Recipe / Photo Holder

By Noreen Doll.

Recipe / Photo Holder by Crafty Journal

Make an easy recipe / photo holder with a tile, a sticker, and Mod Podge.

Wouldn’t this be a cute gift for kids to make for Mom or Grandma, to give with their photo attached?

Recipe / Photo Holder by Crafty Journal

This holder could also be used for messages, notes, or small art works done by your kids.

Instead of a sticker for the front, you could cut out a small picture.

The 2 inch square ceramic tiles come on a sheet of 36 tiles. I chose a sheet that had some broken ones because I was using them singly.

I asked for, and received, a good discount because they could not sell broken ones.


2 inch Square Tile

Small Sticker or Picture

Mod Podge

2 inch Long Spring Type Clothespin

E6000 Glue



Sponge Brush

Instructions for the Recipe / Photo Holder

1. Cut the tiles apart and cut the glue away from the sides of the tiles.

Wipe the tile with a damp cloth to remove dust or dirt.

2. Select the sticker or photo you want to put on the tile.

3. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the tile.

Immediately add the sticker or picture.

You have a few seconds to move the sticker around to center it. Smooth your finger around the edges to be sure they are all flat and stuck to the tile.

4. Gently apply a layer of Mod Podge over the sticker and the entire top of the tile.

5. Let dry. Use a hair dryer set on low to speed drying.

Keep moving the dryer around and don’t hold it in one place.

Let it finish drying for 15 or 20 minutes.

6. Add one more layer of Mod Podge, brushing in the opposite direction. Let dry.

7. After it is completely dry, turn it over and sign and date the tile on the back with a Sharpie or other permanent ink pen.

(I forgot to take the photo when I signed it before adding the clothespin – so took the picture after the clothespin was added.)

8. Using E6000 or a glue of your choice, attach the clothespin to the center of the back – with the opening end up.

The bottom of the clothespin should be about 1/4 of an inch or so up from the bottom of the tile to allow the tile to lean back slightly when it is used.

Allow the glue to dry.

Set the recipe / photo tile up and add a photo, note, or recipe to the top of the clothespin.


Also make decoupage tile coasters with the same method.

decoupage tile coasters

Decoupage Tile Coasters


Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Since we had already started using the four packs that we bought at Ben Franklin, I needed to get more packs of the exact same sized clothespins to add to our collection (which sadly meant places like Target and the dollar store were out due to only carrying pins that were too large or too small). So I decided to hit up the same Ben Franklin from before [Marker “B” above] hoping they had been restocked. They hadn’t. Zero clothespins secured.

  2. Cute idea…would look cute on the Thanksgiving table as a place card holder!

  3. That’s a fun idea!

  4. Super cute idea,pinning for later use. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing them at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  6. What a great idea. I might do something similar for my scrapbook

  7. Great idea – would also make wonderful placecard holders. Joining from Inspire me Monday –

  8. What are brilliant idea, love it!!

  9. Another great idea Noreen!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. This is SO fabulously cute and simple!

  11. Love this! Totally cute:)

  12. Cute idea! :-)

  13. What a fun idea…I never would have thought of it…thanks for sharing it at our Linky Party!

  14. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing over at tip-toe thru tuesday.

  15. Noreen,
    Super cute idea. This is the perfect craft for our Thanksgiving craft we do. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. These are such a clever way to display recipes! Love the little elf you chose to decorate your tile!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  17. love that. it stands up all on its own without any trouble. cute and interesting.

  18. Hi Noreen,
    What a great idea. I would never have thought of this. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a great Thanksgiving.

  19. Thank you for sharing your project on A Crafty Soiree! I’ve featured yours in the newest one, up this week on Wednesday at 12 midnight EST instead of our usual Thursday because of Thanksgiving. Please come see it and share some more of your craftiness!

  20. Love this idea and that you can modge podge anything to it for different occasions! Thanks for the tutorial, you’ve been featured! Can’t wait to see more of your other amazing projects!


  21. What a great idea and seems fairly easy that even a craft challenged person like me could make these. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  22. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Great idea-pinning! Thanks so much.

  23. I love this! Any idea how long the Mod Podge and glue take to dry? This could be a great craft for Scouts!

  24. If you used a hair dryer for a few minutes, it would probably be dry enough in 15 – 20 minutes to add a second coat, with another 15 – 20 minutes for the second coat of Mod Podge to dry.

    What would take the most time to dry would be the E6000 glue for the clothespin on the back (24 hours would be best), and the kids should not be using it anyway. My thought would be to have the kids do everything but adding the clothespin in one session (you could have more than one hair dryer to dry the Mod Podge), and after they leave you can add the clothespin with the E6000. Be sure they put their names on the back before they go. By next meeting the holders will be ready for the kids to take home.

    Hope you have a fun crafting session with the kids. I would love to see a photo of their results!


  25. What a fun idea! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls

  26. Such a cute idea! What a great way to say Happy Holidays to someone…thanks for sharing!

  27. Such an adorable craft! I love it. Thanks for sharing with the Happy Holidays Link Party!

  28. Such a cute idea. I love it! Can this be done on the larger tiles used for making coaster’s? Assuming a larger clothes pin would be needed?

  29. It sounds like it would work – but the clothespin would have to be as tall as the tile for the tile to be able to stand. And you could use 2 clothespins spaced a little apart if one seems too flimsy.

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