Trash to treasure – that’s my favorite thing. Taking things that would otherwise be thrown away and turning them into beautiful home and garden décor is something that really makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy, too because I’ve found some wonderful ways for you to turn old broken china into beautiful pieces that you’ll treasure forever.
If you’ve ever broken a plate and been heartbroken at the aspect of tossing it in the trash, this is definitely the project list for you. There are ways for you to keep those broken dishes and turn them into something new and exciting. Creating mosaics is an excellent way to keep your old broken china new and useful and it’s an easy process. Once you know how to turn your broken glass into mosaics, the possibilities are endless! I really do adore trash to treasure projects. If there’s a way to keep from throwing something out, I’m all for it. Remember my post on making fairy houses from toilet paper rolls? There really is a way to repurpose all of that trash and make it into something spectacular.
You can turn that old broken glass into such stunning décor and if it’s heirloom china that you’ve broken then you certainly don’t want to just toss it in the trash. There is a project in this list that will allow you to repurpose that broken china – just don’t tell the kids. Keep them tip toeing around your china cabinet as long as you can. I really do try to upcycle things before I throw them out for good. Honestly, if I could get away with it, I would never throw out anything and that’s a good thing. Just take a look at these 50 ways to upcycle your tin cans. You honestly can upcycle anything!
So, if you’ve ever cringed at the thought of breaking your china dishes, I’ve got a great surprise for you. We’re going to look at 20 different ways that you can repurpose that broken glass and use those items to decorate your home and yard. If you just happen to have old dishes that you don’t want any longer, you can break those dishes and use them to create these projects. Either way, I think you’re really going to love all of these trash to treasure ideas for repurposing broken glass.
1. DIY Mosaics From Broken China
Here’s a great way to turn all those broken china pieces into mosaics that you can then use to decorate just about anything you want. You just have to choose your design – or completely freehand it – it’s all up to you. Making mosaics from china is really easy and allows you to keep that beloved china displayed instead of simply throwing it out. Whether you choose to cover a canvas, picture frame, or just about anything else. You’ll know how to create mosaics and never have to part with those treasured broken dishes again.
2. DIY China Mosaic Backsplash
You can take those old broken plates and create a stunning backsplash in the kitchen. This is a lengthy and time consuming job but just imagine how worth it the overall result will be. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own unique backsplash, this is definitely the time to go for it and you get to repurpose that broken glass at the same time.
3. DIY Backyard Chandelier
I adore this backyard chandelier. Not only are the candles perfect for a soft glow in the evening, but those broken china plates are put to beautiful use in creating it. You can also use the china teacups that match your broken plates or create a chandelier that is really unique by using dishes in various different colors and designs. The broken glass pieces also act like a wind chime – giving your backyard a beautiful look and sound.
4. Repurposed Broken China Birdbath
Take a regular concrete birdbath and cover it with pieces of your broken glass and you have a beautiful display for your garden. You can use broken CDs or DVDs to create this but wouldn’t it be so much more beautiful with mosaics that you make from your broken china? It’s a relatively easy project – you just glue on those broken pieces of glass and you’ve got a beautiful birdbath that your birds, and neighbors, will adore.
5. DIY Mosaic Memory Photo Frames
That broken china or other glass can be used to create these gorgeous memory frames that you can use to hang your favorite family photos. This memory frame has a shabby chic look that is perfect for showing off your favorite pictures. You can decorate with broken china as well as anything else that you want to use that shows off the character of your picture subject. This is a wonderful idea for birthday, Mother’s Day, or even baby shower gifts.
6. DIY Mosaic Birdhouse From Broken China
Imagine hanging this birdhouse on your porch or in your garden. It’s absolutely beautiful and you can make it with pieces of broken china. It’s colorful – depending of course on the china pieces that you use – and is sure to grab the attention of everyone who sees it. You can make it by gluing those broken china pieces onto a wooden birdhouse kit, which you can pick up at any hobby or craft store.
7. Repurposed China Tabletop
I love this gorgeous tabletop that is made from creating mosaic tiles from your broken china. Keep in mind that when you’re doing mosaics, you will need to use grout, which can be quite messy. It can also take a bit of time. You can make this table using broken pieces of any type of glass but for something really special, use your broken china and other plates to create a colorful and unique table that is sure to be the center of focus in any room.
8. Broken China Fairy House
That broken china – or other glass that you may have on hand – will look gorgeous when you use it to create this whimsical fairy house. Imagine this little house in your flower garden! You can create a fairy house in any height that you want, or use your broken china pieces to make several smaller houses and have an entire community for those fairies. I adore fairy houses and think they add so much whimsy to the garden. You’ll love creating this one almost as much as you love looking at it when it’s finished.
9. Easy DIY Glass Fridge Magnets
If you just can’t force yourself to throw out that broken china and you really want a simple project for repurposing it – turn those pieces into fridge magnets. This is a project that really doesn’t take much work. You just add a magnet to the back of your chunks of china. You may want to smooth out the edges just a bit but this is the perfect way to display that china pattern that you just can’t part with and keep it simple at the same time.