5 crafts for flooring and tile scraps

My intrepid husband and I are half-finished laying down new Pergo in our living room. Yay, right?

Ugh. We hate it. And so does Artie – it’s so slippery under his old paws. Plus, he hates all kinds of renovations. Or change of any kind.

Don’t get me wrong – Pergo is lovely stuff. And this floating type with the underlayment attached is almost criminally easy to install. There’s not one thing to hate about the material.

The problem is: it just doesn’t work in this space. We installed this very laminate flooring throughout the second floor, where it’s lovely and dark and quiet. It’s ideal in bedrooms (and quilt rooms), where you want something soothing.

But the living room gets almost no natural light. That means a dark floor will suck up all the light and make the room like a cave. Olive thinks dark rooms are a total bore. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

So back to the drawing board we go. But it got me thinking: What do people do with those bits and bobs left over after a flooring/reno project?

So what do you think? Have any other great ideas for using up leftover building materials? I’m all ears.