Mom Thought She Ordered Too Much Tile, Until She Discovered Stunning New Ways To Use It

diy by Christina Caldwell 4/13/2016


So you ordered a few too many tiles. That's okay! Leftover tiles, even if it's just a few, have so many uses around the home. Get creative, because you don't want to let them go to waste!

Craft A Mosaic Planter

Whether your tiles are broken or you just want to take out some stress with a hammer, small, cracked tiles make beautiful mosaic pieces. Grab a terracotta planting pot and super glue broken tiles in a beautiful design for an instantly upgraded garden piece.

Mini Tile Trivet

Kitchen backsplashes are all the rage these days. If you DIYed your backsplash and ended up with a few too many tiles, make a coordinating trivet! These are so much prettier than regular pot holders. 


So Many Uses!

Blogger Sugar Bee Crafts will show you how to make these gorgeous and functional items.


Build A Planter Box

Travertine tiles are a beautiful addition inside, and now they can spruce things up outside! With five tiles, a bit of adhesive and these instructions from Decor It Darling, you'll have a super cheap and chic planter in seconds.


Create A Tray

Imagine breakfast in bed coming your way in this pretty tray. This DIY from The Proper Blog uses a wood tray from the dollar section in Target, spray paint and a few other common goods to craft this adorable and versatile brunch-worthy staple.

Vanity Tray

Upcycle tile into a pretty place to store all of your prettiest things! You'll need a tile, adhesive and two simple cabinet handles...

Simply Pretty

Keep your perfume, jewelry and cell phone all in one, easy-to-find place.

Ceramic Tile Napkin Holder

Those cute, decorative tiles don't have to go to waste just because they're not neutral. Use three of them to create a simple napkin holder, as Scrapbooks Crafts and Cards will show you how.

ceramic napkin holder side view

Garden Walkway

You walk on tile in your house, so why not in your garden? Step around fragile seedlings with ease by placing tiles in a pattern that fits your natural gait. It doesn't get any easier than this!


Easy Sharpie Art

Using a Sharpie, decoupage and your own creativity, you can create modern art like blogger 365 Says 2 Simplicity.

Adorn A Piece Of Old Furniture

If you need to spruce up a cabinet but painting just isn't your thing, glue old tiles on top. It's an instant pop of color that won't wear down easily.

Add A Surface To Wire Shelves

Finally, those spice packets can feel right at home! Prevent smaller goods from slipping through the shelves by adding tiles on top. This is so simple and so genius.


DIY Coasters

Decoupage your favorite images onto small, plain tiles for the easiest DIY coasters ever! We'd love to show you how.


So Fresh!

Who knew a basic tile could become such a pretty, prized object?


DIY House Numbers

Using the same method as the coasters above, you can decoupage your chosen number images onto tiles that look amazing next to the front door. (Plus, the pizza delivery guy will find you even quicker. Win-win!)

Creative Panels

If you have an eclectic home, this cracked tile DIY will fit in quite well. Smash up old, colorful tiles and glue the pieces onto the panels in your home for a subtle and colorful touch.

Make A Quirky Ring

You don't just have to keep tiles in the house. You can wear them on your body, too! Sand down the edges of a broken tile and add them to a cheap, simple ring for a quick fashion DIY.


Tile Time

Whether you want to use your tile indoors, outdoors or even as a new fashion accessory, the ideas for leftover tile are endless. Get those old tiles out of storage, because you have some crafting to do!

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