Leftover floor tiles can be really handy if you’re looking for home improvement projects that require little money. They can be used to make wall hangings, ink and paint stamps, and much more. Although various decorating techniques can make use of the leftover tiles, if you don’t happen to have any on hand, you can purchase them at a reasonable price. Home improvement stores have somewhat high prices on the tiles but you can get a better deal on ones from a dollar-themes store. Whether you buy the tiles or you already have them on hand you can make some serious improvements in a room simply by using the tiles to make ceiling medallions. The medallions easily attach to most any ceiling and you can make the arrangement in many different ways.
A ceiling medallion is simply a decorative piece you place in the middle of a ceiling which has no ceiling fixtures. The design you make for the medallion is extra easy because of the peel-n-stick feature of the tiles. Since the tiles are easily cut with scissors, and you need no tools, you’ll be able to make a ceiling medallion with no trouble. When you’re finished the room you make the medallion for will look completely different!
There are so many different ways to make a ceiling medallion or even ceiling art. Start with one full tile or a partial tile. Start with the square shape of the tile or make cut it into a different shape. Start with a block of four tiles if you want something much larger. There are literally no limits to the various designs you can create. Decide on how large you want to make the medallion and mark the very center of the ceiling with chalk or a pencil. It’s important that you find the exact center of the ceiling.
Start by either sticking one or more tiles on the ceiling or by cutting one or more of the tiles to a different shape. For example, huddle four squares together to form a block or cut four tiles into large circles and butt them together. Decide to use the tiles as-is or use a material to create a border for the design. Small-diameter roping, particularly plastic cord, works well to make a border. The roping can be attached by using a hot glue gun or by using double-sided tape or glue strips.
After the first layer of the medallion is finished you can move on to make the second layer. For this layer it’s a nice look if you cut the tile(s) into a shape and size unlike the previous layer. So, if you used four square tiles in a block form you might now opt for a large circle right in the middle of that block. However, if you butted four circles together, you can still select yet another circle, but attach it in the center of the four circles already mounted. Other shapes you can choose include diamond shapes, ovals and even triangles.
Between each layer of tiles you’ll need “spacers” that will keep the tiles from sticking together. It doesn’t really matter if the tiles stuck together but you’ll create more dimension if you use the spacers. Spacers can be buttons, small wooden blocks, foam blocks, folded cardboard pieces or similar items. Simply attach the spacers to the backside of the second tile set and stick them to the first set. This will leave a space between the two layers yet visitors won’t be able to see the spacers.
You’ll decide on how many tiers you want the ceiling medallion to have. Make two, three or even more tiers. Just make each layer at least a little smaller than the previous one and be sure to use the spacers. When you’ve added as many layers as you want you can finish with a different piece altogether. Home improvement stores are full of wrought iron pieces, plastic shapes, drawer knobs and more. These items can help you give a finished look to the ceiling medallion that’s stunning. You’ll also find useable pieces at a craft store, like painted wooden shapes, Styrofoam balls (paint them first) or even foil-type scrapbook papers.
The ceiling art is striking and very cheap to make. When it comes time to remove it just peel it off. If that proves harder than it should be simply heat the tile with a blow dryer before peeling it off the ceiling. The medallions look great on flat ceilings but don’t work well for textured ceilings or even ceilings covered in paneling. You’ll love the new look, though, and you’ll be glad to have a way to use up those leftover vinyl floor tiles.