Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Decoupaged buttons and tiles

When I was at the CQI retreat, Kerry taught us how to do decoupaged buttons. Recently I found Annie Howe's Keepsake's (a blog) that teaches you how to do nearly the same thing with scrabble tiles. (

I decided to try using the scrabble tiles since I knew just where to find some at my local antique store, and had also found some old flat wooden beads that I also wanted to experiment with (aren't these the coolest!). All I needed was the tiles/beads, some images printed on paper, Mod Podge, and some diamond glaze. I decided to burn the edges of some of my pictures so I also had a candle and a wet rag handy. Let me tell you that I needed the wet rag. It was easy for these little images to burst into flame, so be careful if you try it!

First, I placed the image on the tile/bead and held it up to the light so I could find the right placement. Holding it in place I cut around the image with a scissors. Then I brushed some mod podge (like a glue) on the tile/bead and placed the image on the mod podge pressing it so it would lay flat. Then I took an exacto knife to further trim the image; well I really used a scissors, but an exacto knife would have been better. lol! Brush with the mod podge and let dry 15 minutes. Then brush the crystal glaze over the mod podge and let dry 24 hours. You can put another coat on after about 5 minutes and then let it dry for the 24 hours if you want. The crystal glaze makes a really thick shiny (like glass) coating on the tile/bead.

These tiles/beads are so cute and you can sew them onto fabric by glueing felt on the bottom and then sewing the felt to your fabric (thanks to Gerry K. which is where I first got this idea) and/or you can bead them on using the peyote stitch.

I am making a memory quilt so I also tried to print some family photos in miniature and put them on the tiles/beads and they turning out really well! Just make sure your image is not too small.


Gerry Krueger said...

I love the scrabble tiles...I'm going to be doing this on cabrochons for cameos with pictures of famous suffragettes for "the quilt" which is taking on a life of it's own... Gerry K.

Mod Podge Amy said...

Pretty! I love the ones with the photos - happy new year!

Laurie said...

Well, you are just having so much fun! Cool project!

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Scrabble tiles! Who would have thought!? lol I love the idea of burning the edges too and of using family photos. You are a real wealth of ideas! Glad you are having fun with this!

Karla Hartzog said...

Thank you for sharing this! I've bookmarked it for future reference.