DIY tutorial… Make a Photo to Tile Transfer! Woo Hoo!
This is one of the coolest DIY projects around. It takes a bit of time but the payoff is so worth it. This would make a fabulous gift and an amazing home decor accent! I’m totally excited to make a couple for my house. As always Michelle really knows her stuff and we both share a true love for Modg Podge! Take it away Michelle…
If you are looking for a weekend project and have pictures you don’t know what to do with, this project is for you! I was itching to use some Mod Podge (I love the stuff) so I set out to do a photo transfer to some tiles that I already had laying around. I was very interested to see how this would turn out, seeing as I had never done this before. Let me warn you of two things before you start this project: first of all, do not expect to have this project done in a couple of hours, as I said this is a weekend project which takes patience and time; secondly, you must like the weathered look, your photos will not perfectly transfer to your tile. Now that that is out of the way let’s begin with the project.
- Four 4×4 tiles (ceramic)
- Mod Podge
- Spray b
- Photo printed full page from inkjet printer
Lay the four tiles touching each other so that they create one square. Trim your picture so that it fits well over the four tiles. With your paintbrush, brush a thin layer of Modpodge over the front of your picture and carefully lay your picture face down centered on the four tiles.
Smooth out any air bubbles with a rag. Now let it dry. I suggest letting it dry overnight. Since patience is not my strong suit, I started this project at night and went to bed so I would not be tempted to start the next step before it was ready!
Once it is good and dry, with the spray bottle, spray a good amount of water over the whole picture. You will begin to see your photo show through.
This is the part where patience and a weekend are needed. Using your rag begin gently wiping away the paper. Be very gentle or you may tear your photo more than you want to. As mentioned earlier, the photo will tear in some places, but you don’t want to overdo it, so be careful!
Once you are done wiping away all that paper, go get something to eat and let it dry. You most likely did not get all the paper off, you will see as the photo dries it begins to look white again. This just means you need to persevere and keep spraying and wiping that paper away. After a few layers, I began rubbing with the pads of my fingers, you might find this easier than using the rag.
Once you finally have all of the white paper off, your picture will dry and lo and behold you will be able to see your photo and not all the white paper! Your hard work has paid off! Pull apart your four tiles, or use the blade of scissors to gently cut the photo at the “seams” of the tiles. The last step is to simply seal it when a layer of modpodge. Let it dry for at least 30 minutes.
This project took a good bit of effort, but I really like the way it turned out. It isn’t like any other photo I have in my home; the “imperfectness” of it gives it character. I also like the brokenness of the four single tiles making up one picture, this, again, makes it just that more interesting! I hope you decide to give this a try when you get a free weekend!
To display my tiles, I simply cut a square of foam board the same size as all four tiles pieced together. I used tile adhesive to glue the tiles onto the board. After letting it dry, I displayed it on a photo easel and then found the perfect place for this in my home.
Be sure to check out all of Michelle’s awesome DIY projects!
Do you love Modg Podge too? What’s your favorite way to use it?