Hello Fall! I just love this time of year, don’t you? It just celebrates our creativity. Also as crafters, we love good budget-friendly home decor or gift ideas plus FREE Files! Look no further than the Glass and Ceramic Subway Tiles! Let me show you just how easy this DIY craft project is. Are you ready?
If you’re in the mood for even more Fall DIY Decor, check out this DIY Word Art Signs. Or how about Applying HTV to Painted Wood? Perhaps you want to decorate with some paper flowers in Fall colors?
So Subway Tiles are all the rage lately, whether you use Ceramic or Glass tiles. You can easily find them at your local hardware or home improvement stores. I got mine at Lowe’s and a few at Home Depot in the past. I have even spotted them locally when someone no longer needs their leftover tiles due to their own home improvement project!
Oh, did you know forms of Subway tiles date clear back to New York in 1904 from, you guessed it, Subway Tiles Ha!
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Video: DIY Ceramic Subway Tiles
How to apply the vinyl to Subway Tiles
- A Cutting Machine (My favorite)
- Cricut Standard or Light Grip cutting mat
- Cricut Tool Set
- Dry Erase Marker (for Ceramic or Glass)
- Suctioned Vinyl Weeding Scrap Collector
HOW TO STEPS
Get The Free Template Files
STEP 1: GET FREE TEMPLATE
You can design your own template or use my FREE Template here.
STEP 2: PREPARE TEMPLATE (SIZE & COLORS)
Measure your tile and adjust the template if needed to match the desired look
Choose colors of vinyl and adjust in Design Space. If you liked my design today I used the following colors
If you want the leaves all one color be sure to attach all the leaves together.
STEP 3: CUT OUT THE DESIGN
Click “Make It”. You should now be able to see your design separated onto your mat colors depending on how many colors you chose for your design. This is the time to hit “Cancel” if the colors shown are not what you had in mind.
If it all looks good, click on “Continue”
Choose “Browse all Materials”
Select “Premium Vinyl” or another vinyl dependent on which vinyl brand you are using.
You can always perform a test cut if you are not sure. If you are new to performing test cuts, I cover it in this blog post and video.
STEP 4: WEEDING AND APPLYING TRANSFER TAPE
Prior to applying your vinyl to your subway tile, be sure you’ve wiped it clean with a lint-free cloth or coffee filter and rubbing alcohol. This process is to ensure your vinyl sticks as it should ✔
Weed the “hello” and “fall leaves” using your favorite weeding tools. If you would like to learn how to make your own weeding tool, check this post here.
Then apply your transfer tape to your weeded pieces.
STEP 5: APPLY DESIGN TO YOUR SUBWAY TILE
I find it extremely helpful to mark the center of the tile with a dry erase marker. If you don’t have one, you can also use a pencil. You just want to use something that you can wipe or erase off when you are done 😊
STEP 6: ADMIRE YOUR WORK OF ART AND CELEBRATE!
Isn’t it AMAZING how cute It turned out? Look how beautiful it looks on a mantle with a paper Gerbera Flower.
Feel free to share your completed project here or if you share on social media, be sure to tag me! #createswithlove or #denisehumphrey
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Does the Cricut Joy stop to allow you to change pen colors for coloring a design different colors? Love your help. Your blog is awesome. Thanks. Kim
Hi Kim, Yes the Cricut Joy will pause when It’s time to switch pen colors. You can check your colors in the layers panel as well. Thanks also for the beautiful comments! 😊