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How to Make a Custom DIY Picture Frame with Leftover Glass Tiles

How-To-Custom-Picture-Frame-with-Leftover-Glass-Tiles Leftover Glass Tiles

Whether you are finishing up an entire kitchen remodel or are finally looking for something to do with your pile of leftover glass tiles from years ago, you have come to the right place. We get to look at glass tiles, along with many other products all day long so you won’t be surprised that we get inspired and come up with ideas for new uses of the otherwise typical “backsplash” materials.

In this blog post, we are going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to make a custom picture frame using up your leftover glass tiles! If you have mesh glass tiles, then you will need to follow one extra step before jumping into the project. For those of you who have the mesh backing, you’ll want to go through your mesh tile and cut along the tiles so that you have individual tiles instead. Once that is done, you can jump into the project!



Items You Will Need:

  • Glass Tiles
  • Plain Wooden Picture Frame (you can find these at any local craft store, or better yet, dig in your attic and find an old rectangular frame you aren’t using)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Let’s Get Started:


1. Plug in your hot glue gun so it is ready to go by the time you need it!

2. If your tiles come on mesh, cut along the edges so that each tile is on its own.

3. Think about the tiles you have. If you have multiple colors, what pattern you want to do?

a. You can go the classic random pattern, funky checkerboard, or try and color code the rows. This is all a part of the creative process, so have fun with it!

4. Layout your individual tiles on the frame, covering the entire front surface. If you don’t like the pattern you originally decided on, don’t worry. This is why we lay everything out first before gluing. Try again!

a. Quick Tip: Start laying the tiles out from the inside opening first and work your way outwards. This way you ensure that you never run out of space and have to start over.

5. Chances are, the tiles are not going to perfectly cover the frame, so pay close attention to this step. Because the hot glue is strong, you will only need about half of the tile on the actual frame which is perfect for that final outside row. Start with the tiles bordering the opening of the frame, and like we said above, work your way out. As long as you have half of the tile touching the frame, the glue will help it to stick. In fact, this will make your frame look even larger than it actually is, which for most is a win-win!

6. Once you have the pattern and layout just right, start gluing. We suggest going tile-by-tile so you keep everything as straight as possible.

7. After that, insert your picture and voila! You have a beautiful new picture frame and used up your leftover tiles. That sounds like a win-win to us.

Having fun with leftover home improvement materials is a blast. There are so many unique projects you can work on if you just take the time to get creative. We would love to see your finished product! If you follow our steps and snap a photo, post it to our Facebook page so that we can share with our fans!