DIY Tile House Number Decor

9 Materials
2 Hours
What do you do when you find a stack of tiles in your garden shed? You repurpose them, of course! That's exactly what I did with three of the tiles that I found, and finally created the perfect front door decor that I had been looking for.
After putting it off for way too long, we finally spent Labor Day organizing our garden shed and shop after our move this past spring. Under the boxes and piles of stuff that we had just packed into the two buildings, I found a few treasures that were perfect for a few repurposing projects like a stack of new tiles, left behind by the previous owners.
The tiles were just the thing I needed to finally get the ball rolling on a project I had been thinking about for a few weeks: a unique way to display our house number - right on the front door. So I grabbed three tiles, a few more supplies, and got busy.
While I love wreaths, and had even considered hanging one on our door, I wanted something a little different. I love the idea of displaying our house number too, so I knew I wanted to do something that would make it easy to add the numbers and still look pretty. Along with the tiles I used a set of wooden numbers, a floral foam block, and a pretty metal decor piece that was 50% off at Hobby Lobby.
I started by painting the numbers. Because I plan to change the floral elements with each season, I decided to paint them to match the front door. The color worked exceptionally well for fall - and will for the the Christmas season too!
Next, I glued them to the tiles using gorilla glue. I've mentioned before how much I love this stuff. I know there's a foaming type - and that is NOT what I use. This formulation is smooth and easy to work with - just like a basic craft glue.
I've also mentioned before that I'm a Time-Crunched Creative. This project is perfect for a "little here - little there" time investment. Each step takes only a few minutes, then you can do other things while the glue dries.
After the tiles were dry, I glued them to the front of the metal hanger and let them dry, then turned it over and glued the foam block to the back. I also added a piece of white card stock to the front of the foam block to match the tiles.
I totally forgot to take pictures of adding the flowers, but I found three floral pics and 2 sprays of berries and leaves at Hobby Lobby (which were, of course, 40% off). I pushed the floral pics into the top above the tiles and after cutting the sprays into individual pieces, added them behind the flowers and around the edges. My absolute favorite thing about this project is that I can replace the fall flowers. leaves, and berries with Christmas decor after Thanksgiving. And after a few seasons when the foam block gets too worn, I can just take it off and replace it with a new one. Did you notice the hanging holes in the metal decor piece?
Perfect for running a coordinating ribbon through to hang. I added a few felt furniture pads to the back of the foam block for balance and to keep it from banging against the glass, and it was finished!
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Suggested materials:
  • 3 - 4" white tiles   (craft supply)
  • 3.75" wooden numbers   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam floral block   (Hobby Lobby)
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  • Eileen Wilson-Koops Eileen Wilson-Koops on Nov 03, 2017
    Love this idea but can’t figure out where you put the white card stock on the front. I only see 3 white tiles???

  • Sandra Maddox Sandra Maddox on Nov 03, 2017
    Did you seal the tile? If not, it will absorb moisture and crumble because ceramic tile is porous. Porcelain tile is very dense and can be used without sealing. I have worked with tile for 25 years.

  • Bonita Johnson Bonita Johnson on Nov 13, 2017
    How did you get the floral arrangement to stay

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