Make a DIY Planter Box Out of Inexpensive Decorative Tiles

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holding a tile to make a diy planter

We’re sharing a fun craft idea that uses inexpensive and stylish pieces of tile!

Make a pretty DIY planter box by gluing pieces of ceramic tile together! It’s a fun and easy DIY home decor idea that can add some style to your space that’s also cheap to make. If you have leftover tiles from a home improvement project, this is a great way to use them!

Lina making diy planters from ceramic tiles

Anyone else love these popular tiles?

I’ve been obsessed with these black and white tiles and looking for a way to incorporate them into my home. This is a smart way to get on board with a trendy tile design, without having them be a permanent feature like flooring or wall tiles.

2 sizes of diy tile planters on counter

Use 6 or 8-inch sized tiles for this DIY planter.

It’s completely up to you which size tile to use, but I wouldn’t go larger than 8 inches, because of weight for the glue.  I picked up these 6×6 square tile from Lowes, and these 8×8 inch square tiles from Home Depot. The best part is that they are priced around $1 each, so this is a pretty inexpensive project if you use 8 to make a planter!

holding up glued tiles to make a planter

Hip tips for making your own tile planter box:

  • Use a construction adhesive. Not just any super glue will work here. You need a thick glue, like Liquid Nails or Gorilla Construction Adhesive. I used both of those brands, and they worked pretty much equally for this project.
  • If possible, have someone help. I had my son help hold tiles up for me, and it went so much smoother having an extra set of hands to hold tiles in place while the adhesive sets up. I then placed heavy items around the outside of the planter to help support the weight of tiles while they dried overnight.
  • Pick up some small potted plants already in containers, either faux or real, and set them in the planter once finished. This way you don’t have to fuss with drainage and soil.
  • Consider placing adhesive cork bumpers under the tile planter to prevent scratching your furniture. You can also make trivets and/or coasters with the leftover tiles using the bumpers, too!

applying glue to base of planter

gluing the sides and seams of planter together

using heavy items to hold tiles together as they dry

sanding glue off of the edges of tile planter

placing potted plants inside planter

DIY Ceramic Tile Planter Box


Supplies Needed

  • 8 square-shaped tiles (either 6x6 inch or 8x8 inch)
  • construction adhesive (such as Liquid Nails or Gorilla Glue)
  • small potted plants (real or faux)
  • sandpaper



Lay out your 8 tiles and make sure when you glue them, they all face the same direction, with the design facing out. Start by gluing the two bottom tiles together.


Glue the sides of the planter, making sure to use a generous amount of glue. You can sand off excess once dry.


Glue the end pieces, and set heavy items around all sides to help support tiles while they are drying overnight.


Once completely dry, use a piece of sandpaper to sand off any extra dried glue.


Place a couple of small potted plants inside and enjoy your new home decor!

finished 6 inch tile diy planter

I love how these cute planters turned out!

It’s such a clever way to use tile pieces as a creative project idea. I love that it was easy to do, and you can customize it using different colors that would match your home’s decor.

easy diy planter with decorative tiles on a dining room table

Check out these DIY cement planters you can also make for your home!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 7

  1. Meira

    I love this idea. The black and white tiles are so solid and cool looking. I wouldn’t necessarily use it for a planter but I would like to try it as a fruit basket sort of. Anyway I’m so grateful for this website everything is always so informative. PS while typing this I’m drinking my Delgado coffee Yum LOL

    • Irene (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you, Meria! We’re glad you’re finding helpful information on Hip2Save AND taking advantage of the delicious recipes like the Delgado coffee!

  2. savnmommi

    Clever idea. I do love the black and white tile pictured.

  3. Antoinette Knowell

    Very nice.

  4. eleanor goldsby

    Every time I leave my garage I look at these exact same leftover tile. I think I will make a very large trivet to protect my new counters.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that idea!

  5. Darlene

    Question: I Noticed, With Your Planters, You Used Two Different Size Tiles. Can I Use All The Same Size? TYIA + TFS Your Creativity w/US!!!

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