Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Barbie Craft Project: Tile

Quick and easy project that has a multitude of possible applications. There are a variety of ways to create scale tile, this is one method that I use frequently.

Supplies:



Thin cardboard (scrap from a notebook, cereal box, or scrapbook tablet)
Xacto knife or scissors
Ruler
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
Pencil
Scrapbook paper,  contact  paper or wallpaper in suitable pattern (example: granite, marble, solid, wood, stone)

Step #1: Lay your scrap of cardboard on top of your piece of patterned paper. Trim paper just slightly larger than the cardboard.




Step #2: Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the cardboard. **Note-Mod Podge is waterbased and will cause the cardboard to warp slightly. This is ok.



Step #3: Lay your patterned paper face down on your work surface. Place the cardboard on top of the paper-glue side down.  Press down firmly with your hands. Start in the center and work your way to the edges to remove most of the air bubbles.



Step #4: Place a stack of magazines or heavy books on top until the glue dries. This will flatten out the cardboard.



Step #5: Trim the excess paper to the edge of the cardboard using a straight edge & sharp xacto knife or scissors if you can cut really straight.

Step #6: Draw a grid on the back side of the cardboard the size you want your tiles. I made mine 2 inches by 2 inches. This will equal a real life 12 inch square tile.  **Hint-look at websites that sell tile for size & design ideas.  1" x 1" = 6" RL tile, 2.5" x 2.5" = 18" RL tile



Step #7: Cut along your grid lines. Voila you have tiles!



This will make a fantastic backsplash for a kitchen, a great floor or fabulous surround for a fireplace. 

Here is one example of this tile used in a Barbie sized setting. I customized a vintage Sears kitchen fashion doll playset and added my own backsplash:



Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!
Stephiejo

6 comments:

  1. THANKS Stephiejo. Awesome tutorial! I will definitely be doing this one.

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  2. Another great tutorial. Now if only I could add more hours to the day...

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  3. Thank you for this great tutorial!!!

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  4. You all are so welcome!! I will create a post soon showing how I lay the tile and with some different layout options. I wanted to make sure I get some basic tutorials out first and then add to them at a future date. :-)

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  5. Great, I was wondering how you make it look so good! Mine would look like a failed attempt at mosaics!

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  6. Do you have a tutorial on how you painted the cupboards?

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