How can I use these tiles?

I've had this crate of (expensive) leftover backsplash stone tile for several years hoping to get inspiration in how to use. Giving up! Any ideas on what I can do?
q tiles, repurpose building materials, repurposing upcycling, tiling
q tiles, repurpose building materials, repurposing upcycling, tiling
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 10, 2016
  • CeCe813 CeCe813 on Nov 10, 2016
    A sweet idea my Dad made for me was a trivet for my kitchen! We actually covered the tile in the kitchen of our home; it used to be my grandparents house and I had fond memories of cleaning the tile with my Nana. My Dad took some of the old tiles and attached them to a pretty piece of stained wood and caulked in between the tiles to give a finished look. He attached a nice hook at one end to hang it up out of the way. Now every time I use it I smile at the memories and the sweet Dad who thought to make it.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Nov 10, 2016
    Leftover tile is great for making tops for small tables. Sometimes like working a jigsaw to get the most coverage. Don't forget grout and an overall sealant to keep water/spills away from the wood.
  • Annette Sausser Annette Sausser on Nov 11, 2016
    How about using the smaller tiles to cover a wooden birdhouse or feeder? If you have a fairy garden it would be great for a path???
  • Annette Sausser Annette Sausser on Nov 11, 2016
    Using a 4x4, cover it with tiles leaving room on the bottom to sink the pole into the ground . This is the base for a bird bath. The top is a ceramic bowl found at a thrift shop. The bowl is glued to it with outside apoxy.
  • Anne Anne on Nov 11, 2016
    It looks like it is a porous tile. Maybe break into smaller pieces and dye/stain in various colors and use to make a colorful mosaic table top (coffee table maybe) or mosaic the colored tiles inside a wooden tray to use for serving to match kitchen? Crush some tiles to very small buts but still able to see some of tile beauty and get a contrasting color ceramic tile and use the crushed tiles to create a house number sign for the front porch highlighted by the contrast ceramic. Having those large letters in a room are all the rage now, how about cutting out the letters EAT or DINE or FOOD and cover with crushed pieces in a mosaic pattern as is undyed. If you have a laminate type counter, you could router out a section and fill with the tiles to create a built in hot pad near stove for all the recipes that say remove from heat to have a place to rest. And, if you aren't afraid to be daring and creative, you could adhere them and then use resin over them for a countertop in the kitchen area, bathroom, tabletop, etc.
  • Karen Karen on Nov 11, 2016
    I use natural stone tiles to make trivets and individual coasters. I hand paint a design then coat with 3 coats of poly for protection. If you prefer not to hand paint a design use either a stencil or a stamp and fill in the design with either Zig art pens or copic pens. They make great gifts or party favors. Good luck with them!
  • Tauni Tauni on Nov 11, 2016
    Take em outside ... make a pathway
    • Carmen Carmen on Nov 11, 2016
      That's what I had wanted to do but don't have enough for a pathway. 😔
  • Erin Erin on Nov 11, 2016
    Mix them with other complementary tiles for a path.
  • Erin Erin on Nov 11, 2016
    Cover a planter box.
  • Darnaga Darnaga on Nov 12, 2016
    opus incertum in the garden
  • Sdd1195258 Sdd1195258 on Nov 12, 2016
    Perhaps you could glue them on piece of plywood and grout to create a door mat.
  • B J  Alexis B J Alexis on Nov 12, 2016
    Instead of a straight pathway, use them to make a stone pattern within a garden area, or use an inexpensive table and make a stone table top. Or use an appropriate glue and put them together at different angles to make a sculpture.
  • Carol Talley Carol Talley on Nov 12, 2016
    make a cutting board to match your counter top.You could also make some for gifts.
  • Desiree Suggs Desiree Suggs on Nov 12, 2016
    Depending on size, you can make coasters for drinks and personalize with initial on top, cork on bottom. The irregular pieces could be glued to a clay flower pot, or you could make stepping stones for your garden pathway.
  • Lonnie Lonnie on Nov 12, 2016
    This is what someone made for me (lost in a move) and I do believe every kitchen should have one. It was chunks of stuff like this (mine was marble) on an 8x8 square piece of framed wood. The pieces set right down inside the top. He took shavings from the wood, mixed it with glue and used that between the pieces. Then put that heat proof poly(?) and poured it over the top. He didn't put feet on it, just a piece of felt on the bottom. I would have liked feet (with felt) so I could move it easier, because it was a bit heavy. I'm always looking for the hot pad holder for that hot pan. I'm thinking they would make nice gifts, too. You could do the same treatment on other things as well.
  • Sandravos Sandravos on Nov 13, 2016
    mosaics: frames, coasters, trays, old bowling balls for gazing balls, the items are endless. Just add other tiles or other things to embellish.
  • Jane wild Jane wild on Nov 13, 2016
    Table top mosaic!
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    • Erin Erin on Nov 14, 2016
      Looking at that tile again, it appears to be rather porous. I'd use a couple pieces to test adhesive and grout colors. It looks like it could stain. If you are going to do a table top, I'd also suggest working up a pleasing design rather than randomly inserting tiles on to the table. I also hope it's one of those tables where you can set the tiles into the top as opposed to on the top. A table with a 'lip' keeps the tiles from getting knocked off.
  • Loz5222643 Loz5222643 on Nov 13, 2016
    Create a mosaic for your garden!
  • Linda Linda on Nov 14, 2016
    Cover a table top with them
  • Kcama Kcama on Nov 14, 2016
    adhere to a large box and grout with a coordinating color for a stunning planter - if you use something that won't deteriorate or rot, it will last a lifetime.
  • Kim Salmi Kim Salmi on Nov 14, 2016
    I love the planter idea from could even use indoors with faux plants if your not into live ones ....but it sounds very unique and easy to do ...I'm sure you'll find an answer soon : )
  • Lina Lina on Nov 14, 2016
    Mosaic backsplash or accent above a stove, make garden art on a fence, the front of some stairs/steps, fireplace surround/ mantle, stepping stones, around a mirror/tv/frames?
  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Nov 14, 2016
    Put them in a tray glue them down , Got spare table and work the tile on the table. Coasters , hot plates to lay hot pot from the stove.
  • Emmen Emmen on Nov 14, 2016
    By or make a tray top wooden cart with a top and bottom shelf and use the tiles in the tray for a mosaic style bottom and you could paint or stain the wood to match your cupboards or do a feature colour like teal, charcoal, red etc to make it pop. You could use it in the kitchen or in the family room as a side table/ TV tray.
  • Ida Case Ida Case on Nov 15, 2016
    You can use new alcohol ink and make wonderful designs to use for coasters and trivets. Ida - New York
  • Marcia Potter Marcia Potter on Nov 15, 2016
    Break up the larger pieces and make a mosaic "frame" around a contractor grade bathroom mirror. Mix in a few pieces of sea glass or glittery coordinating glass tiles (check Amazon for good pricing on individual glass tiles). If you have a tile cutter or nipper, glue them to the glass and butt the pieces up to each other, avoiding the need for grout. FloraBond or E6000 adhesive works well and dries clear. Glue a section, hold in place with painters tape. Remove the tape once all the glue is 'set'.
  • Terri Boone Terri Boone on Nov 15, 2016
    Make hot pads for your holiday table
  • Patricia Patricia on Nov 16, 2016
    make mosaic stepping pads for your garden or path way.
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