Saturday, December 24, 2011

Photo Tile {Fun Christmas Gift AND a Video Tutorial!}

UPDATE! Here is an in-depth video tutorial on how to make these lovely photo tiles. Several of you had questions or were having problems, so I decided to share with you my version of how I make these. Hope it helps! Merry Christmas!

This idea is making it's way around Pinterest, and is obviously very popular! I know I love making these photo tiles! But when I first pinned this idea, it was from one of my older blogs that is no longer being updated. So, I wanted to put a quick post on DefrumpMe, so that I can keep the pin on Pinterest!

Here are the original instructions...

These photo tiles would make a perfect Christmas gift. I bet you could even make these for $2.50 tops. I got 6x6 tiles at Lowe's for $.84 each, the paper was $.25 for a size that would make 4 tiles worth, the mod podge was $5 (but with a coupon, you could get it for almost half that much at Hobby Lobby OR better yet, make your own!).

One bottle would do probably 12-15 tiles. Also, I bought little stands to set the tiles on and they cost $2 at JoAnn's (again, cheaper with coupon).

What you'll need to make these tiles:
  • 6x6 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. 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. 

Need more gift ideas? Check out my Christmas and Crafty Pinterest boards!

Partying here!


  1. Fun Fun!! I see a Christmas present for someone in my future.... Thanks for the details on this one - I've always liked it!

  2. These are so great!!! I must do it... :-) I really want to try the homemade Mod Podge too

  3. Well, Lauren, I'm not surprised. As she said, there's a reason mod podge is more expensive than glue. I've never tried homemade mod podge myself. Maybe I'll try it and do a review!

  4. Where do you find the stands for the frame? What are they called/what section do you did them in?

  5. I always get my stands at Hobby Lobby back in the custom framing area. JoAnn's also has them toward the back of their store (at least in Fayetteville). If you go to Hobby Lobby, don't forget to print off a 40% off coupon!

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

  6. What a great (& inexpensive!) gift idea! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's Taking A Timeout Thursday party. Hope to see you again this week :)

  7. some of my pictures are come up at the edges!!! help!!! i even tried to use less mod podge

  8. Do your photos go all the way to the edge of the tile or did you leave some space? Actually, the more mod podge the better! Don't use it sparingly. Apply mod podge to tile first, then put paper down. Then apply another layer of mod podge over the whole thing again, then stick your photo on. Then apply mod podge all over again. Make sure you are working out the bubbles each time.

  9. Also, did you make your own mod podge or buy some? The real stuff is better. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have more questions!

  10. I just attempted this cute project. It's my first time experimenting with Mod Podge too! Some trouble areas for me with this:

    - How did you get the air bubbles out from under the paper before the paper dries to the tile?

    - The Mod Podge didn't seal the bottom of my picture. Did I not apply the mod podge thick enough to get it to stick?

    Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks for sharing this idea!

  11. I just received some of these for Christmas! My sister did a set for me with pictures of my two cuties and I LOVE them!

  12. Emily,
    I just have always worked the bubbles out with my fingers...from the middle out to the edges. I've not had to much trouble with bubbles yet. I wonder if it's the type of tile or paper you used. My tiles are always rough-surfaced. Also, I've never tried mod podging thick

  13. Paper. Just regular weight scrapbook paper. The thicker, more Cardstock type might be more difficult. As to your 2nd question, you do have to apply lots of MP to make your photo stick. I think tomorrow I will update this post with a video tutorial, so stay tuned. Hope this helps!

  14. Do you use regular photo paper or do you print the picture out on plain paper?

  15. I don't print my photos on my own printer. I always get them printed at Walmart. I've heard that if you print your own photo on paper or card stock that the ink will run when you mod podge it. I have never tried it, so I can't verify that.

  16. Do you know if you have to use a matte print or will a gloss print work?

  17. Julie, either one is fine. I've always used gloss prints with mine. Good luck!