If this photo doesn't convince you to try your hand at a mosaic project, well then I guess I'm not much of a saleswoman! I made this mirrored pot about ten years ago, and I still love it. Simple yet stunning! And if you spend a little time this winter making some pots for your Spring garden you won't regret it for one minute when you see how gorgeous mosaic pots look outdoors! Or if you're from down under, or don't have much of a winter, then get to work and you can enjoy your works of art outdoors now.I was just thinking how I really like the juxtaposition of the square mirrored tiles with the pieces of broken bowl, and it suddenly occured to me all these year later that I have a confession to make! Hopefully it's never too late to fess up. I was at a friend's house and eyed her gorgeous blue ceramic soup bowls, thinking what lovely mosaics they'd make. And sure enough at least one of the those bowls did break and ended up in my hands! I do hope I had nothing to do with that! Now that I"ve gotten that off my chest, it's time to move on....and if I ever come to your house hide your good dishes, naw just kidding.
Here's a few more examples of some simple designs that you can do too! Tell all your friends to save any broken dishes that come their way, and look for some great plates from your local thrift store as well. And don't be afraid to combine broken dishes with pieces of ceramic floor tile as well, the white pot on the left has a band of squares cut from floor tile and the variety of texture is nice!
- terra cotta plant pots
- broken dishes, ceramic tile pieces, pre-cut mirrored squares or mirror that you'll cut yourself
- tile adhesive or silicone (silicone is good for small projects but a bit costly for larger ones)
- glass cutter to cut mirror if desired
- hammer to break dishes and an old towel
- protective eye wear
- grout in the color of your choice
- a damp cloth rag and some toothpicks
- See complete instructions here. I generally do not mosaic the top rim of the pots, rather I mosaic the side up to the edge and then fill in the holes from above with lots of grout. See photo above.
- Go crazy and make a whole bunch! Small ones aren't too time consuming and would make great gifts as well!