Saturday, September 10, 2011

Gift Ideas for Grandparents

This Sunday is Grandparents Day, so I'd like to quickly show a couple craft ideas that are fun, easy and super cute! Cheap too!

First, this adorable hand-print card will be fun for the kids to help make. Follow the link to see how to make it.

Second, these photo tiles are all over the web. They're so pretty and really easy to make! They would make a perfect gift! These are the ones I made last Christmas. I'd like to make one for each set of Grandparents today.

Here's a list of what you'll need to make these tiles:
  • Small tile from Lowe's or Home Depot (these cost under a $1)
  • Scrapbook paper of your choice
  • Decorative-edged scissors (optional)
  • 4x6 photo (you will have to cut it down some to fit on the tile)
  • Mod podge (you can get from any craft store...I used a coupon to get mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam brush to apply mod podge
  • Photo stand (also from craft store)
  • Ribbon (if you want to tie a bow around it)

Steps to make your tile:
  1. Cut down your scrapbook paper to fit the top of the tile. I always cut my paper slightly smaller than the tile, so a bit of the tile will show all the way around the edges. You can use two different pieces of paper if you want (see my black and white photo tile above). You can also cut the edges with decorative scissors if you'd like. Makes a nice touch. 
  2. Apply mod podge to the top surface of the tile all over with the foam brush (not too thick).
  3. Center the scrapbook paper on the tile and press down, being sure to get all the bubbles out.
  4. Apply another layer of mod podge to the top of the scrapbook paper in even brush strokes.
  5. Center photo on top of paper (you will probably have to cut your photo down to fit).
  6. Do one final layer of mod podge over the entire tile, including the photo, in even brush strokes.
  7. Let mod podge dry (might take 15-20 minutes).
  8. Add any embellishments you want (a small fabric flower hot glued on would be cute).
  9. Wrap with a pretty ribbon and place on stand!

  • Try to purchase a tile that is a little rough rather than smooth. It helps everything adhere better.
  • Mod podge dries quickly, so have everything pre-cut and ready to go.
  • Don't wait for mod podge to dry between steps 2-6.
  • Mod podge will dry clear. 
  • Make sure your photo is not printed from a home printer. They don't work as well. 

1 comment:

  1. Aaron can't wait for me to try this tile idea :-) Thanks for the detailed instructions!