10 Great Ways To Use Left Over Tile

Remember that time you grabbed the Thanksgiving leftovers from the fridge and made what you thought was the greatest sandwich known to man? That is my proof that left overs can be even better than the original, and tiles are no different. This argument is a great example of why I was the wild card speaker on my high school debate team. Sometimes my analogies land shy of the mark but, they always have an air of truthiness.

When a contractor orders tile for a job they always over order to account for cracked/chiped tiles, mis-cuts, and to have a couple left over for the home owner to stash away incase a replacement has to be done in the future. However, if you end up with excess tile, not just a few extra pieces, here are 10 ways you can use them with style – none of which include cranberry sauce or stuffing.

Wall Art

The patterns on tiles are often so intricate that they can be considered works of art, so why not frame them up. It can be a great way to add continuity to a space by hanging them in a room opposing the area where you’ve actually installed the tile.

Candle Holder

There are things in life that need to be held such as crying babies, my space in line when I get tired of waiting and candles! Attaching a glass to a tile with an aluminum band will create a very unique wall sconce style candle holder. Bonus, they can also double as flower holders.


How cool would it be to use some of that left over mosaic tile to create some fridge magnets that match your kitchen backsplash. This is perhaps one of the all time easiest DIY’s.


Clock hardware is quite inexpensive and easy to install. Any mount will do, such as old book, a cool block of wood or of course a tile.

Table Runner

Have some swanky guests coming over for dinner, and you’d love to impress them with a unique table spread? Well, here’s a cool way to do it. Use your leftover tiles to create a runner down the centre of your table and forget about needing to serve on a silver platter.


A good mirror allows you to see a clear reflection of yourself. A great mirror is bordered with left over tile and is so beautiful that every time you approach it you forget about looking at yourself and just drink in the awesomeness of the frame.

Table Top

Now you could take your old tile and mount it on top of a piece of plywood using a polymodified thin set and then place the whole thing up on some legs and make a cool table or you can live a far less interesting life by not doing this. The choice is yours.


Okay, so this one isn’t going to stretch your imagination but stacking up 4 tiles on a coffee table will magically transform them from tiles to coasters. A perfect place to perch a pot of Lapsang Sushong tea.


The area between rooms, right in the doorway is an often over looked opportunity for adding a designer touch. If you have some left over tile, why not throw down a strip of tile in this “no-mans” land and turn it into everybody’s favourite pass through.


Just thinking about a tray of charcuterie makes my tastes buds water, which makes it hard to focus on this last, but very cool upcycled tile idea. There are several ways to create a tiled tray. You can either put sticky pads on the bottom side of a large format tile and drill some holes through it with a diamond bit to add hardware, or you can punch up a boring wooden tray by inlaying it with some mosaic tiles. These techniques will easily make the food served on it taste at least 10 – 12 percent better!

These are 10 wicked ways to use scrap tile rather than turning it into refuse. If you have another idea for a cool tile upcycle I’d love to hear it! and now I’m off to find some crackers and cheese cause that last pic has me craving the flavour.

Sebastian Clovis

Sebastian Clovis

Sebastian is the principal owner of Clovis Contracting, host of HGTV Canada's Save My Reno, and a resident home renovation and DIY expert on The Marilyn Denis Show. He believes everyone should strive to understand the mechanics of their home, tackle home improvement projects while at the same time being able to identify when it’s necessary to call in a professional.
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