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.
Here is what you will need to make your own photo tiles:
- Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy
- Darice® Chipboard Shapes – Squares – 2 in.
- Xyron Create A Sticker Machine (optional)
- 2″ Black Plastic Easels
- Craft Stick
- Plastic Cup (disposable)
- Measuring Cup (disposable)
- 2″ photos (or a 2″ square punch, to create 2″ photos from your existing photos)
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.
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.
You will need to measure and mix equal amounts of both bottles.
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.
When all of your photos are covered with epoxy, let them cure.
Then, enjoy your cute custom tiles!
Add them to these darling mini easels, and put them on display.
Here is the completed keyring- take your memories with you wherever you go!
So sweet, and easy to make.
I hope you try some!