When you install metal ceiling tile on your ceiling to create an accent wall, build your own backsplash, or in any application, you are very likely to have some pieces left over. After snipping the ceiling tiles to fit your space perfectly, you don’t need to get rid of the scraps. Excess metal ceiling tile is a great crafting material, and there is so much you can do with it to create something beautiful for your home or as a gift.
Just be careful handling metal tiles – the cut edges can be very sharp so please take care to protect your hands with a pair of sturdy gloves.
No matter your pattern or finish choice, metal ceiling tiles have a certain style and luster that immediately draws the eye. If you want to extend your metal ceiling tile look into home accents or wish to incorporate it into other parts of the home in a simple fashion, metal ceiling tile crafts are an ideal way to go. Here’s what you can do with your excess metal ceiling tiles:
Crafting With Metal Ceiling Tile
Excess metal ceiling tile is exceptionally easy to craft with. Have on hand a pair of tin snips, measuring tape, heavy gloves to protect yourself from sharp edges, and adhesive to attach the ceiling tile pieces to surfaces or build something with the ceiling tile itself. Here are 5 simple craft ideas for your excess metal ceiling tile pieces:
- Photo Frames – When making a photo frame with excess metal ceiling tile, you can use the tile itself or start with a basic photo frame to decorate. If you have smaller pieces, you may use an existing metal photo frame and attach small pieces of metal ceiling tile to it in a mosaic sort of style. This creates a particularly striking look if you have excess pieces of metal ceiling tile made from different patterns or finishes, or a more abstract result if you use the same style of ceiling tile. If you have larger pieces of metal ceiling tile left over, you can take them, snip them, and attach them in a way that lets you create a photo frame using nothing but ceiling tile.
- Resurface An Old End Table – An old end table that has become worn or shabby can be turned into something shabby chic with the addition of excess metal ceiling tile pieces. Simply take an end table or coffee table that has seen better days, sand down the wood, repaint the table, and pick out your metal ceiling tile pieces. You may use the pieces to create a decorative border or position them in the center of the table to create a classic look. Snip and attach the metal ceiling tile pieces to the surface of the table for a complete style overhaul.
- Holiday Ornaments – Metal ceiling tile has a luster that makes it perfect for creating your own holiday ornaments. To do this, find the shape you wish to make out of your excess metal ceiling tile pieces, and create a stencil of that shape you can use on your metal ceiling tile pieces. Tape the stencil to the metal ceiling tile and use your tin snips to cut around the guide, leaving you with your desired shape. Punch a hole at the top of the ornament and fasten it with a ribbon in a complimentary color. When you place it on a holiday tree, the light will reflect off of the surface of the metal ceiling tile ornament in a beautiful and festive way.
- Create Your Own Wall Art – Custom pieces of wall art can run into the hundreds of dollars, but you can create your own for a fraction of that price using metal ceiling tile scraps. Flowers, sun shapes, butterflies, stars, and other designs can easily be cut from them. What you create will be pieces of wall art that look like a major investment but in truth are only made with materials you already had on hand.
- Create Your Own Birdhouse – If you have larger pieces of excess metal ceiling tile left over, building a birdhouse is a great way to upcycle them. Use adhesive to create a simple box out of the metal ceiling tile pieces, and get two pieces that can be pressed together to create a roof. Attach the roof to the base of the birdhouse, and cut a small hole in the center for birds to get through.
So, what did you end up doing with your excess metal ceiling tiles?