WhimseyboxTV: 3 Crafty Uses for a Hardware Store Tile


Finding creative uses for inexpensive tools helps you make the most of your craft budget and saves room in your craft closet or studio. (Studio! You are very lucky!) Here’s one of my favorite tips – using a simple tile from the hardware store to work with polymer clay, roll out ink and even to photograph  jewelry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this same tile over the last few years.

Do you have a creative way of making the most of simple tools for your projects? We’d love to hear it! Leave a comment below and we’ll share some of your ideas in an upcoming video.

Craft Tip: Ceramic tiles are super handy!

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Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at dismountcreative.com.


  • Reply November 16, 2012


    Genius! I especially love that it makes a glossy, reflective surface for micro product photography. And going from work space right into the oven? Perfect! Thanks for this amazing idea!

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  • Reply November 19, 2012


    BRILL! Thx :)

    • Reply November 20, 2012

      Alicia DiRago

      Thanks Lacey! Stay tuned, we’ll keep the tips coming…

  • Reply November 20, 2012


    Also great for resting a hot glue gun on!

  • Reply January 15, 2013


    They are also good for resting wet paintbrushes on when working with many couloirs of paint at once. And make a great cooling area to sit hot clay works on whilst they cool down

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