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How to Make Mosaic Tile Flower Pots
I love this project and have really been happy with the results!
Warning: While it is time consuming, a bit dirty, and hard work, it’s fun and you will learn to create beautiful one-of-a kind pots. I made the pots shown here using this step-by-step process. It takes 3 sessions to complete, so gauge your time accordingly.
First make sure you have all of your materials--many of these items can be purchased online:
- New terra cotta flower pots and saucers
Weldbond Adhesive (I order online, or you can find it at Ace Hardware); or Mod Podge – both are adhesives that will seal your pots
- Grout (I ordered on line) –it comes in colors, but you can also add paint to the mix to create your own colors
- Multi-purpose ceramic tile adhesive (found at my hardware store)
- Silicone grout sealer – to seal your final product
- Acrylic paint
Fun stuff – You get to choose from an endless supply of free and purchased items! I love using broken dishes (some I find at second hand stores and some are my own); shells; rocks; mosaic tile; sea glass; and found objects. There are many excellent online sources for mosaic tile! My main advice is to have lots of fun and experiment – there is no right or wrong design!
There are many wonderful online companies for beautiful tile! I have been very happy with Mosaic Art Supply - they have great supplies at good prices!
- Tile cutters (this may be optional for you)
- Inexpensive paint brushes
- Eye goggles – to use when hammering dishes, etc.
- Paper masks – to use when mixing grout
- Plastic mixing bowls and spoons
- An old wooden spoon or stir stick for mixing grout
- Paper Towels and rags for clean-up
- Plastic gloves – the thin ones that fit you snugly and are disposable - one’s you can work with!
- Newspaper etc. - to protect your working surfaces
Step 1: Getting Started Wear your arty gear!
Create a Space: This is messy work, so be sure to have a large working surface that you have covered with protective, paper, plastic, or cloth (I use lots of newspaper spread out on a folding table in my backyard. On nice days, I love doing this project outside, because I don’t have to worry so much about the mess and I enjoy the atmosphere! This is a perfect project for Spring or early Fall! Of course, you can always use your art studio or work just as easily at your kitchen table.
Prepare your Pots: Warning! Do not skip this step or, over time, water will seep into the grout and loosen your adhered objects. You can use an inexpensive large paint or gesso brush to apply the sealer – I use Weldbond or Mog Podge. Follow the instructions and let the surfaces dry accordingly.
Break out the fun
stuff: Now you can start gluing on mosaic tile, broken dishes, shells, sea glass and interesting found objects, creating your designs as you
go, or taking time to create something more planned out. Mix it up!
I prefer the former, and just start smashing dishes (remember to put on your goggles, and wrap your pottery in an old towel before smashing it!). I just start applying materials as my mood moves me (what this reveals about me, I’m not sure!). I use an old palette knife or sometimes a plastic knife to put the ceramic tile adhesive on the items I want to glue. Then, I place the pieces directly on the pot’s surface. I continue adding objects I find pleasing, and arranging them as I go – it takes a while for the adhesive to dry, so you have the freedom to move things around for a while. Once your piece is completed and you are satisfied with your arrangement, let the pieces dry for 24-hours before grouting!
Step 2: Grouting It’s daunting but worth it!
Many mosaic tile artists and crafters hate this step, but somebody’s gotta do it! It’s time to grout – the grout can be used as is, or you can add paint color after it’s mixed with water. I ordered my grout from Dick Blick, but there are many other sources online. Follow the directions when mixing your grout very carefully, and be sure to wear your paper mask. The dust from the dry grout is toxic to the system, and you do not want to inhale it. Once it is mixed, you are free to add paint to achieve the color you like.
Once the grout is ready to apply, put on your plastic gloves, and start to spread the gout over the mosaic tile on your the pot, making sure to go into all of the crevices carefully. When the grout has set according to the directions, you can take a clean rag, and wipe off the excess, leaving all of the areas to be filled in. Be sure to uncover any small pieces you have added to your design, and clean your tiles and pottery well. Make sure you work quickly to remove the grout before it hardens. Now, you just have to wait a couple of days for the grout to set before adding your final grout sealer.
Step 3: Spray with silicone grout sealer – it is advised to wait 2-3 weeks for the grout to properly dry before adding the final sealer. Just put your pots on the shelf, and go pick out the flowers!
Final Tip! This is a great project to do with a friend who is equally passionate about mosaic art, and who doesn't mind getting really messy!
To explore the wide world of mosaic making, check out the books from Amazon!
Mosaic Art in Landscaping
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Johne280 on June 30, 2014:
There is clearly a bundle to realize about this. I suppose you made some good points in features also. bbggeceeckda
kartika damon (author) from Fairfield, Iowa on May 24, 2012:
Hi Paramapoonya, thank you for your kind words! :)
Om Paramapoonya on May 24, 2012:
Your first pot actually looks quite wonderful! You're so creative and artsy. Thanks for sharing this lovely hub. :)
susantoandre26 on September 06, 2010:
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Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on June 21, 2010:
kartika - I am back. Creating a hub about a mosaic muralist (Isaiah Zagar) and would love to link to this hub in case any readers are inspired to create their own. I hope you don't mind.
kartika damon (author) from Fairfield, Iowa on March 25, 2010:
Dolores, I would love to see your birdbaths! I have thought about doing a birdbath and now you have me thinking some more! Thanks for dropping by!!!
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 23, 2010:
Kartika, your pot is beautiful. I love blue and white! I bet you got those pretty blue glass things at the dollar store. That's where I got mine when I made mosaic bird baths and I do agree that it is a fun project and messy as all the best projects are. But! I think I neglected to put that first sealer on. I guess the people I gave them to now have themselves a big mess. Oh, foo.
kartika damon on October 29, 2009:
Hey Peg, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment - let me know if you end up making one for yourself! Best, Kartika
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 29, 2009:
What a great project to do with a friend. Your finished product is gorgeous, very creative. Thanks for the thorough instructions and sources for material.
kartika damon (author) from Fairfield, Iowa on September 24, 2009:
Thank for commenting! I hope you have fun with this project - I love making these!
James Elmore from Upper Lake, CA on September 24, 2009:
Fun project and the result is so cheerful. Want to try this now.