After a final cleaning, the tile art will accept a coat or more of polyurethane varnish. This will make the tiles look like real ceramic tile. That c...
Did you know that you can use the foam craft sheets as faux tiles? After a suggestion was made by scoochmaroo, I decided to try this. It's a fun way to make decorative items for the office, home and shop. You can cover tin cans, small cardboard boxes, or even use them in mosaic art! Not that we don't have enough to do as it is. But it is a project that is well suited to children, or the child in all of us. Cutting the foam may be too dangerous for small children as razor edges are used. So be mindful at all times regardless of your age. So far I have only cut myself once, and that was reaching for a new blade in a box that wasn't secured properly. Live and learn!
First, you need the foamie sheets. Glue, both regular white glue and the tacky stuff work well. I use spray adhesive, following their directions, to glue the images onto the can or box, but the white glue works, just takes a little longer to dry. I use a box cutter to cut the foam sheets into tiles, and scissors to cut out clip art images. After gluing onto a can or box, or sheet if doing mosaics, the project is grouted using regular grout. I tried both sanded and non sanded, colored and plain white, and found the best use was from the unsanded white.
Step 2: Cut The "Tiles"
Shown is a simple "jig" I made to place a smaller piece of foam on, and be able to reproduce the same size of tile. For clip art images, copy your source, then either hold it very tightly as you cut with scissors, or glue the image onto the foam. I used spray adhesive to do that, and the paper is easily removed when completed.
Step 3: Start Gluing Tiles and/or Image To Your Object
No special preparation is needed for cans or boxes. I originally thought it would be better to prime the surface, but found that is not the case. Saves a little time in prep.