Play Mat!

Turn an old Pack n Play mattress into a Foldable Play Mat!!

I want to share something with you all that I made several years ago, back before I even had a blog.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the thin mattresses that come inside of Pack n Plays.  After 3 children, I surely am!  Right after I had my son, I kept one inside of my living room to put him down for naps at.  I didn’t like how thin the mattresses were, so I went out and purchased a thicker mattress for it.  But, I felt awful wasteful to just throw away the thin one that came with it.  So, I had an idea…

From Pack n Play Mattress to Foldable Play Mat!!

I decided to transform it into a foldable playmat!  Now, since I made this years ago – sadly, I don’t have step by step pictures.  But really y’all… It’s not hard to figure out at all!  I simply purchased some acrylic paint (you could also use fabric paint) and painted little roads free handed.  Then, I went back in and made some scenery – a few houses, trees, lakes, etc.  I even let my daughters help me with that!

From Pack n Play mattress to foldable play mat!


It barely took any time at all, and after it dried – my kids immediately started having a blast with it!  It’s been over 3 years now since I first painted it, and it is STILL being used – and has definitely stood up to the test of time!

From Pack n Play mattress foldable play mat!

Another great thing about this is that you can fold it up flat for easy storage!

From Pack n Play Mattress to Foldable Play Mat!!

If you don’t already have a Pack n Play mattress, and this is something you want to make – I see them cheap all the time at thrift stores, yard sales, & Craigslist.