Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DIY: mosaic tile trivets

how to make easy mosaic tile trivets

we started with a trip to Goodwill to find some surfaces to mosaic on, and were pleasantly surprised with the various items we found

some ideas: glass vase, wooden cutting board, ceramic plate, large singular tile, wooden sign

what you need:
white or gray grout (we got ours from the hardware store)
tiles of any color, shape, size (we found lots of fun tiles from Scrap, our favorite craft warehouse in San Francisco)
tacky glue or hot glue
protective goggles
paper bags
paper towels or paintbrush

 find someone really tough, give them a hammer and protective goggles

...but not too much wine...

separate the tiles by color and put each color group in a paper bag

break up the tiles by hitting the bags with the hammer
careful not to hammer too much so you have various sized pieces

choose your color scheme and lay out your pieces first, then glue down the tile pieces on your surface 

leave a small space between each tile so there is room for the grout 
allow the glue to dry for a few hours

(we let them dry for a few days and grouted on a different night)

 when the glue is completely dry, fill in the design with grout and smooth over the top with a paintbrush or paper towel 

smooth along the outside of the design, and make sure it is an even, flat edge 
wipe off the tiles with a paper towel, there will be a gritty layer of grout on top  

final products:

note the mirror, which left an un-mosaiced part in the middle


1 comment:

  1. Your sideboard and vignette are beautiful! I would frame that embroidery....How gorgeous! Vanna
    Glass Mosaic Tiles


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