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DIY: Recycled Tiles

Leftover tiles become decorative trivets for stylish dining


You’ve finished renovating your bathroom or kitchen—now what do you do with those few, leftover tile pieces? Don’t toss them just yet. Create your own trivets using those ceramic tile off-cuts. Trivets will help protect your kitchen countertops and table from hot food and drinks, and ceramic is the perfect material for distributing heat. 

Crafts by Arlene Sanchez Maslog. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela. Special thanks to Amy Uy.

Read the original article ("Tile re-style") in the May 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

  • Ceramic tiles (8”x8” size is ideal,
  • smaller tiles can be made into coasters)
  • Printed images
  • (download online or use your own photos printed on 70G inkjet paper)
  • Acrylic emulsion
  • (available at hardware stores)
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Cork
  • Super glue
  • Cutter
How to do it:

1. Prepare tiles by wiping them with a damp cloth.

2. Sand the edges and corners with sandpaper to dull them.

3. Print and cut out the images you will use for decoupage.

4. Lay your images on the tile. Re-arrange them to find a composition that you like.

5. With a wide paintbrush, apply a thin layer of acrylic emulsion on the back of your images and stick them onto the tile. Smoothen out wrinkles and air bubbles. Let dry for 30 minutes.

6. Apply another layer of emulsion on the entire surface of the tile to seal it.

7. Cut out a piece of cork 1/4” smaller than the tile.

8. Attach the cork to the bottom of the tile with Super Glue. Let dry.  

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