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Here’s What You Can Do With Your Leftover Tile

Colorful tiles sit in stacks.
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Tiling any room in your house is no small feat. Ensuring you have the right amount of tile is only half the project. But what do you do with the leftovers?

Why not turn that leftover tile into a unique coaster for your home?

You can easily cut and reshape your tile into the correct size. If you want to personalize it, add some custom photos, such as maps, magazine cutouts, or travel tickets.

Start by cleaning your leftover tile with water and a towel. If the tile needs extra scrubbing, clean it with some rubbing alcohol.

If you’re adding photos, trim the image to the correct size and brush a small amount of Mod Podge glue onto the tile. Apply your photo and gently rub out the air bubbles with a fine edge, like a credit card or a ruler.

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer

Apply this powerful glue for a strong hold on your art projects.

Make sure to let your creation dry for 10-20 minutes before applying a little more Mod Podge to keep the image in place. Add small felt pads to the bottom of your coaster to protect your tables from getting scratched.

Tile is a water-resistant material, so it’s super effective for absorbing condensation from your cup. If you add photos to your custom tile, apply a waterproof seal to protect your images.

If you’re looking for another fun DIY coaster project, you can also transform white claw cans into unique coasters.

Kelsey Opel Kelsey Opel
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