I f you saw my how to create a succulent garden post last week, then you no doubt spotted the large mosaic pot I used to house all my pretty plants.
This week, I'm going to show you how to make a mosaic tile container just like it.
It's easy, you can do it and you'll love it.
You'll need a good pot to start out with.
Plastic pots won't work but terra cotta pots are a decent choice for this type of project.
Choose your pot size based on what you plan to put in it.
Mine measures 13-inches in diameter and only cost me $7 at a local garden shop.
You won't need too many other supplies.
Grab a hammer, goggles and plastic gloves.
You'll also need some tile adhesive.
There are loads on the market but I like Liquid Nails because it comes in an easy-to-handle tube and is water soluble for easy cleanup. I love easy cleanup.
As for your tile selection, you can use just about anything that strikes your eye. There are so many colorful tile options out there.
I found these tiles on a clearance table at my local hardware store for less than $2 per stack.
Several tiles were already cracked or chipped (thus, clearance table) which was OK, since I planned to break them up anyway.
TIP: Check clearance tables first because that's where you'll typically find damaged tiles at a wonderfully reduced price. This is also where you may find unique pieces that can be used as accents for your mosaic project.
I love this kind of tumbled marble, rustic appearance and I think the pits give the tile that much more character.
These pits will eventually get filled with grout but the small pockets will still help add variation to the look of the finished project.
I decided to use pre-mixed grout because I didn't need a large amount and I also didn't feel like dealing with the mess that is often associated with mixing powdered grout.
You want the mosaic pieces to be highly visible and really pop so make sure you select a grout color that contrasts well with the tile.
Repeat as needed to get the necessary number of pieces to cover the pot.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Even though the tile is inside a plastic bag, you should still wear protective goggles. I've seen shards of tile unexpectedly break through a plastic bag and fly through the air. Clearly dangerous.
Also, small children may be curious about this step but always keep them away from the area while breaking tile.
You can crack your tiles into large or small pieces but just try to keep them fairly consistent for a uniform application.
Apply a small dab of adhesive directly from the tube to the back of each piece of tile and carefully position it onto the terra cotta pot.
Press firmly for a few seconds and then repeat, making sure to keep the broken tiles evenly spaced as best you can.
As you apply the tiles, some pieces may slowly slide out of place.
No problem. Just gently push it back into position and hold for a few seconds to make sure it's secure.
You may want to keep your plant placement in mind as you apply your tile pieces.
For example, I knew I was going to plant my succulents a few inches below the rim, so I decided to add a layer of tile along the inside of the pot for added appeal.
Once you've covered the pot with tiles, allow the pieces to dry and set overnight.
Once you start grouting you don't want any shifting of the tile so you need a good 12-14 hours drying time before you begin any grouting.
Scoop up a small amount of the pre-mixed grout and start to fill the spaces around the tile pieces.
Apply the grout slowly because more than likely you'll run across a few jagged, tile edges and they are definitely sharp.
I avoided any minor finger injuries this time around but I still ended up snagging and ripping several pair of these thin rubber gloves due to the sharp tile edges.
After the grout has been applied, use a wet sponge to gently rub over the surface to clean the tiles.
Don't oversoak the sponge because the grout is also still moist during this step and you don't want to wash away the grout while cleaning.
You may still have some errant grout on the tile surface even afte the project is dry.
Simply scrape it away with a soft plastic spoon or knife and then use a wet cloth to shine up the tile pieces.
This is definitely a weekend-long project but it's simple and I think you'll love the finished result.
I will say the addition of grout and tile made this pot incredibly heavy, now weighing-in at a hefty 54-pounds.
This won't be going on my glass-topped patio table like I orginally planned but I'm sure I'll find another suitable location.
It's a good idea to also apply a tile sealant to help preserve your new mosaic.
Meanwhile, here's a final look at my new garden pot pot which is now home to my thriving succulent plants.
Imagine how nice yours will look when you put your own creative spin on a mosaic tile container.
I've seen some amazing mosaic tile projects in books and around the Internet and I'm looking forward to trying my hand at more intricate mosaic work down the road. Stay tuned.
So, have you ever created a mosaic project? If so, what did you make?
If not, I hope you're inspired to give it a try.
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