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Painted Inspirational Quote Tiles

Frugal Crafts and Homemade Gifts (featured column)
Submitted by Jill Badrick  

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These tiles make great birthday, graduation, Christmas or Mother's Day gifts. I always give a coin easel in addition to the tile as a gift so that the tile can be displayed. Otherwise you could attach a loop of ribbon to the back of the tile with hot glue to hang the tile from a nail.

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Items needed:

Ceramic tile (4" square or hexagonal works well)
Paint (acrylic or enamel)
Paint brushes
Sharpies (ultra-fine tip) or gel pens
Coin easel
Scrapbooking/Craft book for sayings and design ideas
Embellishments (i.e. stickers or jewels)
Tissue or tracing paper


If the tile has a glossy finish, it is necessary to make the surface more rough in order for the writing and design to stick. One way to do this is to sponge paint the tile using acrylic paint before tracing a design onto the tile.

After roughening the tile, trace a design and/or saying from the scrapbooking book onto tracing paper or white tissue paper.

If the size of the design needs to be modified, you can use a copy machine to adjust the size.

Using the Sharpie or a pen that will soak through the tissue paper, trace the design onto the tile.  The design should be faintly visible on the tile after removing the tissue paper.

Re-trace the design and/or writing using your preferred color of Sharpie pen (be careful at this step because some pens will smear easily)

Use paint, pens, or markers to finish your design.

If you make any mistakes when tracing your design or decorating your tile, you can use fingernail polish remover to remove all the paint and writing from the tile and start completely over.

Before attaching any embellishments (i.e. stickers or jewels), you may want to use a sealant that can be sprayed on the tile to avoid smearing of the paint and markers.

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Examples of good sayings:

"We create our tomorrows by what we dream today."

"Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions."

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."

"Never say the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."

"Every great achievement was once considered impossible."

"Stand for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone."

"God couldn't be everywhere so he created Mothers."

"Don't dream it, be it..."

"2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever."

Search for more sayings to add from our Inspirational Quotes page.

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