What is tile anyway? As it turns out, it doesn't have to be something you buy from the hardware store. With a little ingenuity, pretty much anything that's hard and nonporous and relatively flat (and some things that aren't) can become a tile. Case in point: these five projects that will have you looking at everyday objects with new eyes.
Above: It's not that unusual to see mosaics made from broken dishes, but this tiled step adds a quirky twist to this, with the handle of a broken teacup peeking playfully out from among broken bits of china. Photo from Frankie Magazine, via SF Girl by Bay.
And then there's this sculptural wall of pottery spotted on Marie Claire Maison, which takes mosaics to an entirely new level.
Spotted on Dezeen: a store installation with a wall covered in hundreds of dominoes. Clever.
You've seen penny tiles, but what about a tile floor made from actual pennies? There are actually quite a few people doing this, and some of them, like Kelly from Pretty Purple Door, have even used the variations in the colors of the pennies to create eye-catching patterns.
And then there's nickel tile, spotted in this DIY Seattle bathroom renovation. Costs five times as much, obviously, but maybe a good option for you if you really like the color, or just really like Thomas Jefferson.
Wet Dog Tile Co. uses things like starfish and shells as part of its custom tile installations, with beautiful results.