I am a gamer and I still love my old 8-bit video games. I still use my Nintendo. I love to mix gaming with crafts. For my best friend’s birthday, I decided to try to make 8-bit wall art using wall tiles. I got lucky and found tiny glass tiles 75% off at Lowes, but you can use tiny ceramic tiles that are beyond cheap. Check out the tips section for more information on the tiles you can use.
I will show you how I made my 8-bit life heart wall art, but you can use any 8-bit image you want. The process is the same.
What You Need:
- 8-bit image
- Small ceramic tiles
- Permanent markers
- Craft glue
- Foam board
- Sandwich bags
- X-acto knife
1) Print your 8-bit image so you have it as a guide. If your image doesn’t have a grid pattern on it already, draw one using a pencil and ruler. You need to see each “pixel” so you know what color to make each tile.
2) Count how many tiles you need for each color of your image. For example, my image had black, red, and white. I counted all the black pixels and then put that many tiles into a sandwich bag that I labeled “black.” I did the same with the red and white.
3) Color the tiles using the markers. I colored the top of each tile in the “black” bag the color black, and all the reds I colored red. For white, I left the tiles as they were.
4) Glue the tiles to the foam board starting at the top left corner and working to the right. Glue the tiles in the same order as your 8-bit image. If the first pixel in the top left corner is white then glue a white tile to the board. When you get to a colored pixel, glue that colored tile to the board.
5) Continue to glue the tiles to the board following the image and completing one row at a time.
6) Place heavy books over the glued tiles and let it sit for at least 24 hours.
7) Cut off the remaining foam board using an Xacto knife. Cut as close to the tiles as possible so you don’t see the foam board at all.
1) You can purchase small ceramic tiles in bulk. They are usually as small as 1/2″ to 3/4″. Most stores, though, sell these tiles in sheets. The tiles are all together in a 12″ by 12″ square, for example. One square will net you over 300 tiles. Use an X-acto knife to the cut the tiles from the square.
2) You can coat the finished 8-bit image using Mod Podge to help seal in the color. Make sure it is a glossy Mod Podge and to spread it over the tiles smoothly or else your image will be bumpy.
3) I used Sharpies for coloring the tiles. You can use any permanent marker or even paint markers.
4) I used Mod Podge to glue the tiles. You can use super glue or rubber cement if you’re worried about the tiles staying put. Here’s the thing: The tiles are rough on the back for gluing to your bathroom floor. The foam is smooth, but porous. They make great gluing cousins and Mod Podge is a strong craft glue. It’s up to you, though.
Hang the finished 8-bit art using picture frame holders. Make sure to use more than one because the tiles will make the art heavy. Alternatively, if you use ceramic tiles, you could make cup coasters.