How to Create Decorative Tiles for Decoration & Coasters

by Emily McLemore


  • Plain tiles. Unglazed preferred
  • Archival Brillance pigment inks
  • Stamps
  • Foil
  • Spray gloss sealer
  • Adhesive backed felt circles
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Lay out your tiles. Unglazed tiles are easier to work with and I love how the tumbled ones look, but these plain white glazed tiles were super cheap, so I made them work. Make sure they are clean.

    Step 2

    For your supplies, you will want a variety of pigment inks. I used scrapbook inks. I also used a scrapbooking/card making stamp. If you don't have this, you could free hand drawings or use a stencil.

    Step 3

    Stamp your image onto the tile. I overplayed the colors on purpose to get some color mixing and shading. Be careful because the inks will smear very easily at this point!

    Step 4

    Rub gold or silver around the edges of the tiles and place on a foil lined baking sheet.

    Step 5

    This step is optional. I do it, but its because I am impatient to let it dry on its own. So I bake the tiles in the oven at 325 for about 15 minutes. If you don't want to bake yours, just let them dry

    Step 6

    Once completely dry (or cool in my case) set the tiles out and spray with a sealer. I like Krylon's Clear Sealer. You can choose satin or gloss finish. I choose glossy for these tiles.

    Step 7

    Make sure you allow time to spray on three light coats of sealer.

    Step 8

    When the sealer is dry, flip over the tile and press on felt feet in each corner. Sorry, no picture of this step!

    Step 9

    After the sealer was dry, I took one of each of the four different tiles and stacked them up and tied a bow.

    Step 10