Friday, June 6, 2014

Garden Decor Project: Make a Mosaic Pot

handcrafted mosaic pot
Mosaic Pot by Mickie_G
A few summers ago, I made the mosaic pot you see to the left at a workshop sponsored by Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, Alabama.

Ever since I was a child, I have loved creating crafts that involved tile. I remember my mother taking me to the hobby shop every year just before our annual summer visit to my grandmother. My mom knew that if she let me pick out a craft kit, I would not get bored. More often than not, I chose a mosaic kit.

I still remember the 6" circular dish I made with prayerful hands in the middle. The kit came with enough 1/4 inch square tiles for me to play with the design if I did not want to make one just like the example on the box lid. I usually I ended up choosing a checkerboard pattern.  These mosaic craft kits filled my days with much happiness and gave my parents a vacation from entertaining me, I imagine. But enough reminiscing!

I won't go into how I made the mosaic pot shown in the images on this page, but I will share with you some things I did learn about tile covered pots:


  • Do not leave your mosaic pot outside during the winter months as the freezing temperatures will cause the pot to break and the mosaic pieces to fall off.
  • If you use broken dishes or crockery, it is best to use totally flat pieces if you use larger, broken bits.  It is easier to rub off the grout if there are no sharp points that are higher than your decorative shards. You can see in the photo below that I used some broken pieces from a plate. I should have trimmed the sharp points on the edges off. 
  • To break up dishes and crockery, put them between several sheets of newsprint before you break them up with a small hammer. 
  • If you want to preserve the pattern as it is on the dish, use duck tape on the back of the dish before you break it into pieces.
  • Try to fit the "tiles" close together as possible but still leave enough room for the grout. I think I left too much space so there is a lot of grout space. 
  • Wear a mask to mix up your dry grout and powdered mastic. This is a MUST!
  • Gloves for your hands are another must when rubbing in the grout. Surgical ones work best. 

Close up of my mosaic pot. 

mosaic craft 
I used glass globs and a broken dish. 
Can you see the buttons, too?


I am a "keeper" of useful things and a recycler of the broken and chipped, so I have a stockpile of broken dishes and pottery. However, I do not have the supplies like the grout and ceramic tile adhesive for making a mosaic piece.




Here is a video by "DIY Maven" that I discovered on YouTube that shows a very similar and easy process for making a mosaic flower pot.




There are several articles on Squidoo that might whet your appetite for making other types of mosaic crafts. Unfortunately, there are none about how to make a pot like mine. How To Mosaic: Art For Your Garden is a good introductory article to the craft of mosaics. 

Another very interesting and well written page I found on Squidoo is Mosaic Stepping Garden Stones that describes several ways one can create mosaics.  Lensmaster (that is what we call contributors on Squidoo.com) Pastiche has another cool article about making Mosaic Stepping Stones with some links to kits to purchase.

If you like the idea of a "kit", I found several mosaic craft kits for children available on Amazon. Here are a few links for you: Kits for ages 14+kits for ages 8 to 13; Kits for ages 5-7 years; Kits for ages 2 to 4. Most of the kits for young children use foam pieces and no grout. That is a good thing.

Keep your hands busy, y'all!


Photos: Mickie_G - all rights reserved.


5 comments:

  1. Mickie, your flower pot is lovely and yes, I do see a few buttons. One that looks like a flower :) I love mosaics, I always have. I have a chipped & cracked plate sitting in my craft room right now just waiting for me to figure out exactly what I want to do with it. I was actually considering a flower pot for my craft room since the plate has a moose on it that is completely unharmed and my craft room is decorated in moose, well the day bed in there has a moose and bear comforter on it and a stuffed moose rests there all the time. lol

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  2. Thank you for the great ideas, Mickie! I broke some of my favorite dishes on a coast-to-coast move. I didn't have the heart to throw them in the trash. I've been thinking of doing something like this. Awesome inspiration!

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  3. Mickie, I love your mosaic flowerpot, especially the way it just blends into the natural greenery with a glisten all its own! What fun that class must have been.

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  4. I love this flower pot! I tried to do a tile/mosaic table (tiny) and failed miserably. I'm feeling inspired to try again!

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  5. This is one of my favorite crafts too! I never get mad anymore if I (or someone in the family) breaks a dish. I smile, sweep up the pieces and start designing another mosaic craft! Great article, Mickie!

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