I did have some tile magnets on my fridge that could be much cuter, and there I had it! Want to make your own? Here’s how:
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush or sponge
- Picture printed off a laser jet printer, or a photo copy of a picture, cut to size
- Tile, or wood or canvas
- Spray bottle or squirt gun, or something that can spray small amounts of water
1. Print out or get a photo copy of your picture. Cut to just larger than your tile or wood. 2. Coat the picture with Mod Podge and lay face down on the tile. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, make sure you get all of the air bubbles out. 3. Let dry; thoroughly. Learn from me, it’s worth it to wait even though you’re so excited to see how it will turn out. If it’s hot outside, set your tile in the sun and you’ll only have to wait an hour or two. Or, let it dry over night.
4. Spray the paper with little amounts of water and GENTLY start rubbing the paper off. This is a slow process, but you can’t rush it and you shouldn’t use your nails. Using the pads of your fingers rub the layers of paper away.
If the picture starts tearing, stop and let it dry. Mine was most likely to tear on the corners, so I worked from the center out. Even then, none of the corners stayed perfect. It gives it an aging look right? :)
Once dry, moisten your finger and start rubbing any remaining paper off. If you don’t get all the paper fibers off, your image will look ghostly. 5. If desired, once the paper is off and the image is dry, sand the edges a little.
6. Finally, seal your image with Mod Podge and let dry. My tile of C has white fabric Mod Podged on first, then the image was Mod Podged on, and dried. If you choose this route, the image will be less fragile, and it still looks great if the fabric matches your tile. Follow steps 2-5 after the fabric has dried onto the tile.
This magnet had paper already Mod Podged on it, and I just layered this picture on top for sake of time and sanity, which is why it has a terraced look. Yes, that’s one of our engagement pictures…isn’t my husband so handsome?!
I would love to hear what else photos can be transferred to with Mod Podge! Sometimes it takes someone else’s eyes to see the potential of ordinary things.
For more photo transfers with Mod Podge, check out Mod Podge Rocks, Still Alive, Sabby In Suburbia, and The Feminist Housewife. These wonderful ladies were my inspiration!