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Four Seasons Tiles
By Patty Cox

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Create these decorative dimensional tiles using foam core and tissues maché.

Main supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Glue-All®
  • Elmer’s® Foam Board – cut into 4 5” x 5 ½” rectangles
  • Elmer’s® Galactic Glue™
  • FloraCraft® 2 ½ Styrofoam® ball
  • Non-bleeding tissue paper
  • Construction paper

Basic Supplies:

  • Sponge brush
  • Fiskars® paper punches – snowflakes, leaves, tulips, butterflies, hearts, daisies
  • Fiskars® ¼” hole punch
  • Disposable plastic bowl
  • Plastic craft knife
  • Newspaper


  1. Cut four 5” x 5 ½” rectangles from foam board. Mix one part glue and one part water in a disposable bowl.
  2. Place foam board on newspaper. Paint one foam board with glue and water mixture. Place 6” x 6 ½” sky-colored tissue paper over top surface of foam board. Paint glue mixture over entire tile front. Tissue edges will be folded back later when the tile is dry. Allow tissue edges to fall and stick to newspaper.
  3. Paint lower 1” of tile with glue and water mixture. Add tissue ground covering. This can be applied flat like the mowed summer lawn, or crumpled like the snow. Brush more glue mixture over tissue. Optional: Apply glitter glue over the winter scene.
  4. Cut or tear 3” x 5” pieces of brown tissue paper. Twist each lengthwise into a 5” twist. Dip each twist into glue mixture. Arrange on tile front as portions of the tree trunk (on spring and summer) and as branches (fall and winter). Tear shorter pieces of twist to add smaller branches. Brush over tree trunks and branches with glue and water mixture.
  5. Cut a 2 ½” foam ball in half with a plastic craft knife. Apply glue on flat sides of foam. Stick one half of ball on the summer tile and the other half of the ball on the spring tile. Brush glue mixture over foam ball and tile front. Add flat and crumpled pieces of green tissue paper over and around foam ball. Continue brushing glue over each new layer of tissue.
  6. Punch shapes form construction paper. Add snowflakes, hearts, leaves, butterflies, tulips and daisy blossom on tiles. Brush over tiles with glue and water mixture. Allow tiles to dry.
  7. Trim tissue edges ¼” al around tile. Remove tiles from newspaper backing. Glue edges to tile sides, folding and tucking tissue at each corner.

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