How to Make a Decorative Brick or Stone Yourself

How to Make a Decorative Brick or Stone Yourself

Wall decoration will cost several times cheaper than with purchased tiles.

How to make decorative polystyrene brick

The simplest option create decorative tiles to simulate brick or masonry, which requires a minimum of materials and tools. The only negative is that, due to the release of styrene and high combustibility, these tiles are undesirable to use in residential premises.

What is needed

  • Extruded polystyrene foam with a thickness of 20 mm;
  • sharp knife;
  • level;
  • pencil.

How to do

  1. Decide on the size of the tiles. A standard brick has a lateral surface of 250 × 65 mm, but it is not necessary to attach to it: the dimensions can be arbitrary.
  2. Using a level and a pencil, make a marking on the size of future tiles on the EPSS sheet.
  3. Cut the material with a sharp knife into pieces along the lines. This can be done both with level (if you need to get perfectly even edges), and simply by hand (if you want more naturalness).
  4. Cut the pieces in thickness so that of each one produces two thin tiles. Expanded polystyrene is quite dense, so it’s convenient to use a knife with cloves.
  5. Putting the blade at an angle, remove the bevel tiles along the contour. Trim the resulting halves, cutting off all that is superfluous from them. Or, conversely, give the surface a rougher look.
  6. Finished elements are fastened with a smooth surface to the wall close to each other or with a gap simulating a masonry seam. Then, if necessary, primed and painted.

How to make decorative drywall brick

The most popular alternative to expensive gypsum tiles. The manufacturing process is simple, but rather tedious, especially in large areas. The budget is minimal, since the cost is equal to the price of drywall, and even trimmings are used. Due to the ease of processing with such tiles, you can give any shape and texture if desired.

What is needed

  • Drywall of any thickness;
  • sharp knife;
  • level;
  • pencil.

How to do

  1. Choose the size of the bricks. You can observe the proportions of real materials or come up with something of your own.
  2. Draw on drywall with a pencil and line level in accordance with the selected dimensions.
  3. Use a sharp knife to cut the top layer of paper along the marked lines. Cutting perfectly evenly when applying a level is not necessary. It is enough to simply guide the blade along the marking: small deviations will only give individuality to each brick.
  4. Turn over the drywall, break it and cut the remaining paper on the back. Do not throw away short scraps: later they can be used as halves and small pieces of brick.
  5. If desired, you can additionally cut the corners of each tile along the contour, as well as make chips and scratches to give a unique texture.
  6. Finished tiles are fixed to the walls with tile adhesive close to each other or with the desired gaps. After the glue has dried, the top layer of paper is removed from the bricks – for this it is wetted and cleaned with a chisel . Then the surface is primed, after which it is varnished or painted in the desired color.

How to make plasterboard decorative stone with plastering

An improved version of the previous method. The basis of the tiles is the same GCR, but the texture is created by applying a layer of plaster. This method allows you to make thicker stones with a pronounced relief and eliminates the need to remove a layer of paper from drywall, which saves time with large volumes of work.

What is needed

  • Drywall of any thickness;
  • gypsum plaster;
  • primer;
  • putty knife;
  • plastic trowel (ironer);
  • sharp knife;
  • roller;
  • level.

How to do

  1. Using a roller, carefully drywall the primer on both sides and allow to dry.
  2. Take gypsum plaster and mix a small amount according to the instructions on the packaging.
  3. With a plastic trowel, apply a layer of plaster 3-4 mm on the surface of the gypsum plaster. Do not try to smooth it perfectly evenly, this is useless.
  4. Then, applying a trowel to the sheet, perform movements along the long side of the sheet to create the texture of the stone.
  5. Place a thin strip of plaster on the edge of the tool and, holding the trowel at an angle, touch the surface of the drywall to create stripe tops. This will give the stone imitation extra volume.
  6. As soon as the mixture dries a little and no longer sticks to your hands, mark future tiles with a pencil and level according to your chosen sizes.
  7. While applying the level to the drawn lines, draw a spatula blade along them. It is not necessary to cut drywall – just draw a layer of plaster.
  8. After the mixture has completely dried, cut the GCR with a knife along the lines indicated, and then break the sheet and cut the paper from the back. Trim the ends of the tiles with a knife or rubbing them together.
  9. Next, the surface of the tiles is primed again, painted in the desired color and attached to the walls with tile glue.

How to make a decorative stone from gypsum in a home-made form

Another way to obtain tiles is casting from a gypsum mixture. Production is even cheaper and easier. The simplest form with sides is made of a piece of chipboard, cable channel and film. Stones and bricks are obtained with the correct geometry and texture, not inferior to the purchased tile.

What is needed

  • Tile for sample;
  • gypsum;
  • bucket;
  • 5-6 liter plastic bottle;
  • piece of chipboard;
  • oilcloth;
  • fiberglass;
  • sponge for dishes;
  • cable channel 12 × 12 mm;
  • screws with a press washer;
  • plastic trowel;
  • putty knife;
  • roller;
  • screwdriver.

How to do

  1. First make the mold. To do this, find a suitable piece of chipboard or plywood. Take a tight oilcloth and cut it to the size of the base.
  2. Remove the covers from the cable channels and fasten the boxes around the perimeter of a piece of chipboard with screws, thus pressing on the oilcloth.
  3. Cut the cable duct covers into pieces to match the size of the tiles. Replace them, and then cut the boxes over them. Later, a spatula will be inserted into these slots to separate the bricks.
  4. Stir in a cropped plastic bottle of gypsum with water to the state of liquid sour cream and to add strength, add fiber. Instead, you can tear up a polypropylene bag and just cut the thread from the canvas.
  5. Pour the gypsum mixture into the mold and distribute it evenly. Tap lightly around the edges so that there are no voids. When the casting dries a little, stir it with a plastic trowel to give the texture of the stone.
  6. Divide not yet set gypsum into tiles. To do this, insert a long spatula into the slots of the frame and press. Blot the casting with a sponge for dishes to form a porous structure.
  7. Remove the frame from either side and remove the tiles one at a time. Carefully pick them up with a spatula and, if necessary, cut them at the joints with a knife.
  8. Next, the finished stones are primed and painted. Then they are attached to the walls with tile glue.

How to make decorative plaster brick in siding

An easy way to get quality castings without troubles with the manufacture of molds. As a matrix for tiles, a basement siding panel is used, the pattern can be selected at your discretion. Tiles are easily separated from vinyl, the elements are thin and very high quality.

What is needed

  • Basement siding;
  • gypsum;
  • PVA glue;
  • fiberglass;
  • putty knife.

How to do

  1. If the siding panel is long, cut it into two parts for convenience.
  2. Prepare a gypsum mixture at the rate of 0.6 l of water, 1 g of fiber and 100 g of PVA glue per 1 kg of gypsum. First dissolve the glue in cold water, add the fiber and mix well. Gradually add gypsum and bring the composition to a homogeneous mass.
  3. Turn the panel over and fill the mixture into the mold cavity. Tap on the edges of the matrix for better filling. Level the casting with a spatula by removing excess gypsum from the sides between the tiles.
  4. Wait for the blanks to dry completely. Keep the mold on its weight and, slightly bending, free the edges of the tiles, and then remove them whole.
  5. With a spatula, cut a thin crust along the contour of the tiles. Rinse the mold with water before cleaning it and remove any remaining gypsum.
  6. Then the stones are primed on both sides and laid on the wall with tile glue. If you are satisfied with the white color, it is enough to cover the surface with transparent varnish. If desired, the tiles can be painted.

How to make a decorative stone from plaster without a form

The most budgetary way and just perfect for those who do not want to bother. Tiles are cast without any form, right on the film. The desired layer is formed from the mixture, which is given the desired texture. Then the workpiece is divided into separate pieces with a spatula. Well suited for both rough stones and smooth bricks.

What is needed

  • Gypsum;
  • dense film;
  • putty knife;
  • marker.

How to do

  1. Make a stencil from a dense plastic film. Using a marker, draw a grid on it, the cells of which will correspond to the sizes of future tiles.
  2. Prepare the mixture. To do this, dissolve 9–10 tablespoons of gypsum with a slide in 0.5 l of water and stir until the consistency of liquid sour cream.
  3. Gently pour the gypsum onto the film so that part of the mesh around the perimeter remains visible, and evenly distribute the mixture over the surface with a spatula. Wait a bit until the gypsum begins to thicken, and smooth the edges of the fill, pulling the mixture to the previously outlined grid lines.
  4. Lightly touch the spatula to give the casting surface the desired texture. Too high crown can be smoothed or, conversely, make the stones as chaotic as possible.
  5. Trim the edges of the workpiece with a spatula, and then divide it into separate tiles with the corner of the tool, guided by the lines of the mesh screen.
  6. After the gypsum has hardened, raise the film and peel off the tiles, tearing them with a spatula. Clean the ends of the stones, cutting off the remnants of a thin crust.
  7. Finished elements are primed and fastened to the wall using tile glue. If necessary, the surface is painted or varnished.



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