This craft turned out great and I had a few people ask me how to do it so I decided to share my success with you.
Before I get into the nitty gritty I have to confess, I am still convinced I am a non-DIYer despite the request for details on this lovely craft. Listen, I might call myself a DIYer given some more time and experience, but it’s like running your first triathlon and someone calling you a triathlete. immediately after. Uh, no! Maybe if I’ve done a ton, live and train for it daily, and have a million more planned in my future then I’ll give myself that title; but I can’t say that right now, know what I mean!
So, I’m testing stuff out especially given the season—that’s all! I’ll share my successes as I go but I’ll hold out for the title DIYer maybe a little later! End of the story!
Having said that, I had several people ask me how to do this craft once I posted a couple pictures of the results on Instagram and Facebook. And I have to admit, they really came out nice so I thought, what the heck, I’ll share what we did.
First of all, I waited for a homeschool day that was short—which happened to be yesterday. I had planned this out don’t get me wrong, meaning I already had bought the stuff I needed, but when you have little ones you need lots of help to pull off crafts less you think I’m superwoman. Someone even asked how I do “all these crafts” with so many little ones. The answer would have been found in the picture that I thought about taking, but didn’t, of the homeschool room. Trust me when I say it was D-E-S-T-R-O-Y-E-D!
Second, I need to credit this blog, Boxy Colonial, for the original tutorial which I used. I am not going to repeat what I did step by step but simply relay how it went for us as a craft you can do with your kids this Thanksgiving weekend or in the future.
Here’s what we started with. First, we had tile left in our basement from when we moved into our new home, Christmas scrapbook paper from forever, and the Modge Podge already on hand. I just grabbed the acrylic sealer and corkboard from Michael’s and then we were all set to go.
If you can employ help and make it a fun kid craft, do it! It made for a great lesson on following directions, measuring, and art. These were my personal helpers: 9, 10 and 12 years of age. Aren’t they cute and eager?
To the craft itself:
Two of the kids cut the scrapbook paper to size (a little less than the square of the tile so it didn’t hang over). For cutting, one stubborn child insisted on using scissors (not saying who) and the other used the cutting board (is that its name?), which frankly had better results.
The other child cut the corkboard roll into similar size squares, slightly less than the size of the tile.
Once the scrapbook paper was cut out I had my daughter Modge Podge the tile and lay the scrapbook paper on to glue it down.
The kids then handed me the tile to hot glue the cork to the back. This part was difficult even for me as it seemed to take two hands just to get the glue out let alone guide it corner to corner and zig-zag it everywhere.
After we applied two more Modge Podge coats on top, I just let everything sit while we cleaned up the crazy mess the toddlers made and then grabbed some lunch. During their nap we stenciled the letter of the family’s last name that we are sending them too (hopefully they don’t read this so it will still be a surprise)! Finally, I sealed them with three coats of the acrylic sealer which I sprayed outside, thankfully before today’s rain and snow.
Finally, I gathered each pile up and tied them with coordinating ribbon and tied it in a bow. Ta-da! Done! Super easy especially if you have less tiles to do and the kind of help I had to boot.
PS Those aqua blue stencils are from Martha Stewart and they totally rock as they are self-adhesive and then just peel off when you’re done. For the letter color, I was sort of over the whole ‘Let’s make it look perfect’ thing by stenciling time, so we just used a black permanent marker for the letters. It worked fine but wasn’t as fluid as I would have hoped, so in retrospect I would have used some paint. But if a marker is all you’ve got it obviously looks fine. Right?
I think they came out really nice and we can say the whole family (minus Dad) contributed on this one. The ideas on this are limitless: patriotic paper for a military retirement, religious themed, quotes for birthdays. You could even display them instead of using them as coasters. Quite frankly, I keep toying with semi-permanent ways to put these in a tile pattern in my buffet area using some sort of tape. What about using 4 put together as food trivets during the holidays!
Have fun coming up with your own unique designs and uses! And have fun doing these with your kids!