How can I reuse or recycle mirror tiles?

mirrorThere were four 30cm by 50cm frameless mirror tiles on the bathroom wall when I moved in but given there was no storage, I quickly (read: three years) replaced them with a cabinet instead.

Since then, the tiles have been floating around the bathroom/bedroom/hallway storage locations, waiting for us to reaffix them somewhere or get rid of them (neither of which has happened). We have enough mirrors around the place for when you’re as fugly as us and they’re not in great condition (bits of the mirrored backing having come off in various spots, particularly near the edges) anyway so we haven’t got around to re-using them as mirrors.

But what else can their reflective properties be used for instead? They’re essentially sheets of glass with a mirrored backing by the look of it – reasonably sturdy but not invincible. Any suggestions?

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17 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle mirror tiles?”

  1. Sally says:

    Could you use them behind a planter or two in the garden to give the illusion of depth? The slightly shabby nature of the tiles would actually be an advantage as things wouldnt be quite so glaring. The other place they might be handy is at the back of a shelf in the pantry or airing cupboard, to reflect light around when you are rummaging around.

  2. Rachel says:

    Another garden suggestion – you could use the near any veggies you are growing to scare away the birds.

  3. David says:

    You could develop a coke habit.

  4. Jim says:

    I purchased some mirror tiles to use in a plant room to reflect the sun. They still have the double stick tape on them. Any suggestions how to get the double stick tape off without destroying the black surface that the mirror is on?

  5. Jim says:

    Found it. Finger nail polish remover works to remove the old double stick tape. Acetate.

  6. Rosalind says:

    You could use two of them and a bit of tube or long box to make a really enormous periscope! A periscope brings light down inside it, so if you had a dark corner you can use it as a solar torch to redirect light – cheaper than installing a light tube! You know, this is one of those solutions that would take a long time and a lot of ingenuity, and might not be worth it in the end. But quite funky, no?

  7. Katz says:

    You can glue each tile at the bottom of every step in the staircase, and then – if you put some portable lights on the steps, or candles – they will reflect them, and give you more light.
    Or you can put them under a slight angle on the top of the shelf or other place with difficult acess – then you will see what is there, without need to strecth your hand to check out supplies.

  8. Lizard says:

    W estuck a slightly shabby mirror in the garden on the shed wall. It’s behind a water feature and looks more like a window

  9. Greg Bader says:

    You can give them to me I’ll pick them up no problem please call me at 734 512 6366 My name is Greg I look froward to hearing from you

  10. Carmen Rodabaugh says:

    Hi I have three mirrors that I would like to either give away or recycle, I live in Northern Virginia do you know of any company locally.


  11. I have a painting from an artist in Canada who used a mirror set in to plaster and he removed part of the reflective backing to allow partial visbility through the glass. He then placed an image behind. Very effective.

    Just had to comment about the various comments about mirrors in the garden, there is a movement away from putting mirrors outside because it confuses birds.


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