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DIY Gift with Leftover Tile Just in Time for the Holidays

Posted December 21, 2020

Guest post by KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms

We are in the process of using this amazing Karats Mosaic for our kitchen backsplash.

Isn’t it beautiful?

If you think you might like marble hexagons surrounded by brass, this is the tile for you.

You can find it here.

And when you have a tile that’s this amazing, what do you do with the extra pieces. 

You know. 

The ones that are left over after the last tile is cut for your bigger tile project.

I just couldn’t toss these.

It hurt my heart too much because the tile is absolutely, positively, incredibly beautiful. So in an attempt to use every last piece of tile, I came up with a simple project.

And when you have a tile that’s this amazing, what do you do with the extra pieces. 

You know. 

The ones that are left over after the last tile is cut for your bigger tile project.

I just couldn’t toss these.

It hurt my heart too much because the tile is absolutely, positively, incredibly beautiful. So in an attempt to use every last piece of tile, I came up with a simple project.

One that looks like it stepped out of the pages of a high-end magazine.

A jewelry holder.

And the best part?

It’s a project that doesn’t require any fancy tools that anyone can finish and takes about an hour to complete.

Just in case you have some amazing leftover tile you want to save, too, here are the step-by-step instructions for this DIY Jewelry Holder.

What You’ll Need:

Leftover tile

Tile mastic

1” x  6” x 24” piece of plywood

White paint

Razor Cutter

1 sheet of sand paper

STEP 1: TRIM THE TILE

Flip the tile over.

The back of the tile is typically held together by a grid like this.

Trim the grid around the pieces that you want to keep. 

Here, for example, we trimmed around the brass edges of the hexagon, keeping everything intact.

You can mimic the same for your tile pattern.



STWP 2: WIPE AND SAND THE EDGES


Wipe the edges of the tile to remove any excess glue.
You may also need to lightly sand the edges of the hexagon to remove any excess backing.
We trimmed 9 pieces like this for the DIY jewelry holder.

STEP 3: APPLY MASTIC TO THE BACK OF THE TILES

Next, apply mastic to the back of the individual pieces of tile.

Cover the back of the tile with mastic.

Repeat for each individual tile piece.

STEP 4: APPLY TILE TO WOOD

Creating a geometric pattern, next apply each of the tile pieces to the wood.

Press firmly in place and wipe away any excess mastic.

Make sure to leave space between the tiles to have enough room to hang jewelry.

Let the mastic set.

Once it’s dry, your DIY jewelry holder is ready to hang.

Here’s the finished jewelry holder on the wall.

You can hang necklaces and bracelets.

You could even hang a ribbon and attach earrings if you want.

It’s the perfect project for that beautiful tile.

And now?

The leftover pieces are ready to shine.

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