Christmas Craft Flashback #2 – Stamped Tile Ornaments

It was seven years ago when I made these homemade Christmas ornaments using rubber stamps and small ceramic tiles. (I’m sure of the time frame on this one because I wrote the year on the front for a keepsake). I remember this was a very easy and quick craft and I was able to produce several of them in a short time. These ornaments also required no special skills beyond being able to stamp, color and glue.

These ornaments are made from small white ceramic tiles that you can buy in a home improvement store like Home Depot. You will probably find that they are sold on a larger mesh sheet (like in this picture of ceramic tiles ) and the mesh sheets are usually 12″ x 12″.

As I found in my last post about the downsizing of paint stirrers for my paint stirrer snowman, it looks like the small ceramic tiles have also been downsized a little bit. I made a quick trip to Home Depot before writing this to make sure these small tiles were still available. I was able to find them, but where my tiles from seven years ago are slightly larger than 2″x2″, the tiles I found now were slightly smaller than 2″x2″.  Not a big difference, but it’s frustrating that as the years ago by we seem to always be paying slightly more for slightly less.


You will need:
White glazed ceramic tiles – approximately 2″ x 2″
Rubber Stamps in Christmas or winter themes (can be purchased at a craft store)
Black Ink Pad
Sharpie Markers
Small amount of ribbon for hangers
Felt for backing (I used adhesive back sheets in red and green)

tile ornament 1 new

Using the rubber stamps and the black inkpad, stamp a design on the front of each tile. Make sure your tile is laying like a diamond shape when stamping on the design. Using the Sharpie markers, color in any areas you want to decorate. (You may want to wait just a little bit after stamping the design to do the coloring to make sure the stamped design has dried.)

You can also use the Sharpie markers to color a border around the edge of the tile.

Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon. Glue both ends of the ribbon to the top of the tile on the back side to form a hanger. Regular craft glue will work, but a glue gun makes the job go even quicker.

tile ornament backs

Use your tile as a pattern to cut a piece of felt for the backing. If you are using the adhesive backed felt, you can lay the tile on the paper side of the felt, trace around it with a pencil, and then cut it out, trimming as necessary to fit the tile nicely. Peel off the backing and stick to your tile, covering where you glued on the hanger. If you are using regular felt, simply use craft glue or a glue gun to attach the felt to the back of the tile.

Read the other posts in this series:

Christmas Craft Flashback #1 – Paint Stirrer Snowman

Christmas Craft Flashback #3 – Felt Gingerbread Men

Christmas Craft Flashback #4 – Mini  Spool Tree

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  1. Thank you for this great idea. Did you have to bake the tiles or use anything to “seal” the sharpie marker? OR is letting it dry sufficient?


    1. You don’t need to do anything special other than let the marker dry for a few minutes. Once the marker dries, it will not smear and will stay perfectly fine.