Friday, July 4, 2014

Photo Tiles

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I'm always looking for new ways to display photos around the house. Therefore, this is a DIY project I wanted to try for a long time now. I've put it off for a while due to the work with resin, thinking it would be difficult. I'm glad to say I was wrong! These photo tiles are an easy project and, if you ask me, make an awesome birthday gift.

Here's what you need:
  • resin
  • photos
  • tiles (10x10cm or 4x4inch)
  • glue
  • felt pads

Step 1: Cut out your photos so they fit perfectly on one of those tiles

Step 2: Glue the photo onto the tile. 

Step 3: Mix the resin with the hardener. It's important to follow the instructions on the packaging perfectly, so the ratio resin - hardener is just right. Pour a little of the mixture on each of the tiles and spread it out so it's all covered. I used chopsticks to do this and that worked great. You could also use popsicle sticks. 
TIP: I suggest you go outside once you start with the resin. The smell is very strong the first few hours. 

Step 4: Let it dry! It'll easily need up to 72 hours to harden up completely. I put them all in a box and then covered that box with a towel, so they could dry without any dust falling on them. Make sure to check on them a few times the first hour(s), it's possible that little bubbles start forming in the resin. You can easily pop them, so no worries.


Step 5: Mount pieces of the felt pads on the back of the tile once dry. That way they can slide on surfaces without scratching. 


And you're done! Wasn't so hard was it? Now you've got the perfect gift. I made these photo tiles for my mom, my grandmother and a good friend all in one go. Planning ahead ;)



As you can see on the photo in step 3, I also experimented with other materials, like a small brick. Worked great as well! 

In the original project, people used these tiles as coasters. I soon saw that that wouldn't be such a good idea. The resin is hard and glass-like, but looks like it'd break or crack easily. Putting glasses on them will ruin your beautiful gift, if you ask me. So I just use them as decorations around the house.

So what do you think? If you've used this tutorial to make the photo tiles, please let me know! Can't wait to see your results :)

Love, Laetitia


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  1. This is such a good idea, I've seen something similar with photo transfer before but I think I like this technique better. You may have just given me an idea for grandparent gifts from my little boy.

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    1. So great to hear that! If you decide to make them, please let us know how they turned out. Good luck! - Lily

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