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How To Make Classic Wood Tiles!!

You can literally make any tile you want with an easy to do image transfer.
Time: 1 Days Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
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First you'll need to print out your tiles on regular printer paper using a "laser printer." You can find pictures of tiles on Pinterest or with a Google search. You can also take pictures of tiles and print them out that way. You'll need to reverse all images before printing them out so they transfer correctly. It doesn't matter with most of these tiles, but it's best to get in the habit of doing it.
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You'll also need wood and wood glue. 

I live in Japan, so I can't recommend a wood glue, but any wood glue will work. 

You'll need to sand the surface of the wood you transfer onto very well. It should be INCREDIBLY smooth! Like Teddy Pendergrass smooth! The image will need full contact with the wood to transfer correctly. Any type of wood can be used just as long as the surface is smooth.
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This was the first attempt at an image transfer using wood glue.

First, press the image against the wood to make creases so you'll know exactly where to rub on the glue. It also makes it easier to apply the image.

*Remeber to reverse all images before printing.
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You want to use just enough glue to cover the wood.

Too much glue will ruin the transfer.

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The glue should look like this. The ink from the image will transfer to the glue.

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Gently smooth the image out with a kitchen sponge. The image shouldn't move around on the wood. If it does, you used too much. You also used too much if it is coming out from the sides.
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Let the image dry to the glue for at least 24 hours.

When it is dry, dampen that kitchen sponge and gently rub the paper making it a little wet.
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The paper will start to rub away from the image like this. Take your time using your fingers. The image is transferred, but can still be scratched off if you're too rough.
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That's it! That's how you do it!

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You can stain the wood with a water based stain before transferring your image.

These are what the tiles looked like before a clear protective top coat.

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These tiles have a matte clear top coat on them.

Here are two good links about copyright protection and using famous quotes on crafts you don't intend to sell.


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A light sanding is a great way to distress your image.
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A top coat will protect and waterproof your image. It will also make the color pop.

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Materials I used for this project:

  • Wood
  • Wood glue
  • Printer paper
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