No-fire decal address tiles
Time: 3-5 hours
Difficulty: Easy - Medium
- Glazed Ceramic tile - you can use one large tile for all of the numbers or one tile per number (these can be purchased from Home Depot or Lowes for under $1 each)
- Small piece of 3/8" plywood or masonite (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Computer (Mac or PC)
- Inkjet or Laser printer
- Lazertran Waterslide Decal Transfer Paper - Inkjet
- Krylon #1303 Crystal Clear or Rust-oleum clear enamel spray sealant
This nonfire decal method of making home address tiles is quick, easy, relatively cheap and a lot of fun! Most ceramic tile projects require a kiln to fire heat the tile and glaze in order to get high quality and a high gloss shine. However, this no-fire decal method makes it easy to transfer an entire pattern from your computer to an inkjet or laser printer and directly onto the ceramic tile.
- Find a design or pattern on the internet that you like, then open it in a graphics program and insert your house numbers into the pattern. You can get some patterns at iCLIPART.com. Unlimited access to more than 7 million clipart images, photos, photo objects, fonts, and sounds for one low price!. We can help you with this part if you don't have a graphics program on your computer. Contact us if you need help.
- Print the image in reverse or mirrored onto the smooth side of the Lazertran paper. Set your printer to a high DPI or high resolution but a LOW quality, such as "Draft" or "High Speed". Let the ink dry for about 30 minutes.
- Cut the Lazertran paper to the size of the tile you bought.
- Clean the tiles with the rubbing alcohol and a dry cloth. Wipe off any excess cleaner with a wet rag and allow the tile to dry.
- Apply a little rubbing alcohol on each tile, leaving a little alcohol on the tile before you apply the decal.
- Soak the paper in water until the decal releases from the backing - about 60 seconds.
- Apply the decal to the tile, stretching the edges of the decal around the edges of the tile (the rubbing alcohol will help the decal to stretch).
- If you bought one large tile for your entire address, skip to step 15. Layout the tiles into the arrangement that you desire. Use the tile spacers to keep them properly spaced so you can get an accurate measurement for the plywood.
- Measure the width and height of all tiles as they are laid out.
- Cut out the plywood to the dimensions of your laid out tiles.
- Spread a thin layer of grout onto the plywood.
- Place the tiles onto grout.
- Apply grout between all of the tiles.
- With a wet cloth, clean the grout off the tops of the tiles and let the grout dry completely.
- Spray on a light coat of the Rust-oleum clear enamel or Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic over all of the tiles and grout, and let it dry.
- Spray on another light coat of the Rust-oleum clear enamel or Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic and let it dry.