what to do with leftover subway tile

Waste tiles craft can lead to unusual uses for tile, like using old tiles in the garden, upcycling bathroom tiles, and various arts and crafts with tiles. If you had been wondering whether you should keep leftover tile or not, you have landed at the right place. Let’s find out more about what can be done with leftover tiles.

Magnet Tiles Dry Erase

Here's a simple and easy enough project to make one for all of your mates. The best option is simple glossy white tile, and the bigger the better because you have more space to compose. The only supplies other than the tiles that you'll need are:

  • Glue
  • The Magnets
  • Markers for Dry Erase
  • Glue each of the four corners of the tile with one magnet, and voilà: a miniature dry erase board. One important thing is that you can not use a hot glue gun if you're using neodymium magnets, as the heat will demagnetize them. Working with a low-temperature hot glue gun is perfect if you're using ceramic magnets.

    Beautifully straightforward! For writing out shopping lists, we love these.

    Tiled Tray of Serving

    Another super-easy project that needs just a handful of tiles is to build a tiled serving tray. It's a great introduction to ceramic tile work! You just need a wooden tray, tiles of your choosing, glue, and grout (we suggest anything with a fun design). Swing by a nearby thrift shop if you don't already have a wooden tray and you're sure to find one. The resistance of ceramic tile to water, heat, stain, and scratches also means that without worrying about destroying your beautiful new serving item, you can use your serving tray for all your meals.

    Table Runner

    In addition to being stunning and special, a table runner made of leftover ceramic tile may also act as a table-length trivet, shielding your table from water rings and hot serving ware. Ceramic tile is immune to water, fire, scrape, and stain, so you won't have to worry about destroying your artwork. You'll need a complementary color of spray adhesive, a craft knife, and a craft felt. On top of a length of felt, arrange the tiles in your desired pattern. Turn over each tile one by one and spray it with adhesive. Put the tile back in place and click firmly. Turn the runner over and trim any felt that stretches beyond the tile edges, after the adhesive has fully dried.

    Wall craft

    Perhaps the simplest of all the projects we're highlighting is this one. All that is needed is a tile, a frame, and a little inspiration. Many tiles on their own are beautiful and you can frame them as they are for a decorative show. Ask for open-stock inventory at your nearest tile shop to find some special tiles you can purchase individually. Or, a more simple tile can serve your imagination as a canvas. You can decorate the tiles with permanent markers and enamel paint for a little extra flair. Before you start decorating your tiles, a few notes: make sure to clean the surface that you intend to decorate with alcohol to extract from your hands any grease and oil left on the tiles.