Eye Candy: 8 Inexpensive, Unique and DIYable Backsplash Ideas

created at: 09/15/2012

A few months back, Sweetie and I installed a new backsplash in our kitchen. After multiple samples and trips to tile shops, we finally found the perfect tile: pencil- cut slate. At 17 bucks a square foot, it was a bit more than we thought we'd be spending, and, because it was pencil cut, it was tricky to work with as slate has a tendency to flake. The eight backsplash installations in this roundup have neither of these issues. And some are virtually free. Check them out...

Katie used a sheet of flashing to create her backsplash. She picked it up at Home Depot for $12. 

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We've seen penny floors and kitchen countertops. It was just a matter of time before we saw a penny backsplash. Click here if you'd like to see a closeup.

This DIYer chose to use 6" x 6" of heavy scrapbook paper and Modge Podge to make her colorful backsplash. 

This next one probably isn't cheap, but a DIYer on a budget could bang a knock off out for a fraction of the cost of fancy tile. BTW, it this backsplash is oiled oak.

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Have you seen the bottle cap backsplash yet? Perfect for a wet bar, no?

Along the same vein is this cork backsplash.

Tova used mirrored coasters to make backsplash. Okay, at $645, this one isn't inexpensive, but it had to be included in our roundup for its uniqueness. And it's sparkly.

And finally, probably the most inexpensive idea for a backsplash ever: Starbucks gift cards. The maker, Spifftastic, actually glued them end to end on a sheet of cardboard and not onto the wall directly. Click here if you'd like to see a closeup.





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Anonymous on Dec 24, 2014:

How is the flashing attached to the wall

4NaNa on Oct 16, 2013:

After trying over and over to get vinyl floor tiles to stick to the wall (no amount of any adhesive keeps them from falling down), i have decided to abandon that idea. I think i shall go for chalkboard paint, although i'm wondering what will happen behind the stove. That is an issue with any option, i would think. What to do?

Alan B. on Jan 28, 2013:

i really like when people make there own backsplashes and come up with the most creative ideas!

I myself am very partial to the glass tile look!

i seen some awesome ones featured at http://www.pureglasstile.com that i absolutely love!

DIY Maven on Oct 16, 2012:

@Anon, flashing is thin sheet metal used in roofing. You can find it at any big box store or hardware store. It's easily cut with a tin snips. 

Anonymous on Oct 15, 2012:

What is flashing? TY

Ali on Sep 29, 2012:

I might make one out of coulour chips and modge podge

Tova on Sep 25, 2012:

Thanks so much for sharing my backsplash! So excited to see it here! Ironically, I actually DID do a scrapbook paper backsplash before I 'upgraded' to the mirror coasters.


...and also, I tiled my bathroom floor in pennies. ;-)


So glad you like it!! :)

Tova (aka: Teeze / aka:FindingMyMuchness)

DIY Maven on Sep 15, 2012:

Brooke--Doh! (Fixed.)

LezRenovate on Sep 14, 2012:

made me think of doing sort of an overlapping petal pattern with CDs- since I can't find anywhere in my town to recycle them

Brooke on Sep 14, 2012:

I just want to let you know that the image says "backsLash" not backsPLash". So I was wondering how many fun things I could do with my backslash key ;) Love the idea of using flashing. Very clever!

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