Mini Chipboard Photo Tiles

We travel a lot.

I like to display photos of the places we have been, but my shelves are getting a little crowded.  I wanted a unique way to put my favorite photos on display without needing to limit my photos. (They are *all* “my favorites!)

I ran across these miniature photo easels, and thought how cool it would be to make miniature canvases.

And the mini easels are inexpensive! You can just about pick one up for the quarter that is in the picture with them!

I was able to make a TON of miniature photo tiles! I got about 30 tiles out of my batch, and used only half of the Easy Cast kit. I figure you could easily get 50-75 tiles from one Easy Cast kit.

Here is what you will need to make your own photo tiles:

Lets get started!

The first thing you will want to do is prepare your photos.

I sized a bunch of my favorite photos in a photo editing program to 2″, and printed them out.

If you do not have photo editing software, you can simply use a square craft punch to create 2″ photo squares, or hand cut your photos into 2″ squares.

When you have all of your photo selected and cut, you will need to adhere them securely to the 2″ chipboard squares.

The chipboard squares come 40 to a package! I would suggest you use them all. :)

Once the resin is mixed up, it needs to be poured immediately. We will get to that later.

The easiest way for me to adhere all the photos was to run them through my Xyron machine.

Then, with the Xyron sticker backing, I simply placed the photo onto the chipboard square, and smoothed it down.

When all of your photos are adhered to the chipboard, you can choose to sand the edges of the photos if you like, to give them more of a worn tile feel.

You can also choose to add an eyelet, to create a tile to hang on a keyring.

When all of your photos are prepped, it is time to mix up the Easy Cast.

I have never used this before, and I am happy to say that I was successful!

Here are my suggestions to make it easier for you:

Lay all of your photos out on newspaper, or another surface that can be disposed of.

Use a disposable measuring cup, and mixing cup.

Follow the manufacturers directions exactly.

Prep more photos than you think you will need. You will not have time to prep more if you have extra epoxy mixed up.

You will need to pour the mixed epoxy quickly, so do not answer the phone. lol.

Easy Cast comes in two bottles. When the two bottles are mixed, they make a pourable epoxy that will give your photo canvases a tile-like look that is permanent and very durable.

You will need to measure and mix equal amounts of both bottles.

The cool thing about this, is that you have control over the amount of epoxy you mix up and use. You can store the remaining product for use at another time.

When you have the epoxy mixed up as per the directions, you are ready to pour.

The photos just need to be covered. I noticed that the epoxy didn’t dribble over the sides of the tiles! I was surprised. It domed up all around the edges of the chipboard. I used a craft stick to spread it right up to the edges, and spread it around.

The photos that you want to make into key-rings? Just use that craft stick to spread the epoxy around the eyelet. It will coat the eyelet, and seal it in.

You may notice at this point that there are a bunch of tiny bubbles on your photos. This is okay. They will work themselves out as the epoxy cures, you do not need to try to fix them yourself.

When all of your photos are covered with epoxy, let them cure.

The manufacturer direction say most items are cured in 72 hours.

Then, enjoy your cute custom tiles!

Add them to these darling mini easels, and put them on display.

The small size makes them perfect for a dollhouse or an adorable addition to a wedding reception/event table.

You could add a magnet to the back, and put them on a fridge or other magnetic surface.

Here is the completed keyring- take your memories with you wherever you go!

Mini Photo Tiles: tiny memories, that make a big impact!

So sweet, and easy to make.

I hope you try some!

About Shaunte

Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).

Comments

  1. I see this post is from a few years ago, but I have a question should you happen to see this. How did you print your photos? On glossy photo paper or regular inkjet copy paper? Thanks!

    • Shaunte says:

      Shelby- I always print my photos at Costco. I would be concerned that the ink from an inkjet printer would smear or bleed. I would recommend having them printed in a reliable lab. Good luck! :)

  2. Do you have to use the sticker backing in order for the epoxy to work? Or can you use a basic glue like Aleene’s Tacky Glue? Which kind of glue do you suggest using? Or can I just use double sided tape?

  3. Ooo, what a great way to display the million and one pictures I have of the boys! Love all your beautiful family pics. :)

  4. I love to use resin to seal projects. This is a great idea!!

  5. Kim- That would be awesome! You will love them, I am quite obsessed. They turn out very “professional” looking.

  6. Shaunte, I love these! I think I’m going to try this with photos from our wedding, and use the squares to make a photo quilt of sorts… :-)

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