First, you need to go to Home Depot, Lowes, or something like it. Go to the tile section. Buy single tiles – or a whole box, if you want that many.
(FYI, I found that Lowes prices on tiles were cheaper than Home Depot. Not sure if it was a fluke, but the cheapest tile I could find at Home Depot was $0.50-ish, and the cheapest at Lowes was $0.40.)
I like the stone tiles, because they have texture. Texture is good.
So pick out your tiles in the sizes you want. (You can even get small ones to make magnets with … as you’ll see!)
- Mod Podge
- Printed photos resized to the size of your tile
- Sanding block or sandpaper (optional)
Now, you’ll want to choose photos that work well if you crop them into a square. So on your computer, pull up your photo editor (whatever you have is just fine – Picasa, Photoshop, Gimp). Crop it into a square, and then resize it to the size of your tile.
That’s right, you need to measure your tile.
So in your photo editor, when you go to resize it, choose the “size” by inches. For mine, you can see it’s just under 4 inches. I resized my photos for these tiles to exactly 4 inches (square). I always go a little over on purpose, because I’m like a monkey when it comes to cutting straight.
If you make the image just a little too large, simply sand it down so it’s even with the square.
Now you have printed pictures the size of your tiles.
Cut them out.
Don’t worry about cutting straight or messing up. All will come out in the wash.
Now flip the photo over and give it a healthy coating of Mod Podge and cover the entire backside.
Coat it evenly throughout the back of the paper – but don’t take too long or the Mod Podge will start to dry.
Once the back is coated, flip it over and place it onto your tile.
Gently rub the paper over the tile until it’s positioned just right.
Then take a straight, heavy object (like another tile or a book) and press down and pull the heavy object across the tile/picture. You are getting rid of air bubbles now.
Always pull in one way, or you’ll just reposition the air bubbles all over the picture
Now you want to get rid of the excess paper around the edges (unless you want to fold them down, Mod Podge them, and have your picture extend down the edges, which is fine by me).
I like to use sandpaper or a little sanding block, but you could also flip over the picture tile and use a straight-edge razor blade to just shear off the extra paper.
Just take your sandy device, if you’re using one, and run it firmly, in quick motions, across the edge of the picture.
For some reason, I really wanted you guys to see this step.
You’re almost done!
Go go go!
Now you just brush Mod Podge all over the front and across the sides to seal everything down and in.
This is the artistic part. Because your ink is probably going to run just a teeny tiny bit, it will give the appearance of a painting. So use creativity when you’re brushing on the Mod Podge.
I like to give little half-swirl strokes, which just enhances the painting-like feel of the finished product.
Now let it dry for an hour or two. If you can wait.
We (my niece and I) could not. Within 20 minutes of finishing our first and second batches of picture tiles, they were on my niece’s walls.
And that’s it. That is all there is to it.