Doodle Your Way to Make Your Own Tile

Ever thought to make your own tile? Now you can! With Claire’s quick and easy steps you can turn your doodles into works of art, and make your own tiles or even make your own coasters.

How To Make Your Own Tile

My mother is an artist. As far back as I can remember, she doodled. On paper, on napkins, on paper plates – doodles. She turned me into a doodler. I doodled watching TV, I doodled during lessons in school, I doodled in the margins of my homework- my name is Claire and I’m a doodleholic.

On Pinterest I ran across a cute doodle on a mug from Abernathy Crafts. So sweet and simple! Why not take that idea and doodle on something similar, like tiles? I got my tiles at a home improvement store for under $0.20 a piece, so a set of 4 came in under $1. Some of the edges of the tile/glazing were rough, so I took a bit of sandpaper to those spots. You’ll also need sharpies (I like the look of the plain black and white, but LOVE COLOR!), scissors, felt, and glue.

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Now go to town! Doodle, write a favorite quote, have your kids help personalize them (what a great gift for a teacher or grandparent!)- HAVE FUN!

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In order to set the sharpie, bake the tiles for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. After the 30 minutes is up, let the HOT tiles cool before picking them up.

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Now it’s time to add felt to the back. You can use a package of the self-adhesive felt circles or cut some felt of your own. I just cut a square the size of the tile and glued it on using some craft glue. The felt I used is eco-felt made from recycled plastic and while hot glue dries quickly, I find it also ends up melting the felt a bit.

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Once the felt-glue is dry, you’re done. Wrap them up or set them out on the table- they’re ready to use!

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  1. says

    This such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing. I like doodling, drawing and art in general, and so do my children. These will make great gifts for their teachers.

  2. says

    This is AWESOME-SAUCE! What a great idea for any gift giving occasion, or just to decorate a room! Love! :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    My Mom used to make these for gifts. Although she wasn’t a doodler, so she just used pretty decorated tiles from the store and then she would hot glue thick wooden beads to the corners to raise it up a little. I think I still have one of them around here somewhere. I love little home made gifts like this.

  4. says

    My daughters did this at art camp, one summer. I always thought it was a fantastic gift. I like your quick tutorial. Theirs was much more elaborate.

  5. says

    I love this idea. I’m definitely going to do it once I get the extra little bit of funds to get the material. It would make for a nice tradition to do with the kids yearly.

  6. Stephanie @ Babes Rockin' Mami says

    Looks like I just found the present from my son for family!! Thanks!

  7. says

    I just bought a doodle book a few weeks ago. I don’t consider myself an artist, but I love playing with pens and colors and the act of doodling. It’s fun! Thanks for the share.

  8. says

    This is fantastic! We are remodeling our kitchen and this would be so cool to do on the backsplash. Thanks! Enter my first giveaway ever on my blog!

  9. says

    Neat idea!

    Francesca, I was a huge fan of Mayhem and Moxie- I love your sense of humor! I’ve been out of the blog game for a while, but I’m back, and it was great to find you again!

  10. says

    What a super cute craft concept. Thanks for sharing your practical doodle design idea with all of us who stop by SITS! It’s always interesting to take something plain, like tile, and add a personal, artistic touch to it.

    How inventive!


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