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Sealife Tiles
Designed by Kristin Ball

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Main supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Tempera Paint Pots
  • Elmer’s® Clear School Glue
  • Elmer’s® Foam Board
  • Elmer’s® X-acto® Knife

Basic Supplies:

  • Graphite Pencil
  • Permanent felt pen
  • Transfer paper
  • Tape
  • Paper towels/ make up sponges can also be used for applying the tempera paint
  • Ruler
  • Pop top – for hanger
  • Foil
  • Paper

Snail Pattern (PDF)
Crab Pattern (PDF)
Lobster Pattern (PDF)


  1. Use the ruler and pencil to mark off three 8 ½” squares on the foam board.  Have an adult use X-acto knife to cut the squares.
  2. Place paper over the pattern then use the felt pen to trace the design.  Flip over the paper and re-trace the lines with graphite pencil.
  3. Position the pattern, pencil lines side down, on the square then press in place.  A small piece of tape can be used to hold in place if needed.  Run a finger tip along the lines to transfer the pattern to the board.  Carefully lift the pattern corner making sure it has transferred, if not, add more pressure along the line.  Remove the pattern.
  4. Start flow of Clear Glue on the paper towel using an even pressure on the bottle for a smooth line, and to get used to flow of glue.  Place the tip of the bottle on the board and follow along the lines of the pattern leaving an even line of glue.  Squeeze heavily for thick lines and lightly for thin.  Keep the tip of the bottle wiped with paper towels for a smooth line.  Complete each design on the board and let thoroughly dry.
  5. Squeeze a puddle of Orange and Red Tempera paint on foil.  Crumple a paper towel then dip into orange paint.  Press the towel in the center of the crab design. Then, working quickly, fill in the center using a swirling motion.  Dip the same towel into red and swirl on remainder of the board, blending colors where they meet. Make sure paint is worked into all areas covering up white.  Use a clean crumpled paper towel to pounce a small amount of red paint at the corners.  Dip into orange and pounce lightly onto the body of the crab creating depth. 
  6. Cover your finger with paper towel, dip into red paint then swipe along edge for a finished look.  Let dry. 
  7. Snail: Green center, Blue edges.  Lobster: Red center, Purple edges.  Let dry.
  8. To create a hanger for the tiles, slightly bend a pop-top in half.  Flip over the tile.  Squeeze a small puddle of Tacky Glue and center toward the top edge of the tile.  Press the pop top into place imbedding the bottom half into glue.  Let dry. 

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