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Crafts Using Tiles

There are many ways to ways to use and repurpose ceramic and glass tiles to create something unique. This guide contains crafts using tiles.


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May 6, 2008

Trivets or small hot pads made from tiles.

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Purchase tiles of any shape or size to fit your decor. Purchase packs of cork, or rubber self sticking pads. Put the pads on the bottom of the tile and you have instant trivets/hotpads.

There are so many tiles out there now you can match any decor. This is also usually much cheaper than buying trivets or hotpads.

The first picture is my hotpad made out of a slate tile. This is the underside of the slate tile that has the pads glued on them. The second is the top side.

By Susan from Mulberry, FL

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May 6, 20080 found this helpful

great idea!

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June 20, 20160 found this helpful

Decoupaged Ceramic Tiles

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This is a guide about decoupaging ceramic tiles. Decoupage is one method for making decorative ceramic tiles.


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Recycled Tile Bookends

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This is a guide about making recycled tile bookends. Using either new or leftover wall tiles, you can make a cute and inexpensive set of bookends.


December 27, 2011

Tile with stenciled duct tape ready for painting.

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I have covered the back of a tile with white duct tape. I made a frame of duct tape too around the tile. I then put stencils on it, with a purple ink pen.


July 2, 20130 found this helpful

Painted Tile Craft

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This guide is about painted tile crafts. A personalized, unique message or picture can be painted on a tile.


April 25, 20050 found this helpful

For an unusual looking planter, take 5 bathroom or floor tiles and glue together with epoxy (4 sides and 1 bottom).

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

I have one lonely 12x12 ceramic tile that I found the other day. It's beautiful and I don't want to throw it out. Does anyone have any ideas for a craft that I could use to display this beautiful tile with that doesn't require a lot of other items?

I thought about making a notepad holder somehow by adding a small pad and pen but I've run out of ideas. I'd like to make something with it and have it on my counter.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Yvonne from Ontario

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December 22, 20070 found this helpful

If you have a good light background pic thaqt you like (family pic maybe) you can put that on the tile. I have done this with the 4X4 tile and made coasters for my mother with her great-grandkids on these. I have also done a family portrait on a 6x6 tile and set in a display holder. If you are interested email to simpsond @

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January 19, 20080 found this helpful

I got a a hand painted ceramic tile with a plexiglass covering, that I use as a cheese board, bread board, and I also do hot brie cheese and fruits on it. I love it.

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April 15, 20080 found this helpful

I'm sure this is a really old post, but for those of you like me that are just seeing this, I am a demonstrator for Uppercase Living and we have vinyl lettering for your walls as well as many other surfaces, for example, tiles. We have a whole section of expressions just for tiles that you could place on a tile and display on a plate stand. They are absolutely beautiful. You could also use the 4X4 tiles and put the first letter of your last name and use them as coasters. To view our catalog, just go to and use my token: 207775 and ID: sarten under "not yet registered." Hope this helps.

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May 25, 20080 found this helpful

I want to break a miniature tea set and attach it to tile and use as a backsplash in my kitchen so it has a 3-D effect. any suggestions as to glue, etc.?

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

Here are some crafty ideas for using leftover ceramic tiles. Post your own below.

Coasters, Trivets and Other Craft Ideas

I have a home daycare and we have used tiles to make coasters for the living room, a base for another project, glued a picture on one and sealed it, make a trivet, and I think that's all. You could let the kids make their own photo collage on a couple and hang them with pretty ribbon, rafia, or rope. The coasters we put felt on the bottom so they would not scrath the furniture. Good luck!

By Suzi Homemaker

Mosaic Table Top

I am planning a project that uses tiles. My sister's glass patio table top is broken, and she gave me the frame. We are cutting plywood to fit the opening. Then we are breaking up my white tile, grouting the plywood, and making a mosaic table top. I want to purchase a few blue tiles, also, as my home is blue and white. There are colored grouts, also.

Let Kids Decorate Tiles

My grandaughter went to a birthday party last summer and one of the activities was decorating ceramic tiles and using them to set hot dishes that were to hot to set directly on the table. I collect angels so she painted an angel on mine and gave it to me for Christmas last year. When I opened it I got all teary eyed. It was My favorite gift and I use it every night!

By BJ, Ky

Photo Christmas Ornaments

You could use them as Christmas ornaments with the kids pictures on them. You could use a copy of the picture if you didn't want to use the original. Just glue the picture onto the tile with school glue watered down. Then seal it with several coats of the school glue once the picture had dried. Hot glue a hanger or ribbon on the back and it will be ready for the tree. You could also get them to just decorate the tiles any way they like and use contact paper over that and sit them around.

By Michele

Use Glass Paint

You use glass paint on tiles. Then let them dry over night. Next day you bake the tiles in the oven following manufacturing directions. Let cool completely and then take out. You are ready to decorate now.

By Sandy in Vermont

Mosaic Tips

I enjoy mosaics and have made everything from candleholders (broken colored glass is my favorite material for the candleholders) to tabletops. Just make sure your plywood is thick enough that there is no bend or give and be sure to seal it before you begin glueing. You can use broken china on your table also. Find it cheap at dollar stores or garage sales. There really are no rules, you can use almost any material to mosaic.

By Rachel

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March 22, 20070 found this helpful

To paint on ceramic tiles use "GLOSSIES" paints by "Liquitex" The paint is so good that after painting some juice glasses for my son, they looked brand new after 9 months of repeated washing in the dishwasher. To increase the durability of "Glossies" paints, bake your glass or ceramic project in the oven. You can buy Glossies at your local craft supply. The paint is a bit darker when it dries. Glossies also workes on glass & cleans up (before drying) with water or alcohol (when partly dry). Do not thin Glossies paint with very much water. To paint tiles ALREADY INSTALLED on wall, use Glossies, then heat set tiles with a blow-dryer.

more information about GLOSSIES paint by Liquitex:

http://www.liqu  intglossies1.cfm

---> To seal plywood (before applying mosaics) use any kind of acrylic or latex paint or primer.

---> To seal grout when mosaics are compleated, use a grout sealer.

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April 1, 20070 found this helpful

Do you know where I can find a "copper strip" or any type of metal banding to line the edge of a mosaic on plywood table? I have searching online for many , many hours!

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November 15, 20070 found this helpful

Does anyone have any ideas for a Christmas craft using small 4x4 mirror tiles?

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January 24, 20090 found this helpful

What am I doing wrong? I wash tiles and clean well with alcohol. I bake as directed, but the paint still comes off tiles. Does not seem to be lasting. Please let me know what I am doing that prevents the glossies from adhering. edwinafox @ live .com

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October 13, 2008

I have square, clear glass tiles with etched/frosted Celtic circles. The glass is not thick. I would love to do art project with them. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Marie from NYC

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October 15, 20080 found this helpful

Make stepping stones.

http://www.thri  9570920.tip.html

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October 15, 20080 found this helpful

Perhaps you can use the tiles to cover the top of a side table or end table.

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October 16, 20080 found this helpful

What size are the tile? How about a mobile type sun catcher ? Or ornaments to hang off plants or in windows (if they are 1" or so). I am imagining 1" tiles-- that would be a really cool craft stash!

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October 19, 20080 found this helpful

Make a gazing ball. See if the bowling alley will give you an old ball. Clean it off with alcohol to make sure it is very clean. You can then prime if you wish with Zinzer 123 primer or you can leave it be ....depends on what you want to show underneath. For instance, if you have mostly blue tiles, a blue ball would look good. The apply the tiles with silicone clear window and door caulk. I have used GE brand. When you apply the tiles, sit it on top of a metal coffee can or something similar so that you have a base for it while applying the tiles. I would say to do about 1/2 your ball one day, let sit and then do the other side. I have used the glass 1/2 balls and they look great when done. I would think the glass tiles would be even prettier.

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November 9, 2010

I would like to hand paint ceramic tiles to give as gifts and am looking for blank ceramic tiles to purchase. Can you help me? I would appreciate it. Thanks.

By Colleen C

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November 9, 20100 found this helpful

Most people I know just buy them at the lumber yard type store (Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.).

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