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What to Do with Leftover Tile: DIY Projects for Your Home

Buying extra tile for a project is often wise to cover any errors or breakage during installation. However, if you find extra tile after completing your backsplash or shower, think about ways to use it creatively instead of discarding it. Using leftover tile, you can transform plain furniture and make unique decor with these inventive DIY projects.

For any project you decide on, choosing a tile format and size that minimizes the need for cuts is beneficial. For instance, mosaic squares of 1 inch or ½ inch on mesh netting work well for various projects because you can easily cut them to size with heavy-duty scissors.

DIY tile projects

Discover how to give new life to the leftover pieces from your kitchen or bathroom makeover with these imaginative projects involving leftover tile!

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Tile Coffee Table

Tiling tables is an innovative way to upgrade them. Often, people purchase new tiles for this purpose, but leftover tiles can also give coffee tables a unique touch. The number of tiles required varies with the table’s dimensions.

If you’re working with porcelain or ceramic tiles, the process is easy. Applying adhesive to the table allows you to place the tiles in your desired pattern. If you have broken tile pieces, you can creatively incorporate them into your design before the adhesive sets.

After the adhesive has dried and the tiles are securely in place, the next step is grouting. Ensure that all gaps are filled adequately with grout. Following the application of grout, a damp sponge can be used to gently clean the tile surfaces.

tile coffee table

Tile Serving Tray or Trivet

Turning a single tile or a section of a larger mosaic into a serving tray or trivet is a creative project that requires basic woodworking skills. Begin by cutting a piece of plywood that matches the size of your tile, plus room for trim. Ensure the plywood is thick and durable enough to support the tile weight.

Next, use liquid nails to secure the tile to the center of the plywood. For the frame, cut quarter-round trim with 45-degree angles at each corner, then paint it and wait for it to dry. If your project includes a mosaic, apply grout between the tiles and allow it to dry.

Afterwards, glue the trim around the edges of the plywood to create a frame. Use clamps to hold the molding in place until it dries completely. For a final touch, consider attaching felt pads underneath to protect your table surfaces.

DIY tile serving Tray or trivet

Tile Coasters

This DIY project is perfect for any large square tiles you have lying around, making them ideal for coasters! A tile measuring 3 to 4 inches square can easily become a coaster for your home or a thoughtful housewarming gift.

You only need the tiles, cork backing, or velvet patches for a sleek finish. Attach your chosen material to the back of the tile with craft glue; there you have it—your very own tile coaster.

Tile Plant Vase for a New Centrepiece

A creative idea for plant lovers is to give your plant vase a makeover, turning it into an eye-catching centrepiece. Glass mosaic tiles are perfect for this project, allowing you to use whole and broken pieces for a stunning effect on the vase’s surface.

Start by attaching the tiles to the vase with adhesive. Feel free to get creative with your tile arrangement. Once you’ve placed all the tiles and the adhesive has dried, apply grout between the tiles with care. Clean off any excess grout with a slightly wet sponge. This will leave you with a beautifully refreshed centrepiece.

For glass mosaic tiles, consider using super glue to ensure a strong hold.

DIY Tile-Based Planter

Tile Bedroom Headboard

Revitalize the look of your bed by using leftover tiles on your headboard, giving your bedroom a fresh appearance. A tiled headboard can add a distinctive touch, especially with tiles that feature bold and bright colors.

Porcelain or mosaic tiles with patterns are ideal for this project. Begin by painting the headboard in a color that complements your design—white works well with most styles. Next, spread a thin adhesive layer on the headboard using a trowel, then start placing the tiles. This is your chance to be creative and arrange the tiles in the most appealing way.

Finish by applying grout to fill the gaps between the tiles, enhancing your headboard’s look and durability. Remember to consider the color of the grout, as it can impact the overall aesthetic.

DIY Tile Bedroom Headboard

Tile Magnets

Everyone needs more magnets, right? Using leftover tiles to make custom magnets is a fun project for your kitchen or office. Making tile magnets is very easy, and they can be wonderful handmade gifts. You can cut larger pieces into smaller ones or attach magnets directly to the back of any size of leftover tile for a fast and simple DIY project.

DIY Tile Magnets

Enhance Your Bathroom Mirror

Refresh your bathroom mirror is a cost-effective and straightforward project! Using leftover tiles to update a mirror brings a new look effortlessly. Mosaic tiles, with their textured finish, are particularly appealing. Combining stone, glass, or marble tiles allows for a unique blend that can match various bathroom themes.

To quickly customize your mirror, cut the tile sheet into strips using scissors to fit your frame. After arranging them to your liking:

  • Attach them to the mirror’s frame with adhesive.
  • Wait for it to dry.
  • Apply grout between the tiles.
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