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DIY Backsplash With Cricut Vinyl Tiles

Susan is a retired nurse, who has always loved art, music, and DIY crafting.

Would It Be Possible To Make Kitchen Tiles With My Cricut Machine?

I love my Cricut Explore machine. I have used it to make signs, banners, and T-shirts.

I have made projects for our home, camper, and also for our Church. A cutting machine solves the problem of imperfections that occur when cutting out multiples of letters or images. Everything is the right size, and looks professional.

I wanted to update my kitchen, and wondered if the Cricut would be able to help me.

Yes... I Found The Perfect Tile Pattern!

After opening my Cricut app, I did an image search for "tiles." I found the tile in the photo below, and immediately knew it was just what I was looking for!

In my earlier kitchen tile article, I showed how I made multicolored painted tiles on my kitchen walls. I still liked the multicolored tiles, but wanted to lighten up the kitchen with more white. This tile pattern allows the colors to show through, while updating with the white.

This is the tile pattern I used for my project.  It is available in Cricut design space.

This is the tile pattern I used for my project. It is available in Cricut design space.

Supplies Used In This Project

Ok. I found the perfect tile pattern! Here is a list of supplies needed to complete the tile backsplash.

1) Cricut or similar cutting machine, mat, and weeding tools.

2) Tile pattern as shown previously.

3) White vinyl, regular or removable. I do not recommend the permanent vinyl. I will explain why later.

4) Spray adhesive.

5) Epoxy resin

The Kitchen Before Starting My New Project

Note the solid color faux tiles.  I emptied the cabinets, so I could also update the cabinet finish.

Note the solid color faux tiles. I emptied the cabinets, so I could also update the cabinet finish.

Starting the Project

Now that my supplies were gathered I was ready to start making my tiles. I knew from the start that this was going to be a slow going project. I decided to take my time, and make sheets of four tiles. Usually, I cut four sheets of four tiles, at a time. Then, I weeded the excess vinyl from the pattern. I placed these 16 tiles on the kitchen wall before making anymore tiles.

This is when I found out NOT to use the permanent vinyl. Permanent vinyl is what I first tried. It was way too hard to weed this intricate pattern with the permanent vinyl. It also was not forgiving enough when placing it on the wall. If not placed perfectly on the first try, it would tear when trying to reposition it.

The regular vinyl or removable vinyl is much easier to weed, and can be repositioned. I lightly misted spray glue before putting it on the wall, and still found that I could reposition it.

The epoxy resin applied at the end of the project makes it permanent.

A Sheet of Four Tiles Before Weeding

I cut my tiles in sheets of four.

I cut my tiles in sheets of four.

Peeling from backing.

Peeling from backing.

Vinyl Tiles Video

Finishing the Project

After placing all the tiles, I coated the tiles with clear epoxy resin. I used the two step epoxy that is available in craft stores. The directions on the box were easy to follow. It is important to use the epoxy as soon as it is mixed.

I spent about three weeks working on this project. At the same time I was working on the tiles, I also spent time restaining the cabinets, and painting the white trim. I also sorted, and rearranged the interiors of the cabinets.

After completing the tile backsplash, and cabinet exterior, the next project I did was to redo the kitchen counters. I used epoxy resin for this. I will write another article detailing the counters.

Completed Kitchen Tile Backsplash and Cabinets

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