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If your husband or children won't come out of their caves- make the caves more bearable! These petroglyph tablets are made using ceiling acoustic tiles. That's right! Finally, a great way to decorate your walls with those spare tiles. Just tear the edges, add some paint and voile! An artifact from the stone age. Because of their inexpensive cost (just 50 cents at the hardware store), your tiles can change along with your children. As they grow into and out of room themes, these simple tiles add a bit of fun and flair to any room.


stenciling supplies
  • 2 -12" ceiling tiles (smooth texture)
  • 1/4" and 1/2" stencil brushes
  • Utility knife
  • Paint brush
  • Cream colored acrylic or latex paint (not flat or glossy)
  • Sea Sponge
  • Glaze (Plaid or Delta)
  • SY20 Petroglyphs stencil
  • Hammertooth picture hangers

(2 oz. Liquid Acrylics by Apple Barrel unless otherwise noted)

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Cut one of the ceiling tiles in half. Break the edges of the ceiling tile and then tear at the front and the back so that the edges appear rough.

Tear edges of ceiling tile - click for larger view

Painting Instructions

  1. Using a semi-gloss or eggshell paint, base coat the top and torn edges of the tiles.
paint tile - Click for larger view
  1. Mix the Territorial Beige F02425 with glaze and using the sea sponge apply lightly to the top of the tile. Using a barely damp sea sponge, soften the sponged effect.
  1. Using the coffee bean f940 and a small amount of the glaze, paint the darker color Brown Oxide on the torn edges to give dimension to your project.
  1. Using the Petroglyphs stencil SY20, decide which characters you want to use and where they will be stenciled.
  2. Position your stencil and stiple your paint onto the tile. Use the paint lightly as these characters have been on the cave walls for thousands of years. You can always add more color if you choose.
Paint through stencil - Click for larger view
  1. To mount the tile, push the hammer tooth picture hangers into the back of your tile and mount on your walls.
Paint through stencil - Click for larger view


Use the tiles and low tack blue tape mark a frame around the edge of the tile. Paint in a bright color such as red, blue, yellow or green. Then stencil a design, such as an Airplane for a younger child. Use a train stencil and paint a different railroad car on each tile and very the heights when mounting on the wall. How about something pretty in pink for that little girl like Zany Flowers A371S.

Ceiling tiles can be purchased in different sizes and I have even used the 2' x 4" to make wall hangings for more grown up projects like an ancient vase or urn.

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