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Saturday, August 1, 2009

{photo tiles/coasters}






I am always on the lookout for fun ideas that will display pictures of my children. I was super excited about this one, and really love how they turned out. They are easy-peasy (you'll be surprised at how simple!), totally inexpensive, and a great gift idea.

ITEMS YOU'LL NEED:

-your choice of 4x4 tile or stone (I used a crumbly stone)
-Mod Podge, brush
-Matte presentation paper for photos
-felt pads, 4 per tile

DIRECTIONS:

-Decide which photos you would like to use, edit, and crop them. Consider what kind of tile you are using, and the look you are going for when deciding which photo effect to use. I went with the sepia tone, because I wanted it to match the stone I was using, and have more of a vintage feel.
-Print them out on the presentation paper. You can use regular photos if you choose, but using the the thinner paper makes it look like it's more a part of the tile.
-Cut the photos to fit the tile; depending on the picture, you may need or want more or less of a tile border. Some of my pics took up the whole space, and others didn't.
-Using your foam brush, apply the Mod Podge to directly on the tile.
-Carefully place your photo so it is centered on the tile.
-LET THE MOD PODGE COMPLETELY DRY before adding the top coat. If you don't, the photo paper will crease and wrinkle immediately. Once it's dried, then apply a light top coat. Don't be alarmed, the Mod Podge will cause it to slightly change colors.
-Apply felt pads to bottom four corners of the tile.
-Groups of 3 or 5 work really well for displaying, as well as for gifts.
-If you want to use these as coasters, you will need to use a protective finishing spray to seal out the water/moisture.

9 Comments:

Blogger Outofmymind said...

I LOVE all the ideas you post. Thanx for sharing your talents.

August 3, 2009 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger The Constant Gardener said...

Can you get photos printed on presentation paper somewhere? My printer prints cruddy photos. I love these!!

August 3, 2009 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger sweetpea said...

The Constant Gardner--I don't see why you couldn't. There are a lot of uses for this paper (realtors, etc.), and I think most printing companies would offer those services. I bought the paper at Staples, which offers copy services, so that would be a place to start. Officemax, Kinko's, and other local printing companies would be worth a try as well.

August 4, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Jedda said...

Oh what a fun project! You are a girl after my own heart :) I love the title of your blog and being inspired by your fun ideas!

August 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

I just discovered your blog. It is fantastic! what is presentation paper? I have never heard of it? The tiles are so cute! I want to make some for christmas gifts this year!

October 22, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

What kind of spray protectant do you use on top of the coasters? I'd love to make these as a mother's day gift.

March 1, 2010 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger MiMi said...

Those are so lovely. I like them I am thinking of printing my own photos then making like those such as your design. Would you want a discounted photo paper?

January 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Paint It Pretty said...

Hello, I just shared your idea on my facebook page..with your blog address. Such a cute idea! Thank you! I just started a blog also "paint it pretty"

November 8, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Alicia Rose said...

I have seen some comments that coating these with mod podge, the water will eventually get through and mess them us. Have you had any problems with that?

November 29, 2011 at 5:59 PM  

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