I find that no matter the year, I’m always scrambling for last-minute holiday gifts for family.
Every year we love to give our family homemade ornaments for the tree–preferably ornaments with our crazy kids’ mugs on them.
It’s so much fun every year to unwrap ornaments as we’re decorating the tree and to find photos of our kids when they were younger.
A few years back, however, we thought we’d be tricky and trade the ornies in for tiles.
And they came out really, really cute.
We made sets of coasters for grandparents and tiles for the aunts and uncles.
Honestly, they were the easiest gifts to make, and Maddy, Owen, and Cora loved doing them.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Super-Easy, Homemade Photo Tiles:
When I say, ‘easy’, I mean easy.
These tiles took a bit of time to dry, but that was the most time-consuming part.
To make them, you’ll need:
- tiles: we used small glossy ceramic tiles in cream colors, but you can use unpainted white tiles
- tiles: we also used larger tiles, about 5 3/4″ by 5 3/4″ in a natural stone color
- Mod Podge in glossy
- felt for under the tile: we used navy blue and black felt
- simple iron display for the bigger tiles
Making the tiles is super-simple.
Honestly, the hardest, most time-consuming part is finding a photo you like.
I chose one photo of all three kids together for the bigger tile and the kids’ school pictures for the smaller tiles.
I personally love school photos. I think there’s something really cool, clean, and classic about them. No matter how my kids’ photos turn out, I always try to use them for something throughout the year.
1. Grab your Mod Podge and cover the whole tile with it. Because Mod Podge is essentially glue, all you need to do is paint the tile with Mod Podge and place your photo on top.
2. Place your photo on top, where you want it on the tile.
I added a little ‘holiday tag’ with Maddy, Owen, & Cora 2012 on it. Let. It. Dry.
You can download the tag here, of course personalizing it for your own cutiepies: holiday gift tags 2011
I love when kids can add their writing to any masterpiece, so for the tiny coasters, I had Maddy, Owen, and Cora write their names with a sharpie.
Want to know the really hilarious thing? I made these in 2011. Gave them to aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. It was 2011. The photo was from 2011. But I wrote 2012, like a champ. Awesome, right?
I’m trying to confuse the whole world. Then I won’t feel so crazy.
3. Mod Podge again. On top. Add a coat of Mod Podge, and Let. It. Dry.
I told you these took a bit of time only in the waiting.
4. Add felt to the back.
So the coasters don’t scratch the tables they’re trying to protect, add felt. Your mother-in-law will thank you.
Just use superglue or hot glue–whatever you have. I personally love my tiny hot glue gun. I keep a bunch of the tiny hot glue refills on hand, and I probably pull this guy out 3-4 times each month to use it for something.
For the larger tile, I added felt to the entire back. Because you’d be able to see the back when it was in its holder, I thought it looked nicer.
5. Let. It. Dry. Like totally and completely.
And really? That’s it.
So easy, and such a fun little personalized, homemade gift.
This year? Cannot wait to share what we have in the works. Cannot. Wait.
- True Holiday Spirit Lunchbox Notes
- Holiday Fun Fact and JOKES Lunchbox Notes (with Hannukah!)
- Holiday Time Fun Fact Lunchbox Notes
- Little Holiday Notes and Jokes
- Holiday Notes for Families
- The Polar Express tradition
- Scratch-off Cards
- K-Cup Advent Tree
- New Year’s Family Interview
- Happy Holidays Backyard Birds
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