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How to Make a Mosaic Clay Pot Birdbath

Theresa loves repurposing old things or turning things into other useful items. She loves creating something new from something old.

My Mosaic Birdbath Creation

My Mosaic Birdbath Creation

My Mosaic Birdbath Creation


Approximate Crafting Time: 4 hours plus drying time.



Do you love birdbaths? Do you love making beautiful things? If so, then you will love creating this gorgeous mosaic clay pot birdbath! It is so beautiful and you can make any design you choose.


I have always loved birdbaths and watching the birds play in the water since a young child. I also love anything mosaic. The art is just beautiful to me. When thinking of making this birdbath, I thought how beautiful to make a mosaic one out of clay pots.


Clay Pot and Small Clay Saucer

Clay pot and small saucer

Clay pot and small saucer

Mosaic Authentic Italian Tesserae Tiles

Mosaic Authentic Italian Tesserae Tiles

Mosaic Authentic Italian Tesserae Tiles

Mosaic Glue E6000

Mosaic Glue E6000

Mosaic Glue E6000

Nippers

Nippers

Nippers

Mosaic Adhesive

Mosaic Adhesive

Mosaic Adhesive

Materials Needed


10” Clay Saucer (1)


5” Clay Saucers (2)


4" Clay Pots (2)

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Mosaic Tiles (in desired colors)


Protective Eye Wear


Tile Nipper


Class Stones, Swirls


Mosaic Adhesive


E6000 Glue (This stuff will hold anything together!)


Sponge


Pencil


Black Grout


Acrylic Paints (Colors used for this particular project.)

  • Black
  • Aqua
  • Gold


Mosaic Grout

Mosaic Grout

Mosaic Grout

Large Clay Saucer

10" Clay Saucer

10" Clay Saucer

Step One:


Draw your design on the inside of the 10” clay saucer with a pencil. I chose to draw the design of a descending dove, representing the Holy Spirit. You can draw your design freehand or do as I have done here, and use tracing paper to transfer your design to the clay pot.


Descending Dove Design On Tracing Paper

Descending dove design on tracing paper.

Descending dove design on tracing paper.

Vitreous Glass Mosaic Tile (authentic Italian tesserae)


I love using these tiles, as they are so beautiful. However, one may just use broken plates if one so desires. The authentic Italian tesserae tiles are cast from colored vitreous glass in the centuries-old tradition of master Italian glass makers. They are designed for easy nipping and application. They may be used in infinite combinations on nearly any reasonably smooth surface.


Step Two:


Cut mosaic tiles with nipper to fit into designs on the clay saucer, the outside rim of one of the pots and on the outside rim of the 5” saucer when turned upside down. Glue the mosaic tiles to the design on the 10” saucer, the outside rim of the pot and the outside rim of one 5" saucer. Attach glass stones and the glass swirls in the same manner. It is best to use a V-notch trowel or craft sticks to apply a layer of Mosaic adhesive onto the project surface. Next, apply a small amount of adhesive to the textured side of a tile. It is also best to work within small areas at a time for best results. Then place the mosaic tile onto the surface in the pattern you have designed. Keep pieces close together for a narrow grout-line. Adhesive will begin to set within 5-7 minutes. Do not reposition the tiles after adhesive sets. Allow adhesive to cure for at least 5-6 hours before grouting. Do not worry, as the white adhesive will turn clear once dried.

Once you have finished placing the mosaic tiles on the entire surface and the adhesive has dried, apply one the mosaic grouts into the crevices between the tiles using a flat-blade spreader tool. Gently work grout into the spaces until the grout is smooth and level with the tile. Wait 15-30 minutes, and then wipe off the excess grout with a damp sponge. Allow to dry.

Once the grout has fully cured, take a damp cloth and polish each mosaic piece until the surface is free of grout residue.

I love to use authentic Italian tesserae tiles and these come in small packets already cut into tiny squares. You may also nip these too if necessary to fit into your design. You can purchase all supplies at your local craft store.

To determine how much mosaic tile you will need, start by measuring the area to be covered (225 of these tesserae tiles cover about 1 square foot).


Descending Dove Design in Top of Birdbath

Descending Dove Design

Descending Dove Design

Why I Chose the Colors, Red, Yellow and Orange to Surround the Descending Dove


The work of the Holy Spirit is to bear the fruit of God in us - of these the greatest is to love. Our character is described as "gold tried in the fire."


Step Three:

Paint clay pots and saucers with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Dry brush with aqua and gold acrylic paints. Glue the saucers and pots together as shown in the completed project.


Painted Clay Pots Glued Together

Painted clay pots glued together.

Painted clay pots glued together.

Top Half of Painted and Tiled Mosaic Birdbath

Mosaic painted birdbath pots and saucer.  The white Mosaic adhesive will turn clear once dried.

Mosaic painted birdbath pots and saucer. The white Mosaic adhesive will turn clear once dried.

Bottom Half of Painted and Tiled Birdbath

Painted bottom half of clay pot and saucer with mosaic tiles on them.

Painted bottom half of clay pot and saucer with mosaic tiles on them.

Step Four:

Apply black grout to the tiled areas. Dry according to manufacturer’s directions and wipe excess grout off with a damp sponge.


Descending Dove Design in Top of Birdbath

Descending Dove Design

Descending Dove Design

Safety Precautions


Please do not allow unsupervised children to play in the work areas which contain mosaic glass tiles or work debris. Be sure to wear safety glasses or impact goggles at all times when working with mosaic glass tiles. Also be sure to wear durable gloves when cutting tile. Use a work surface which allows for easy clean-up. Clean your work area regularly to minimize the accumulation of broken tiles and glass shards.


Your Mosaic Project Is Ready to Be Admired!


Your new birdbath will look so lovely in your yard. Remember, when it comes to art, the beauty is often found in the imperfections! So, please enjoy and do not worry about it looking perfect.



© Copyright Faith Reaper, December 28, 2013


My Mosaic Birdbath Creation

My Mosaic Birdbath Creation

My Mosaic Birdbath Creation

This Is My First Mosaic Birdbath Creation, and I Made a Few Mistakes, Can You Spot Them?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Did I use the wrong side of the mosaic tiles?
    • No.
    • Yes.
  2. Did I use the incorrect size top clay saucer that holds the water?
    • No, I used the correct size.
    • Yes, I used an 8" clay saucer instead of a 10" one, and it is off balance a bit.
  3. Did I glue the clay pots together incorrectly?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  4. Was I unable to get the grout to hold on the bottom part of the birdbath?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  5. Did a couple of tiles fall off when I was rinsing off the birdbath to take a photo?
    • Yes.
    • No.

Answer Key

  1. Yes.
  2. Yes, I used an 8" clay saucer instead of a 10" one, and it is off balance a bit.
  3. No.
  4. Yes.
  5. Yes.

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The Earliest Examples of Mosaics Were Found in a Temple in Abra, Mesopotamia

Comments

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on May 12, 2015:

Hi RTalloni,

Oh, thank you so much! That is so kind of you.

Glad you like the project.

RTalloni on May 12, 2015:

After answering your comment on my garden art hub I thought I should probably check… :) Sure enough… :) So, am linking this to mine in a jiff.

Nicely done project, by the way. :)

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on March 31, 2015:

Hi VioletteRose,

I am so glad you found this hub informative and helpful. This project is so much fun as you can create whatever design you so desire and the beautiful tiles reflecting light are gorgeous to me. One does not have to use the Italian Tesserae as I have here, but just broken plates will even do and you can find them at your local craft store probably for free or tile store.

Yes, they are very pretty. I hope you give this one a try and then you will enjoy it for a long time to come. I have left mine outside in extreme heat and cold, and the clay pots have not cracked yet.

Blessings

VioletteRose from Atlanta on March 31, 2015:

I didn't have much idea about making or maintaining bird baths, your hub is so informative and helpful. The mosaic bird baths look pretty too :)

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on February 02, 2015:

Hi Paula,

Thank you so much for stopping by my mosaic birdbath creation. Oh, you are most generous and kind in your commenting.

I hope you are staying warm up there in that terrible winter weather storm. Hopefully, you do not have to dig your way out!

Stay warm and God bless you too, lovely woman

Suzie from Carson City on February 02, 2015:

Theresa.....The bird bath is a lovely piece of art. I have a dear friend who does a lot of mosaic and it always impresses me. She's one of those very crafty, creative type women, (which I am really not) This sort of art amazes me.

This hub is wonderful. You have so much talent, my friend.....God Bless you, Paula

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on February 02, 2015:

Hello Tijani!

Thank you for visiting one of my creations. So nice of you to stop by this day.

I understand about being busy.

Aw, I am so sorry about your dad. Lung cancer is terrible to suffer with such a disease. My mother-in-law's husband died from it as well.

Hugs and prayers for comfort to you and yours.

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on February 02, 2015:

Very wonderful project and very creative mind.I like too the idea of using clay pots.

Sorry for being away .I was too busy .Now I am here free till next Monday.By the way,my dad passed away last Tuesday .He was having lung cancer.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on February 01, 2015:

Hi Ruth, I am glad you like my birdbath creation. The clay pots make it easy to make and once they are bonded together they will not come apart. You can use whatever sizes you want. Yes, one does not have to use mosaics but whatever materials you so desire even just painting a lovely design on it will be just as nice. The glass tiles do add a nice reflective touch in the sun though. Enjoy!

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on February 01, 2015:

Hi Audrey, Oh, I do hope you give this one a try. It is actually very therapeutic working with the mosaics. You can work on it just a little at a time. Each one is so unique to each person and really becomes a one of a kind art piece like no one else has as each design is unique to the individual. It does not have to be perfect. I made a good many mistakes with this one but I think that is what adds to it, the imperfections. I did have some issues with the grout too on the bottom half of the birdbath. I do hope you give it a try when spring arrives. I appreciate the votes across, pin and share! You are so kind. Blessings

Ruth Cox on February 01, 2015:

Your mosaic bird bath is a beauty. I love the idea of using clay pots but I'm not too keen on mosaic work. I might think up another decorative idea for a flower pot bird bath, though, so thanks for the idea.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 01, 2015:

You have made the most beautiful bird-bath Faith. With your great instructions and photos I want to give this a try. I'm not all that good at crafts but I do love this sort of thing. I know what I'll be doing come spring-time. Thank you so much. Voted across, pinning and sharing.

My best to you,

Audrey

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on February 01, 2015:

Hi Jackie,

Yes, you will really enjoy putting this one together in the spring after you have recovered from surgery. Take your time and heal though.

What is great is that you can make any design you so choose and any colors. The mosaics are so beautiful to me. You can even use old plates and just break them up and form a design. You do not have to buy the expensive Italian tiles.

Thank you for sharing.

This will give you a fun project to look forward to doing.

Hugs

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 01, 2015:

I never did make this and I really meant to. I got the pots and pieces and I have hundreds of beautiful sparklies I want to use on it. I think this will be my first recoup project this spring! Sharing!

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on January 18, 2015:

Hi Old Roses, Thank you so much for the enthusiastic comment! I do share your enthusiasm for mosaics. So glad you like this idea and will give it a try in the spring. Yes, if you were to buy one of these, it would be most expensive. I appreciate the vote up, share and pin.

Caren White on January 18, 2015:

WOW!! I've always wanted a mosaic birdbath but they are soooooo expensive. It never occurred to me that I could make one. Thanks so much for this fabulous hub. Now I can't wait for spring to make myself a mosaic birdbath. Voted up, shared and pinned.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on October 08, 2014:

Hello Dear techygran,

Hahaha, thank you so much for your enthusiastic comment here! I do so love mosaic too. Oh, I do hope you give it a try, as it is so easy to do and the designs are unlimited ... whatever your heart desires.

I appreciate the vote up and share.

Hugs and blessings always

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 06, 2014:

Yowzers, a young woman after my own heart! I love mosaic and would love to try my hand at the clay pot birdie bath. And I loved your video. Voted up and shared!

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 13, 2014:

Hi ologsinquito,

I am glad you found this birdbath to be lovely and love the theme of the Holy Spirit too. Mosaic art is so much fun to do as you can create any design you wish. I appreciate the vote up and share.

God bless

ologsinquito from USA on September 13, 2014:

This is a very attractive bird bath. I love the Holy Spirit theme. Voted up and shared.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on July 13, 2014:

Hi Kevin,

Oh, yes, that grey birdbath can be so beautiful and colorful with mosaic tiles and you can do whatever design your creative mind comes up with and that is what makes it so fun. Then you will have something beautiful too to look at and the birds enjoy as well.

I appreciate the vote up.

Let me know how it turns out if you do give it a try.

Have a great Sunday.

The Examiner-1 on July 13, 2014:

Hello Faith, I really liked the photos in this since they were colorful. It got me thinking, I already have a birdbath (ceramic). It is just grey and it used to be behind bushes but they were just cut down so perhaps I can add some color to it. Thanks. Voted up!

Kevin

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on March 27, 2014:

Hello sujaya venkatesh,

Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a kind comment.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on March 27, 2014:

Hi Becky,

So nice to see you stopping by to read! Oh, moving is such an ordeal for sure and it takes time to settle in. Yes, I do love watching the birds while they play in the water and chirp away due to being so happy. Birdbaths are great and with this project you can be as creative as you like with whatever design you want. Mosaics to me are so beautiful and they reflect the beautiful sun so brilliantly.

I hope your move goes well.

Take care and God bless,

Faith Reaper

sujaya venkatesh on March 27, 2014:

very beautiful faith

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on March 26, 2014:

Just moving and will see if I can find the time when I get settled. I love to watch the birds when they get a puddle or a birdbath. They look like they are enjoying it so much.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on March 26, 2014:

Oh, yes, Jackie, it is so much fun working with mosaics and the designs are unlimited. It looks nice in a garden, once the flowers are all in bloom. Let me know how it turns out if you do give a try. Hugs

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 26, 2014:

I have got to remember this one to make really soon! ^+

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on March 10, 2014:

Thank you so much, Audrey!

I appreciate you reading.

Have a lovely evening,

Faith Reaper

Audrey Howitt from California on March 10, 2014:

Love, love this idea!!!

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on March 07, 2014:

Hi Devika,

So glad you have stopped by to read! Thank you for your generous comments here. I am glad you love this idea. I just love Mosiacs for they truly are beautiful, especially the Italian tesserae tiles.

I am glad the instructions are simple to understand. Each one is unique to the one who make it. You should give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

I appreciate the vote up and more.

Have a lovely weekend,

Faith Reaper

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 07, 2014:

A great idea and your creative thoughts are endless I love this idea and so ways to do. Your instructions are simple to understand. An informative and interesting hub voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.