Recycled Dishes

Vintage Mismatched Thrift Store Finds

They're gorgeous, and so appealing; vintage dishes and plates that are one of, found in the thrift store or hidden in a basement, or at a garage sale. 


They need to be seen and displayed, but you don't have the right decor in the right colors, or enough room to show them off.  Here are a few ways to give recycled dishes a new lease on life.

Fish Mosaic

To use them whole, make a mushroom solar light, lamp base, or a garden totem.  The glue you use can be removed if needed, and the piece is undamaged, but you can enjoy it for as long as you like.

Recycled Dishes in a Flower Shape

For chipped or broken pieces, keep going; smash them up and make them into a mixed media mosaic, combined with gems, terrazae, and tiles in complementing colors.  The jewel-like result can be startling.

Mosaic Gekko

It's a shame to put the finished art work up on a roof, but the resulting pieces are spectacular.

Mosaic Roof Decoration

A form made out of concrete (like a finial or globe) can be covered for a garden sphere or gazing ball, or use a bowling ball or other object. The smashed dishes can be combined with gems, tiles and anything else to make an encrusted cannonball.

Patio stones, tiles or a table top are perfect to showcase the beauty of smashed pieces. 

Collect all the same color and type, or mix and match for a rainbow effect.

Think outside the box, don't be confined by what others have done with their old dishes; the colors and textures of a box of thrift store bowls and teacups will inspire you to greatness.

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