DIY Ideas: 13 Ways To Use Leftover Tiles

DIY Ideas: 13 Ways To Use Leftover Tiles

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Tess Wilson
Aug 1, 2017

Have you recently tiled a bathroom floor? Or your shower pan? Or your whole shower? If so, you probably have a few – or a lot of – leftover tiles. These 13 DIY projects will put them to very, very good use. And if you haven't recently tackled an ambitious tiling project, don't worry: pick out your favorite DIY to try and head to your favorite home improvement store to buy the appropriate number of single tiles.

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Carrera Hexagon Tile Coasters by Merriment Design

Gorgeous leftover Carrera marble tiles deserve a chance to shine on their own; backing each one with cut-to-size cork to create coasters lets them do just that. The juxtaposition of marble and cork is surprisingly appealing.

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Hexagon Tile Serving Tray by Always Rooney

If you have a handful of little hexagon tiles leftover, this project is perfect for you, especially since you can easily adjust the dimensions based on how many tiles you have.

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Tile Tabletop by Seeking Lavender Lane

If your tile project left you with an entire box of unneeded tile, don't regret overbuying! It just means you have the opportunity to make a gorgeous table like this one.

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Marble Tile Magnets by The Merrythought

Coordinate your fridge with your back-splash or floor by using leftover tiles to make sweet little magnets. This is a great way to showcase precious marble tiles, but it could do just as well with less prestigious tiles.

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Jewelry Hanger by The Blondilocks

This is another great project if you just have a few tiles leftover, and it works no matter how many tiles you've got. Paint the board the same color as your tiles for a sleekly monochromatic look, add hooks, and hang away.

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Honeycomb Tile Vase by Always Rooney

If your project leaves you with a sheet of tiles, roll it around a vase (a cheap number from the dollar store is perfect), fill in the spaces with grout, and voilà! Also, as this tutorial points out, this is a great, low-stakes way to get the hang of tiling without tackling a floor or wall.

Mixed Tiles and Glitter Grout IKEA Table Hack by Brit + Co

This project makes it clear that you'll want to add glitter to the grout in all of these DIYs. Glitter grout! Spice up your favorite cheapo IKEA table with three (or more) different types of leftover tile and the sparkliest grout in the land. It's surprisingly subtle, but with no lack in attention to detail.

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Mosaic Arched Window Frame by Mr. Kate

Use the leftover tiles from all of your tiling projects to create this graceful window frame—a great way to add character to a bare bones rental. And if you're not feeling super ambitious (or if you don't happen to own a jigsaw), simply use the tiling method described to mosaic an existing picture, mirror, or window frame.

Tiled Countertop by A Beautiful Mess

This tutorial is proudly saw-free, meaning you won't have to rent (and use) a tile saw if you can arrange your tiles correctly. And while the instructions will teach you how to tile all sides of a kitchen island or peninsula, you can simply tile the top.

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Tile Terrarium-Inspired Hurricanes by Brit + Co

If you have some leftover glass and/or mirrored tiles, give them some copper tape borders and solder them together to create candle holders in a variety of shapes and sizes. Bonus: These make great gifts, especially if you pop a little votive in them.

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Tile Photo Coasters by POPSUGAR

If your leftover tiles happen to be boring but you don't want them to go to waste, adorn them with photo, or even patterned scrapbook papers using Mod Podge. And if your leftover tiles happen to be actively ugly, cover them completely with photos printed the exact size of the tiles (or slightly larger, to cover the sides as well).

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80s-Inspired Tiled Planter by Dana Finnigan on Apartment Therapy

You could also spruce up plain tiles with Sharpie paint markers and use them to build a charming planter. If your drawing skills are excellent, show off by creating designs inspired by intricate Moroccan or Mexican tiles.

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Marble Tile Necklace by The Merrythought

Whilst you're beautifying your home, don't neglect yourself! Precious marble tiles can be epoxied to hand-cut brass sheet metal to create an amazing necklace – and while you're at it, provided you have enough tiles leftover, why not make a bunch for all your jewelry-loving friends?

What do you like to do with your leftover tiles?

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