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Mosaic Pots

April 13, 2022

 

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Materials
• Terra cotta pots
• Spray paint, any colour
• 5-7 china plates or tiles
• White grout
• Permanent craft adhesive glue (choose a viscous and fast-drying glue)
• Sealant

1. Paint the pots
Use the spray paint to paint the pots (including the inside lip) and let them dry – we recommend leaving them 24 hours.

2. Break the plates / tiles
Next you need to break your plates or times into small pieces. This can be done using a hammer or tile cutters – it can get messy so we recommend doing this outside and you’ll need to wear safety glasses and gloves too.

3. Designing your pattern
This next part is like doing a puzzle, so we like to start by laying out all our tiles on the table face up.
Place a dab of glue on the back of each tile and attach to your pot. Leave a small gap between each tile for the grout. Choose straight edge tiles for the bottom and top of the mosaic.
Fill in the spaces by scanning your table full of tiles for just the right shape. If you can’t find it, use your tile cutters to create the perfect tile (just be sure to put your safety gloves and glasses back on!).

4. Mix The Grout
Wear a mask if desired and latex-type gloves. Mix the grout according to the directions on the label.
Add less water than you need at first. Stir and add more water if the mixture is too dry. Mix until the grout is the consistency of natural peanut butter. The grout stays workable for about 15 minutes, so be ready to grout the mosaic before you mix the grout.

5. Spread The Grout
Spread the grout onto the surface of the mosaic pot right over the china pieces. Use a damp sponge or putty knife to spread the grout around all the pieces. (Confession. We also use our gloved fingers to spread the grout. But we are super careful since there are a lot of sharp edges on broken china tiles!) Make sure the top edge and bottom edge of the mosaic are grouted.
As you are finishing, go over the pot with a damp sponge lightly cleaning the grout off the tiles without removing the grout from between the tiles. Clean the lip of the pot with a damp sponge to remove any grout before it sets up. Repeat to grout each pot, mixing up more grout as needed. Let dry for 30 minutes.


6. Buff The Tiles
After 30 minutes, use a paper towel or damp sponge to wipe the grout haze off the china pieces. Be careful not to remove the grout from between the tiles. Wait another 30 minutes and buff the haze again. Repeat if necessary.


7. Seal The Mosaic
Let the grout dry for 24 hours, then seal the surface of the tiles and grout with a grout sealer and a paintbrush. Let dry. (Sealant makes the mosaic water-resistant, but not waterproof.) Now plant a trio of succulents and sit back and enjoy your little garden!

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