Bridget has been keeping me busy this March break. We’ve been doing lots of baking, cleaning and helping John out with the ongoing renovations. We are in the process of renovating and redecorating Bridget’s room and I thought it would be fun to make a craft together that we could use to decorate her new room! We used our new HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer to make DIY Picture Tile Wall Art. They turned out beautifully!
Before I get into the specifics of how you can also make your own Picture Tile Wall Art, let me tell you a bit about the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer. It’s so much more than any printer I’ve ever owned. You can print documents and photos wirelessly, send faxes, go online and print from your smartphone or tablet from just about anywhere. I thought it was the coolest thing to not have to hook up my laptop to the printer in order to print. I love being able to send something to printer from the living room and have it print in the back office.
It prints out gorgeous photos. I love photography and enjoy taking pictures of my family. Printing photos is so simple using the HP Photo Creations software and HP Everyday Photo Paper. Maybe now I can decorate all the empty walls in my house!
I’m looking forward to exploring all the neat Print Apps. I want to make a calendar using pictures of my kids next.
The Picture Tile Wall Art is a fun project that you can do with your children. My daughter is 8 years old so I let her do some parts of it. She really enjoyed helping and watching it all come together. It’s also a unique gift idea too and you can personalize it any way you please. We used photos of Bridget by herself and one with her grandma and cousin, Avery.
Supplies & Tools:
- (4) 6×6 tiles (any colour)
- Picture Hanging Kit
- Sprayable Contact Cement
- HP Everyday Photo Paper (Glossy)
- Ceramic Floor & Wall Tile Adhesive (otherwise known as Mastic as John says) OR Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive
- Utility Knife
- HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer
Step One: Print four pictures of your choice using the free HP Photo Creations software on your HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer on HP Everyday Photo Paper.
Step Two: Place the tile over top of the picture and trace around it with a pen (pencil won’t show up).
Step Three: Cut out the picture so that it’s sized to fit the tile.
Step Four: Spray the Contact Cement on the front of the tiles and the back of each picture. The directions on the canister said to leave dry for 30 minutes to 1 hour before attaching together. Make sure to do this step in a well-ventilated area.
Step Five: Carefully place each photo on top of the tiles and smooth out so there’s no gaps or bubbles.
Step Six: With a utility knife, cut the plywood to fit each tile.
Step Seven: Apply Mastic to the back of each tile and fit plywood and tile together, wiping off any excess Mastic. Set aside to dry completely overnight.
Step Eight: Screw the picture hanging kit on the back of each of the tiles.
Step Nine: Arrange on your wall in a pattern of your choosing!
Though this is an easy project, it does involve a few different stages where you have to leave it dry. We would work on it a little bit and then go do other things while we waited. Bridget really enjoyed picking out which photos to put on her tiles. It’s a wonderful way to showcase your loved ones in a meaningful way.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.