Camp craft: DIY subway tile nameplates
All you scrapbook fanatics are going to love these. The girls at camp took this idea and ran with it. I wish I had photos of all their great plaques. These subway tile nameplates to stick on your bedroom door were inspired by a reader, Josie, who asked me for suggestions for what to do with some leftover white tiles that were given to her. I thought of the ceramic nameplate (below) that I’ve had since I was a child, and decided white subway tiles would make excellent nameplates. We decoupaged scrapbook paper and added stickers, rhinestones, ribbon, etc., but you can use whatever artist’s medium your heart desires. Paint? Glitter? Knock yourself out. (This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may earn a small commission. You can read my full disclosure here.)
How to make a subway tile name plate
SUPPLIES & TOOLS
white subway tile
alphabet stickers (I used leftover stickers from my advent calendar project)
chipboard letters, stickers, rhinestones, paint, markers, glitter, etc.
variety of scrapbook paper
Mod Podge or other decoupage glue
- ¼-inch-wide ribbon
paint brush and disposable plate/cup
download tile-wrap template (optional)
1. Choose your design using cut paper, stickers, etc. I bought white alphabet stickers and colored the letters I needed with a Sharpie marker.
Tip: Lay out your alphabet stickers on wax paper first so you can visualize your design (and ensure that your name will fit on the tile).
2. Protect your surface with wax paper. If you just want to decorate the front and not the sides, apply glue to the front of the tile. Adhere your background piece, smoothing out bubbles immediately. Then paint glue onto the back of the smaller pieces of paper and stick them onto the tile. Let dry about 30 minutes.
If you want to wrap the paper around the edges of the tile, cut a piece of paper about 7×4 inches, place the tile in the center, then cut out a notch from each corner. Or print this template onto the back of your paper and cut/fold where labeled.
Glue the front of the tile first, adhere the paper, then apply glue to the sides. Tuck in the tabs and fold over the edges.
3. Add stickers, etc. Apply top coat(s) of glue. Let dry about 10 minutes after each coat.
4. Sick on rhinestones or other decorations. Hot glue ribbon around the outside edge of the tile, if desired.
5. Stick one foam mounting square at each corner on the back. Then peel off the backing, and stick it on your bedroom door.
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