Aleene’s Bread Dough Mosaic Tile Frame by EcoHeidi Borchers

Aleene's Bread Dough Mosaic Frame by EcoHeidi Borchers

Created by EcoHeidi Borchers, Aleene’s Bread Dough is the perfect air dry clay for this bright and whimsical tiled frame. Stamp the clay with your favorite designs, color with craft chalk and you have a beautiful one-of-a-kind frame. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Bread Dough Mosaic Tile Frame video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (in the Gold bottle)
Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer – Matte Finish
White bread (crust removed)
Acrylic paint – white
Cold cream – we prefer Ponds Cold Cream
Shower-to-Shower Body Powder
Plastic cup
Measuring spoon – tablespoon
Craft sticks
Plastic rolling pin – approximately 9″ wide (these rolling pins are available for use with polymer clay or you can create one from cut pvc pipe)
Blue masking tape
Zip top bags
Craft chalk
Rubber stamps (bold designs work the best)
Wood frame (or surface of your choice)

1. Tear 1 piece of bread (crust removed) into small pieces into plastic cup. Add 1 tablespoon of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue and a dab of cold cream to the cup. Add about 10 drops of acrylic paint. Mix with craft stick until a dough ball starts to form.

2. Rub hands with cold cream. Once a ball forms, remove from cup and place into hand. The dough will still be very sticky and messy at this point. Begin to knead the dough until it changes into a smooth ball. This should take about 5 minutes of kneading until the stickiness is gone and your hands are clean and you have a smooth ball of dough. If the dough is still sticky, add another dab of cold cream.

3. Place dough into zip top bag to store. Repeat to mix desired amount of dough balls. (I used four slices for the pieces on this frame.)

4. Tape piece of wax paper to work surface. The next step will be to create a raised surface that you will roll on in order to create a specific thickness of dough.You will be using stacked craft sticks to raise the rolling pin off the work surface.

5. Measure and mark two lines approximately 7″ apart on wax paper. Lay craft sticks on lines. Stack craft sticks two high. Tape in place on wax paper. This will be the raised surface that you use to roll the dough.

6. Remove dough balls from zip bag. Knead to re-condition. Gently press into a thick pancake. Sprinkle wax paper with powder. Place dough onto wax paper between craft sticks.

7. Rub powder onto rolling pin. Place rolling pin across raised craft stick surface and begin to roll dough.  Roll until dough is consistent thickness.

8. Sprinkle powder onto rubber stamp. Brush away excess powder with brush. Press stamp into dough.

9. Cut around stamped design with knife or scissors.

10. Set stamped cut design on wax paper to dry overnight. Turn over and let dry overnight again. You want to be certain that the dough air drys completely before moving on to next step.

11. Rub stencil brush into craft chalk to pick up color. Rub brush onto desired area of stamped design. Gently blow away excess chalk dust. To clean brush, rub off excess chalk onto paper towel. Repeat to pick up additional colors and apply to stamped designs.

12. When all pieces are colored with chalk and you have blown away the excess chalk dust, spray with Aleene’s Sealer Matte Finish. Let pieces dry completely and then glue onto frame or desired surface.

Bread Dough Mosaic Frame by EcoHeidi Borchers - P

About Tiffany Windsor

Born into an artistic, entrepreneurial family, it is no surprise that Tiffany has found success expressing her talents in many different arenas. As the daughter of Aleene Jackson, America’s beloved “Mother of Crafting” and inventor of Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Tiffany’s first love is expressing herself creatively. Tiffany is well known in the creative community as the producer and host of Aleene’s Creative Living Television show and editor of the companion newsstand magazine. She has made regular appearances on QVC and HSN and has authored numerous hard-cover and soft-cover books. She is an active member of the Craft and Hobby industry and co-director of the CHA SoCal Chapter. Tiffany is the founder of Cool2Craft, featuring an on-line creative community and popular YouTube channel. -


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  2. noeline macarthur - password - lucyone says:

    Aileen’s description of Aileen’s Bread Dough Mosai was very thorough. I have been trying to buy Ponds Cold Cream for some time. Would you be good enough to tell me where I could buy it before attempting some of your interesting hobbies. It is impossible to buy it in Perth, Western Australia. Thanking you. Noeline Macarthur.

  3. I am on vacation today but can’t wait to get home and try this!! I have wanted to find an affordable way to do picture frames for a long time and this seems to be a perfect solution!!

  4. Perfectly beautiful! I love this artistic craft! Thanks for sharing the steps in making such a wonderful mosaic tile frame! I would really love to try this thing.

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