Sunday, May 08, 2011

Easy Peasy Craft

Mother's Day.
Next to Father's Day, its brain wracking for me when it comes to gift ideas.
This past Christmas, I made one of these for my aunt, using my nephew's photo (ok, not really my nephew. technically, my cousin's baby. but anyway...), so I fell back on the same idea for my husband's mom.
The idea came from somewhere on the internets. I don't know where, sorry. I am sure its all over the place, really.  My friend, Alyson, brought this up before Christmas, so I ran with it at that time.
What you need:
Photo (I used an 8x10)
Flat ceramic tile (I used a 6x6. 56cents from HoDe)
Matte Mod Podge
Sponge brush
xacto knife or paper cutter

Trim the photo down to the size you want.
I cut mine down so about a mm of tile showed on each edge.
I also bought a 12x12 tile and could have had hubs cut it down to an 8x8 or 10x10 (HoDe and Lowes will do this, too), but I ran out of time to have an 11x14 printed.
Apply a thin coat of Mod-Podge to the tile and adhere the photo to the tile, making sure you press out all air bubbles.
Let dry for an hour, then apply your first coat of Mod Podge.
I put a big glob in the middle and then brushed it over the photo, and then evened it out using even strokes, one after another, one way, not stopping mid-stroke, until the end.

 {wet after the first coat}
Let that dry for an hour, and then apply a second coat, but going the other way (ie: my first application was horizontal, so my second was vertical)

After the 2nd coat dries, it'll look like this.

{view from an angle. kinda looks like a photo w/ a linen type texture}

Then just get a photo stand from Michael's (or JoAnn or Hobb Lobb or what have you) and voila! Done. A gift for around $5.

Happy Mother's Day!!!


melody-mae said...

this is a very cute idea!! I might have to do this one next for my daughters...I made a pretty easy one for the two of them for Mother's Day. I will be posting it tomorrow. :)

Hope you had a wonderful, blessed day!

Eisley Rae Clothing said...

Cute! Thanks for linking to my blog. ;) Those tiles are the best gifts for anyone. Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

Trish said...

Love it and it looks easy enough for me! ;)