Crafts Using Tiles

May 6, 2008

Tile TrivetsTrivets 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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December 27, 2011

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.

Tile with stenciled duct tape ready for painting.

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April 25, 2005

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, 2006

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


By Miss Meg (Guest Post)
January 10, 20060 found this helpful

How about a triviet? You could get little "legs" and glue on each corner -- glass buttons maybe? MM

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By LadyLeonesse (Guest Post)
January 10, 20060 found this helpful

You can make a trivet out of it by sticking 4 little rubber dots on the back. You can get them at the hardware store. Craft stores also carry them.

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By BJ from Ky (Guest Post)
January 10, 20060 found this helpful

You probably wouldn't have a lot of these laying around on your countertop but you could always make trivets out of them.They make really cute gifts too.My grandaughter gave me one for Christmas that she had painted at a birthday party she went to.She painted an angel on it because I collect them.I love the one she made me.I use it every day & it makes her so happy when she sees it being used!!

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

My sister gave me a smaller tile/triviet some years ago. It had a small frame around it and I hung it in my kitchen.


When ever I look at it I am reminded how much we loved each other. Great granny hugs,Vi

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By Terri (Guest Post)
January 11, 20060 found this helpful

crack into small pieces and make a family name plate with the pieces and hang o
n the wall in an entry way or elsewhere

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By Cadensnana (Guest Post)
January 11, 20060 found this helpful

A few years ago when we did a bathroom makeover, we had a couple of 12x12 tiles leftover. We put rubber feet on them and now use them side-by-side on the kitchen counter as a counter saver. They work very well and easy to clean as well as keeping the laminate countertop from staining.

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

Frame it and hang on wall in place of a picture.

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

I have a beautiful deep blue tile that has felt on the back. The felt protects my favorite wood table from scratches, the tile protects the wood from my hot coffee cup. It works better than any coaster I've found.


Love & Prayers,

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

I love all the idea's. Now I just have to decide lol. Ughh decisions, decisions.

Thank you very much everyone!

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March 21, 2007

Tile mosaic.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


March 22, 20070 found this helpful

When you say to seal the plywood, what do you use to seal it?

Thanks, Trish in CT

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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:

---> 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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By luseall (Guest Post)
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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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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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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June 20, 2016

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

Decoupaged Ceramic Tiles

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January 21, 2016

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

Recycled Tile Bookends

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July 2, 2013

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

Painted Tile Craft

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