Make it Yourself: Tile Wall Art
Between my boyfriend and I, usually it’s me who is the more craft-inclined partner. Kevin dabbles in photography (and he’s really quite good, as you’ll see), but I’m the one constantly making. So I was surprised when he sent me a link to a craft project he wanted to make: Tile wall art, wherein you mount printed photos on basic tiles and hang them on the wall. Kevin wanted to turn some of his firework photos into wall art — and he needed some help with the Mod Podge, so I agreed to help.
We made four of these cool cats for under $10, and the beauty is they’re so customizable! You can find cheap tiles in just about any size (we spent about $0.60 each on them).
What you’ll need:
- Tiles of your choice (ours were about 6 x 6 inches and had a slightly rough, rocky texture to help the Mod Podge stick. We also wanted some of the rocky texture to show through the paper. We got them at Home Depot.)
- Photos printed on absorbant paper (Just remember that you’ll need to Mod Podge over the print, so glossy might not be the best option. We used regular printer paper.)
- Mod Podge
- Paint brushes
- Optional: sand paper and wall-mounting materials.
Choose which photos to use and crop them to a size just larger than your tiles. You’ll want a little overhang so there’s no tile showing through the image. Print and cut it out, then turn your photo over and paint the back with Mod Podge.
Carefully place the image on the tile with some overhang around each edge.
Smooth the image on and try to remove as many air bubbles as possible by smoothing out from the center. Do this carefully so as not to tear or smear your image. You may even want to use another tile to help get rid of the bubbles.
Let the tiles dry a little. We waited about 30 minutes before starting the next step.
Take a sharp blade and cut off the excess paper. Place the tile face down so you get a clean cut.
Bam. Look at that edge. You can also lightly sand it to remove any extra paper.
Now Mod Podge the top of your photo to seal it. The Mod Podge may make the ink bleed slightly, but you can be artistic about it if you paint in the direction of your print. Just note that you may be able to see brush strokes once it’s done.
Let it dry, then hang from the wall! (We used Command strips.) You can also get a small stand to display it on a mantle or desk. And there you have it. Cheap, easy, personal art.