Sunday, June 16, 2013

Painted Mosaic Styrofoam Tile Picture Frame

June is the month of Father's day and birthdays.  Chuck and I wanted to make gifts for hubby and my parents, so we made these mosaic picture frames out of painted Styrofoam plates and cardboard.

I'm so glad with how they turned out.  They're happy and colorful and made out of stuff that we had right at home.

- Styrofoam plates <-- crapt!
- Cereal box <-- crapt!
- Cardboard <-- crapt!
- Tape
- Tacky glue
- Acrylic craft paint
- Paint brushes
- Scissors
- Mod Podge

1.  Wash and dry your Styrofoam plates.  Then, paint them.  (Chuck really enjoyed this step.  You don't need to be neat, you just need to cover the plate with colors so that you have lots of tile making material.)  Once your paint dries, cover the plates with a thin coat of Mod Podge to make them slightly shiny.

2.  Create a frame by cutting out a rectangle out of cardboard that's slightly larger than your photo.  Make an opening for the photo by cutting out a rectangle that's slightly smaller than your photo.  Paint the frame.  Once the paint dries, give your frame a coat of Mod Podge to also make it slightly shiny.

3.  Cut out your mosaic tiles.  Organize them by colors if you plan on making a certain design.

4.  Place your tiles on your frame and play around with different ideas for designs.  Once you're satisfied with how everything looks, use your tacky glue and glue the tiles down.

5.  Tape your photo to the back of your frame.  Then, trace out a rectangle that's the same shape as your frame from a cereal box.  Tape it over your photo to cover the back of the frame.  Create a simple stand by bending a long rectangular piece of cereal box into a triangle shape.  Tape it to the back of your frame.

And there you have it- a lovely, colorful, crapty piece that any child will have fun making.  Hubby loves his gift because now he has a special photo to put on his desk at work.

Happy crapting, friends!


  1. That looks really awesome! I love the colors. And those are some pretty great pictures to frame too.

    1. Thanks Lisa. We like them because they're so cheery looking. Plus, they're even more special because Chuck played a small role in making them.

  2. ;) i am staring at the frame and baby chuck now! (: so cute. mom loves the picture and how big his eyes look! :D

    1. Glad you guys like it. We had lots of fun making it.

    2. ;) this might be my favorite of your "crapt" projects! :)

    3. It's getting to be one of my favorite ones too!

  3. Great little craft! Sorry I missed posting it before Father's Day, but I think it is a great all around hand made gift for kids! Just posted on Craft Gossip!

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  5. So pretty! This would be a great idea with just the kids finger paintings instead of the styrofoam, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Just searching for ideas for my mom's birthday this weekend and so glad I came across this.
    I have a ton of tiles in the garage that would make for an excellent project.
    I'm thinking a bit of a twist though and making a mosaic jewelery box. Thanks for the great idea!

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