Good morning friends!
I hope 2018 is going well for you all so far. Ceramic tiles are easy to work with, can be found in a variety of colors, designs, and sizes. Tiles can be found at thrift stores, Habitat stores, and on Craigslist for very little cash. You probably have a stack in your garage or maybe over at the neighbors.
I have had several stacks of tile sitting around the house for years. Yikes, did I say years? I put in tile around and under the wood stove, and have had plans of tiling the bathrooms. I found some great ideas for crafting with tiles on Pinterest. My current stock includes 6″ X 6″ and 12″ X 12″ sizes. So far I have only used the smaller size.
Depending on what type of project you want to try, you will need some supplies. For example, spray paint, Modge Podge, craft paper, photographs, vinyl, polyurethane, cork or felt for backings, easels for display, hardware/hangers, and/or a cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo or Circuit. You can make coasters, wall hangings, table-top decor, address tiles, etc.
My projects have been relatively easy so far. I created this monogram type display for my friend Dani’s wedding gift. I chose the split monogram design from the Silhouette Design store; “split flourish damask.studio” by Kolette Hall. I did use my Silhouette Cameo 2/Silhouette Studio software to put this design together with a font from my computer. I thought that the damask design had enough frills that the name should be plain and easy to read.
First, I painted the tile with Krylon Satin White spray paint. I let this dry overnight.
In the meantime, I cut out the design on my Cameo. There are plenty of tutorials out there that teach how to use the cutting machines. I am more than willing to answer questions if you have them. Using transfer tape, I placed the vinyl design of the monogram onto the tile first making sure to center the design. I burnished it with the scraper tool and my finger. This particular tile was porous so it took a bit more burnishing to get it to stick.
Next, I added my vinyl text. Finally, I covered the front of the tile with a coat of Modge Podge. Once it was all dry, I placed it on an easel from the Dollar Store. The cost of the project was minimal but it will last a long time and bring joy to Dani and Ben every time they think about their wedding. Cool eh!
The second tile project I did was this cute display for my craft room.
Once again, I painted the tile first. Cut out my designs on the Cameo, and placed them on the tile individually. I added a coat of Modge Podge for durability and shine. If you don’t have a Cameo or Circuit you can cut out your designs from clip art that you’ve printed from your computer. Or use some pretty scrapbook paper. Use your imagination! Pinterest is great for ideas and inspiration. If you have questions just drop me an email. Have a great week.
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