Letter Tiles: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That is one of my most favorites memes on the Internet at this present time. But I won’t lie…the following DIY project for your classroom does take time. Like, a few hours. So maybe a more appropriate title would have been “Ain’t Nobody Got Money For That” because that’s where this whole project started.

Pinterest. We all love it. For everything. Everything in life. Except when you find something that is just too expensive. Like letters for literacy stations. I realize there are good deals out there sometimes, but I wanted letters NOW and was feeling a little crafty.

I wanted to make some letter tiles for my students to use to build sight words and names of their classmates. Michael’s was expensive and they didn’t have the right size of tiles I wanted. The Dollar Store was a bust as there were no rocks, gems, wooden pieces or anything that I could use. So I picked up some tile from Home Depot. It cost $5.99 for 36 tiles.


I flipped it over and scored that mesh on the back. Yenno, the mesh that would normally make the grout stick to it and all.


For the majority of the tiles, it peeled off fairly easily. I ended up using pliers to start it off so it would ruin my nails. YES I need to repaint them.


With a foam brush, I applied a little Mod Podge on the front of the tile.


Then I stuck the letter on. These are just letters I printed out on regular white paper and cut up.


Then I let them dry.


For two sets of capital letters and three sets of lowercase letters, this project cost me $25. I already had the Mod Podge and foam brush from other projects, so I just needed to get the tiles. That’s A LOT less expensive than the letter sets I’ve seen online costing up to 100$ for that amount of letters. And I ain’t got money for that.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JL
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 19:05:59

    How do you store the tiles? Do you have them organized or just all mixed up?


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