DIY Planter Using Reclaimed Italian Tiles

Tiles are often thrown away in remodeling projects, but they can actually be reused in a variety of different ways. Not only can they be used again in other projects, but they can also be transformed into other things. We found this great DIY craft that uses tiles. This DIY planter uses beautiful Italian-made tiles from EcoBuilding Bargains that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. This is a really great project if you have leftover tiles, or find tiles with really great designs at EcoBuilding Bargains. You can put this planter in your home, office, or even gift it to someone special.


  • Tiles
  • Ceramic adhesive or really strong glue
  • Small plants (in their original pots)
  • Decorative pebbles
  • Newspaper/paper
  • Tape


Step 1. Lay out the bottom tiles on top of newspaper or paper to serve as your base.

Step 2. Apply a strip of glue along the sides of the tiles where they will touch and hold them together.

Step 3. Apply glue along the side of the tiles where they will touch the base, and then where they touch together.

Step 4. Hold the tiles in place for 30 seconds to let the glue set.

Step 5. Use strong tape to hold the planter in place while it dries, for approx. 24 hours.

Step 6. Place the small plants, still in their pots, into the planter.

Step 7. Place small pebbles into planter around the pots.

This planter is a great affordable way to spice up your regular potted plants. Check out EcoBuilding Bargains for more great finds. Watch the video below to learn how to make this planter, and another DIY using tiles, which is also on our blog.

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  • Would love to use the above as an outreach if you wanted to join us on earth day to set up a table, recruit students and have them do an earth day activity such as this. We are community college located in Manchester, CT. You might be able to recruit volunteers or fellows. I think I can find some money for some of the materials??? Maria

    March 6, 2019

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