Crafts with leftover ceramic tile

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Crafts with leftover ceramic tile
Ceramic tiles offer a variety of craft ideas. (Liquidlibrary/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Ceramic tile is typically used for floors or walls. The tiles are available in sizes ranging from 2.5 to 30 cm (1 inch to 12 inch) squares. Other shapes are available, including outline moulding that frames tiled areas in the home. The patterns on ceramic tile range from solid colours to tiles with printed pictures, such as fruits, animals and popular characters for children. Make decorative items, gifts or children's crafts with leftover ceramic tiles or some markdowns from your local home improvement centre.

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Revive home decor

Spread grout over the top of a favourite little table or bedside table. Cover the grout with 2.5 cm (1 inch) square tiles to form a design. Put a 10 cm (4 inch) picture tile in the centre of the table and surround it with the smaller tiles. Make a mosaic clock from an old plate or serving tray. Drill a small hole in the centre of the plate or tray to fit an inexpensive clock kit. Spread grout on all or part of the surface that will face outward. Place tiles in the grout. Choose contrasting tiles to mark each hour or quarter-hour. Renew canisters for the kitchen or bath. Cover the canister lids with grout, and use tiles that match the decor of the room.

Crafts with leftover ceramic tile
Cover a favourite little table with leftover ceramic tiles. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Kid crafts

Tile craft ideas abound for children to make and keep or to give as gifts. Have youngsters cover an entire wooden box or just the top. They can use grout or craft glue to create a design with one or several sizes and colours of tiles. Let the child arrange tiles on a wooden door hanger to spell his first name. The children can fill in the background with contrasting colours of tiles as well. Press a child's painted hand onto a 10 cm (4 inch) tile for a keepsake gift. They can press both handprints or hands and feet onto a 30 cm (12 inch) ceramic tile. Spray the dried craft lightly with clear spray paint to preserve the prints.

Outdoor crafts

Make a stepping stone for your garden. Press small or medium tiles into a shallow pan filled with wet concrete or plaster mix. Remove the stepping stone from the pan when the mixture is completely dry. Recycle an outdoor planter by covering it with ceramic tiles attached with grout. Design a family name or house number plaque. Spread grout over a piece of wood. Push 10 cm (4 inch) tiles into the grout. Paint letters or numbers on the tiles. Fill in empty space with smaller tiles.

Little things

Make coasters or trivets from leftover ceramic tiles. Glue felt circles onto the corners of the bottom side of 10 cm (4 inch) tiles for coasters or larger ones for trivets. Create musical wind chimes from small tiles. Glue a small tile onto the end of each of six ribbon lengths. Tie the ribbons together at the top and hang from a hook. Recycle plastic refrigerator magnets. Glue a colourful tile over the printed side of each magnet.

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