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Christmas Tiles

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Today I’m going to share with you my FAVORITE student parent gifts ever! They’re inexpensive and super quick and easy. I love them so much that I always make my own children pose for a photo!!

First… you need to gather a few materials. I purchased everything except the tiles from Amazon. You definitely want to get the tiles from Lowe’s. I got them for 16 cents a pieces. You can click on the pictures and it will take you to the links.

So here goes… your first step is to take pictures of your students with their hands in the air. Then, you’ll need to print black/white on regular white copy paper.

**I put the pictures in PowerPoint and then made sure the size of each image was 4.5 x 6. You could probably print right from your phone or camera… you could also upload to Microsoft Word… I’m just most familiar with PowerPoint! When printing you will want to print ACTUAL SIZE and not scale to fit the paper.

Your picture might be a little big for the tile…. You will need to trace around the tile to make the picture fit!

Cut out each image!

Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and glue down the photograph.

Cut off the access paper around the edges.

Use a sharpie to draw a squiggly line.

Now it’s time to add the lights…. I always let my students do this part!!!

I think it works the best when you use the back of a paint brush!!

Once the paint dries you’re ready for a layer of Mod Podge.

It will look like this before it dries… don’t worry…. It dries clear…

And there you have it…  My favorite parent gifts ever…..

December is so fun in the classroom! I hope you have an amazing month!

-Hollie

 

57 Comments

  1. Amaris Paez

    This is such a creative & amazing idea! I have been racking my brain about what to give my students & YOU NAILED IT.

    Thank you for your help <3

    Merry Christmas from a HAPPY TEACHER!

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    • Hollie

      I’m so glad you like it. I hope it turns out great. Merry Christmas!

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      • Lisa

        Hi! I love this idea. The link for the acrylic paint takes you to Madisi Body Paint. Is that what you use?

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  2. Danielle

    Hi…I love this idea and I can’t wait to do this with my grade one students and my own children. Did you print the pictures from a computer or did you have a photo lab print them? You mentioned white copy paper so I was wondering if it needs to be paper vs what the photo labs use?

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    • Hollie

      I print pictures from a regular printer on plain white copy paper. Also…use the glossy Mod Podge. I hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas.

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      • Donna

        You say to use the glossy, but I see yours looks “matte” on the label on your ModPodge. Do you think matte will work? Thank you!

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        • Hollie

          Matte works… I got the wrong thing last year. It still looked good! I just think the glossy looks better!

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  3. Alondra

    Does it matter which kind of Mod Podge it is? I see that you used “Antique Matte”, which I am not able to locate at Walmart. So, I’m going to use the “Matte” ( yellow label) or ” Gloss”.

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  4. Hollie

    The best kind to use is the glossy kind. Thanks. Hope it works out. Merry Christmas.

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  5. Aimee

    My son’s third grade teacher made these this year, and I absolutely love it! It’s by far the best gift I’ve ever gotten for either of my kids, and I plan on doing this with my own students next year!

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    • Hollie

      I’m so glad you love them. It is one of my favorite gifts too.

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    • Hollie

      Awww… I’m glad you loved it!

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      • Denise

        I want to give this a try with my students.. But i want to know first if the photos need to be laser printed instead of the inkjet. Thank you(:

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        • Hollie

          It’s easier if it is laser printed… but I actually used inkjet with the ones in the picture. You just have to do your first coat light and quickly so the ink doesn’t spread.

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        • Amy

          Also, can’t you print to a 4×4 size to avoid cutting off excess?

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  6. Aydneyy

    Have you used these for other holidays? Mother’s Day or Valentines?

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    • Hollie

      YES! I’ve used them for Mother’s Day… I just didn’t add the lights.

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  7. Andrea

    I love this and will do it this Christmas too! Is it supposed to be a photo decoration or a coaster or.. How do you see it being used?

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    • Hollie

      I use them as coasters.

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  8. Tonya

    I did this with the kids profiles – powerpoint is the best! You can take out the background, make it black and white and done.

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  9. Laura

    Are these coasters?

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    • Hollie

      Yes! But… I don’t really use them as coasters.. ha! Just decoration!

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  10. Carmela

    If used as a coaster, will condensation from a drink ruin the picture since it’s on regular paper?

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  11. Ess

    I will let me grandkids use their fingertips. Thanks for the idea!

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  12. Kristina

    Can I use glossy ceramic tiles? I couldn’t find the exact same tiles that you used.

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    • Hollie

      Yes, you can use glossy tiles.

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  13. Kelly

    What size tile did you use?

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  14. Nicole

    Hello,
    I’m wondering if the kids would have enough time to do this during a 1.5 hour holiday party (5th graders). I would already have the pictures printed and cut, but was thinking about letting the glue down the pic and everything else. How long does it take for the mod pod to dry?

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  15. Miss Zero

    Thanks, for sharing

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  16. Brittany

    Did you put anything on the back of the tile like cork circles or just leave the tiles plain? I didn’t know if they would scratch tables? Thanks.

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  17. Ashlie

    What size and kind of tile did you use? What color were the tiles?

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  18. Melissa Robison

    Love this idea! I would also like to add a note on the back that says the teacher name and the year. I’m going to try a sticker with Mod Podge. Hope it works. Wish me luck.

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  19. Sarah

    I love this, thank you for the idea! Ink jet printer or laser printer? Happy Thanksgiving ??

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  20. Marty

    Can you use different kind of paint?

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    • Hollie

      Definitely!!!

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  21. Emily S.

    Can you use sharpie markers to draw the colored lights instead of the paint??

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  22. Emily S.

    For the colored lights, can you use sharpie markers instead to make the lights? I apologize if you get two comments from me. I click post comment and nothing shows that it posted. :/

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  23. Emily

    For the colored lights, can you use sharpie markers instead to make the lights? I apologize if you get two comments from me. I click post comment and nothing shows that it posted. :/

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    • Hollie

      I’ve never used sharpie… but I bet you can!!!

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    • Ashley B

      I actually used sharpie last year and on some of them the ink bled. I am not sure why – but the did still turn out nice! We also used our fingerprints for lights! Doing this with my prek kiddos!

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    • Kim

      Sharpie actually won’t show up as well as paint. I played around with it. Especially if it’s a dark background. A fine tip paint pen may work but those get pricey. I think acrylic paints make the brightest lights. Super cute and it was such a huge hit last year, I’m doing it again this year! Thanks for the idea.

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  24. Nicole

    How long does it take for the color paint to dry? I’m wondering if I could have the tiles prepared to the point where the students do the color paint, it dries and then they put in the last layer of mod podge (was hoping to do during Holiday party at school). Thank you!

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    • Hollie

      Hi, Nicole! That’s actually exactly what I do! We do the paint in the morning and finish with the top layer of mod podge in the afternoon. It only takes an hour or so to dry.

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  25. Jaclyn

    Any ideas on how to make these easy to gift for families celebrating other holidays this December? I absolutely love the idea for my students that celebrate Christmas and would love to use it for all the kiddos. Thanks!

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    • Hollie

      I do a close up picture of their face and don’t use the lights! I’ve done the same thing for Mother’s Day as well!! 🙂

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  26. Alysse

    How many layers of Mod Podge do you put on top?

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    • Hollie

      I do a light layer, then the lights, then one more layer. The second layer is heavier because the paper is already protected by the first layer. If you put too much on the paper it will fold up.

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      • Lisa

        So, do you glue the pic down with Mod Podge and then put a thin layer on top of pic BEFORE painting? And then a heavier coat after paint dries? I just want to make sure I do this correctly. Thanks!

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  27. Vicki

    Great idea. Do you think I could use the vinyl floor samples instead of the tiles?

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    • Hollie

      Gosh… I have no idea! If you try it out, let me know how it goes!

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  28. Debbie

    What size are the tiles? The link doesn’t take you to the tiles anymore.

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    • Hollie

      4×4

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  29. Christi

    Is there a way for you to provide links to the supplies you used? The links seem to no longer function when you click on the photos. Thank you!!! This is such a cute idea!

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  30. Carrie Ruano

    Hi, I’m not super computer savvy, so you used power point, find the wall bag round and insert a picture on top? This is such a cute project. Doing it with my class.

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  31. Carrie R.

    Great project, please help me with the background. Do you find the wall in PowerPoint and then insert the picture?

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  32. michelle

    How do you keep the picture from bubbling with the first coat on the tile?

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  33. Kelly

    I did a very think layer of mod podge but the pictures got wrinkles after 🙁 . Some turned out fine with the same amount. I don’t know if there is anything I can do to help the wrikled ones.

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