The holiday season is bright and colorful, and ceramic tile crafts can add shimmer to this fun time of year. Anyone can complete these simple projects using small mosaic tiles and large white tiles.
Mosaic Christmas Tree
Mosaic Christmas trees can make a festive centerpiece on a Christmas table. To create this project, start with a wooden cone that can be purchased at most craft stores. You will also need colorful mosaic tiles, mortar, grout, tile cutters, gloves, a trowel and a sponge.
Start by picking the colors you will use on the tree. It might also help to sketch out a pattern or design for the tree before you apply the tiles.
To apply the tiles, use the trowel to apply a thin layer of mortar to the cone. Lightly press the tiles into the mortar so that they stay. Repeat this process until the entire cone is covered in tiles. Cut tiles if needed to fit into smaller spaces. Wipe any mortar off of the surface of the tiles and allow the cone to dry overnight.
After the cone has dried, you can apply the grout. The grout can also be colored with tempera powder or paint if desired. To grout the tree, spread the grout onto the tree and push it into the spaces between the tiles. Make sure all of the spaces are filled. Wipe off any excess grout with a sponge and allow the tree to dry overnight.
Once the tree is completely dry, you can set it out as decoration. Make multiple trees of varying height for a beautiful table centerpiece.
Holiday Serving Trivet
Food is another huge part of the holiday season. Luckily, you can bring some crafty festivity to the dining table as well by making this simple serving trivet.
Start with a large white ceramic tile. You will also need to purchase Porcelaine 150 pens, sticky felt and holiday stencils. Porcelaine 150 is a ceramic paint that permanently adheres to ceramic when baked in the oven at 325 degrees farenheit.
You will be using the Porcelaine pens to draw a festive image on the white tile. You can use the stencils if needed. You can use text as a design element as well by writing a holiday quote such as “Jingle all the way” or “Sugarplums dancing in their heads”. If you mess up the design, simply wash the tile with a wet sponge and start over.
Once you have perfected the design, bake the tile in the oven for 30 minutes to set the ink. After baking, the ink is permanent, microwave and dishwasher safe, and non-toxic. Set the tile aside to cool slowly.
Once the tile has cooled, cut some small pieces of sticky felt. Apply the pieces to the back of the tile on each corner. This will prevent the tile from scratching and damaging countertops or tables.
Festive Holiday Crafts
These crafts will add unique holiday charm to your next gathering. Better yet, they can provide fun ways for you to connect with crafty friends or family members. Either way, your friends and family are sure to notice and love your crafty additions to Christmas.