February 4, 2011

DIY Custom Tiles

Have you seen those cute little tiles around with vinyl lettering?
Why not make your own?
A super cheap and easy way to add some flair to your home, office, trade show booth....  an "arts and crafts" project, gift, you name it! This one cost me $1.35.

Go to your local Home Depot, Lowes, or flooring store-- grab any size porcelain tile (the smoothest works best). There are all sorts of sizes- 12x12, 16x16, 6x6, 4x4...  I chose a 6x6.
It was .65¢ at Lowes.
Being Valentines this month- I used a collab kit from Biograffiti and Deena Rutter called "Whole Lotta Love" and created a 6x6 digital square design. (you could make this with a bold design, monthly calendar, family photo, etc.)
So easy! Once I had all of my supplies together, it took about 3 minutes from start to finish.

For demonstration purposes, we printed one 6x6 copy on a top of the line "ink jet" machine with store bought "photo paper". Look at what happens with the red ink...
We hope that by now, you do realize that when we say we use "photographic paper"- it is not this kind of photo paper!
Ink isn't waterproof, smudge, and smear proof!

We use a chemical and light process that embeds your sRGB color profile image into silver halide photographic paper - no ink.
Apply a thick amount of Mod Podge on the bottom of your PERSNICKETY print, and a thin layer on top.
Wait until dry.


I think it turned out beautiful!
I had the Mod Podge & brush on hand. Purchased the tile and print.
Total Cost: $1.35

(another reason why I love digital! You can purchase a digital kit ONCE and use it over and over! I could make 30 of these for gifts, with the same kit! mmm... love you digital!)



  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [05 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Quick note to let you know that I am going to share this on AussieBearScraps today!
    Thank you for sharing! xoxo

  3. Make one and send it to me! Beautiful! And such a good gift idea. My daughter wants to give something to her school teacher for Valentine's. This would be perfect!

  4. I love this. My printer is not capable of doing this. I am wondering what would be the best printer to get or what you use. If you can let me know I would appreciate it. Thanks.

  5. Wen, we are a printing company, and we don't use ink.

    You can order any size from us, this particular project, I printed a 6x6 print to cover the 6x6 tile.


  6. this would be wonderful on an 8inch tile! Got to go look at the 8 inch prints I got from you guys at Christmas and see what might make a nice gift!

  7. I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good. This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information

  8. I'm going to share this article on my biz site.

  9. You could use old Valentine cards(even vintage ones would be fun,) cut the fun parts out, and Modge Podge them as well. Gave myself a good idea!! :)