There are many ways to ways to use and repurpose ceramic and glass tiles to create something unique. This guide contains crafts using tiles.
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When using Mod Podge to seal your photo tiles and you want to avoid brushstrokes, take a piece of sponge and stipple it on top. You could also use a clear spray lacquer instead.
I have covered the back of a tile with white duct tape. I made a frame of duct tape too around the tile. I then put stencils on it, with a purple ink pen.
I am going to give it to my daughter with a set of brushes and acrylic paints, so that she can maybe start enjoying painting.
You don't have to use a tile. You can get canvas and trace stencils on it, or you can use watercolor paper and give them watercolors (watercolor is harder than it looks).
I am thinking she would enjoy this. I have put a picture of the gift as she will receive it. Blessings.
By Robyn from Tri-Cities, TN
Trivets or small hot pads made from tiles.
Approximate Time: 5 minutes
There are so many tiles out there now you can match any decor. This is also usually much cheaper than buying trivets or hotpads.
The first picture is my hotpad made out of a slate tile. This is the underside of the slate tile that has the pads glued on them. The second is the top side.
By Susan from Mulberry, FL
This is a guide about making recycled tile bookends. Using either new or leftover wall tiles, you can make a cute and inexpensive set of bookends.
This guide is about painted tile crafts. A personalized, unique message or picture can be painted on a tile.
For an unusual looking planter, take 5 bathroom or floor tiles and glue together with epoxy (4 sides and 1 bottom).
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Here are questions related to Crafts Using Tiles.
I belong to a Red Hat Society and I would like to make photo tiles 4x4 for each member with their photo. Any idea on how to do this?
Johnnetta from Clayton, NJ
By Vanessa (Guest Post) 01/05/2009 Flag
Hi, I just did this for my family for Christmas. There are 2 ways. A friend of mine used card stock, and regular modge podge. A layer underneath and a layer on top. The lines were very obvious from the brush, so she made designs with the brush, waves, diagonal lines, etc. I think she put a layer on top too. She also tore the edges of the card stock and printed in b+w to give it an antique look.
I used photo paper, and hard coat modge podge. My lines were also obvious, but not as obvious as hers. I also made designs with my brush to make it look intentional. After I adhered my photos to the tiles, I gently sanded the edges of the photo (with a fine grit sanding sponge) for a distressed look. I also printed in b+w. I cut the photos to almost the edge of the tiles before I glued them down. My friend left a little over 1/4 inch border around her photo. Don't forget the little felt pads underneath the tile if you intend on them for coasters. Good Luck.
I have one lonely 12x12 ceramic tile that I found the other day. It's beautiful and I don't want to throw it out. Does anyone have any ideas for a craft that I could use to display this beautiful tile with that doesn't require a lot of other items?
I thought about making a notepad holder somehow by adding a small pad and pen but I've run out of ideas. I'd like to make something with it and have it on my counter.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Yvonne from Ontario
By Gloria (Guest Post) 02/26/2009 Flag
Why not try decopaguing some kitchen artwork on it and using it as a trivet for setting hot pots on?
Here are some crafty ideas for using leftover ceramic tiles. Post your own below.
By Suzi Homemaker
By BJ, Ky
By Sandy in Vermont
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We have found what you're looking for at Hobby Lobby. It comes in different widths.
I have square, clear glass tiles with etched/frosted Celtic circles. The glass is not thick. I would love to do art project with them. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Marie from NYC
By Elaine (Guest Post) 10/19/2008 Flag
Make a gazing ball. See if the bowling alley will give you an old ball. Clean it off with alcohol to make sure it is very clean. You can then prime if you wish with Zinzer 123 primer or you can leave it be ....depends on what you want to show underneath. For instance, if you have mostly blue tiles, a blue ball would look good. The apply the tiles with silicone clear window and door caulk. I have used GE brand. When you apply the tiles, sit it on top of a metal coffee can or something similar so that you have a base for it while applying the tiles. I would say to do about 1/2 your ball one day, let sit and then do the other side. I have used the glass 1/2 balls and they look great when done. I would think the glass tiles would be even prettier.
I would like to hand paint ceramic tiles to give as gifts and am looking for blank ceramic tiles to purchase. Can you help me? I would appreciate it. Thanks.
By Colleen C