When a beautiful plate is dropped and broken, most people pick up the pieces and throw it away. After all, what good are shattered plates? I enjoy creating mosaics using broken plates and other eye catching items, and I have been saving single plates to use for future decorating projects. As the photo shows, they can be used to create eye catching works of grouted art. They can also be used in many other creative ways, and they are well worth saving.
Use Broken Plates to Add Drainage to Flowerpots
Flowerpots typically have drainage holes, but they are usually inadequate. I always use something more, and pieces of broken plates work beautifully. I accidentally broke a dinner plate on my concrete garage floor, but I did not throw it away. I saved the pieces until the following summer, and I placed them in the bottom of a new clay flowerpot before adding soil. The roots of my plants were never waterlogged because of poor drainage.
Create Unique Wind Chimes
I love wind chimes, especially those that create soft tinkling sounds. I came up with another creative way to use broken plates, and I also made use of several old mismatched silver forks and spoons that I no longer wanted or needed. I carefully drilled holes in select pieces of broken plates, and I strung them to a blue plastic embroidery hoop using clear fishing line. I strung a smaller plastic embroidery hoop from the larger one in the center, and I alternated forks and spoons with broken plates all of the way around both rings. My wind chime was a whimsical outdoor decoration that clattered softly in the breeze, and I received many comments and compliments on the unique design.
Create Mosaics on Walls, Clay Planters and More
I plan on using blue and white broken plates to make a beautiful mosaic on a cracked terracotta flowerpot. One of my planters mysteriously cracked on my front porch. I was going to throw it away, but I figured out a great way to repair it. I can repair it. I will fill in the crack with grouting material, and I will glue pieces of broken plates, flat glass marbles and tiles around the outside. Once all of the pieces are in place, I will fill in the open areas with ready made grouting material. My one of a kind planter will look fantastic. Best of all, I will be able to preserve a big clay pot along with broken plates that would have otherwise ended up in the trash.
Source: Personal and Professional Home Design and Crafting Experience