Making Photo Tiles

March 17, 2015

Photo Tiles without brushstrokes.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.


You won't be able to tell there is any finish on the items in the photos. The smaller 2x2 tiles have a magnet adhered on the back. The first small tile was used as a party favor for a 100th birthday, and everyone loved them! One of the tiles is a photo taken in the rain, that is not Mod Podge brush strokes. The larger is 5 x 7 photo that I mod podged to canvas and then stippled Mod Podge over the photo.

100th Birthday Magnet
Preventing Brushstrokes on Photo Tiles
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December 1, 2006

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)
January 5, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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April 8, 2013

I have a tile with a photo printed on it. I want to give it as a gift. Is there a simple way in which I can present it without putting it in a frame? Please give suggestions.



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April 9, 20130 found this helpful

We have some tiles with hand prints on them that we put on little stands. I believe they are plate stands. See the attached image. Might be a nice alternative to framing.

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September 22, 2011

Where do you find the instructions for putting photos on tile and for making the 4X4 coasters? What type of glue and top coat and so forth? This sounds like something I would enjoy.

By Naomi P


September 28, 20110 found this helpful

This might help. I just googled "How do I put photos on tile?" and this Instructables page came up. Good luck!

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June 4, 2013

There are many ways to ways to use and repurpose ceramic and glass tiles to create something unique. This page contains crafts using tiles.

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