Cement tiles are a popular decorative tile in and around homes and businesses. While you can buy cement tiles, you can also make your own cement tiles with a little bit of work. You will be able to use the cement tiles you have made either indoors or outdoors. Cement tiles are typically made for outdoor patios and flooring inside of homes. If you are interested in making your own cement tiles, you do not have to be craft savvy.
Purchase tile moulds. You will need a tile mould in order to make your cement tiles. Molds come in a variety of sizes and designs. Molds are measured in inches, and the most common size for floor tiles is 9-by-9. You can purchase tile moulds from home improvement stores and speciality store like The Mold Store (see Resources). Most moulds come in a set of 3. For a 36-foot-by-36-foot patio, you would need to buy 16 sets of moulds.
Prepare your mould for filling. When you are going to make your cement tiles, you will need to prepare the moulds for filling. You do not want the cement to stick in the moulds, so you will need to spray some vegetable oil in the mould. You will only need a light coating of the oil, so do not overdo it. If you get too much oil, you can use a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. This will ensure that the cement tile releases from the mould when it is dry.
Mix your cement. You can purchase a 2.27kg. bag of cement mix at your local home improvement or hardware store. You will also need a mixing container, such as a large bucket, and something to mix with, like a shovel. You will mix up the cement according to the directions on the bag, which will be to add water to the mix in a container. You do not want to add too much water, though, so be sure to follow the precise directions on the packaging of the cement mix. Your mixture will not be runny; instead, it will look like thick toothpaste. If you want to make coloured cement tiles, you can add a liquid dye to the water before adding it to the mix. You can also get the dye from a local home improvement store.
Fill your moulds with cement. You will need to fill your moulds with cement. The standard thickness for floor tiles, including patio tiles, is 1/2". You need to make sure all of the tiles are the same thickness. The Mold Store recommends using an empty 1304gr container of frozen juice to get the perfect amount of cement in each mould. Be sure to get all bubbles out of the mould by slightly shaking the mould to help the cement settle.
Leave the moulds to dry. Your cement-filled moulds will need to dry for at least a day. The longer you can let them dry and set-up the better. However, you should not leave them longer than 30 days. Cover the mould with plastic for the best results.
Remove the tiles from the moulds. Once you have let the cement tiles dry, you are ready to demold them, or remove them from the moulds. To demold simply flip over the mould on a flat surface and pry up the edges to release the mould from the tile. If you have problems, try pressing in the centre and the corners to ease the tile out of the mould.
Cure the tiles. When the tiles are out of the mould they will need to cure for at least a week. Place plastic over the tiles and let them sit to sure. Before using your tiles you should apply a protective sealer to it. You can get this from your local home improvement or hardware store. Apply according to directions on packaging.