With Mother’s day on the horizon, I thought I would mosaic a tray for Mom, she deserves breakfast in bed served up in style, yes? I have tons of chipped china in the cupboard for a start, plus the ceramic homewares section at thrift stores is definitely a favorite.
Now this project can be time consuming (Mom’s worth it though, right?)! It’s also messy and the fractured pieces can be sharp – so let’s call this a grown-up DIY project, for big kids only. The result is beautiful and as you rub the grout off the pieces you’ll feel like an archeologist slowly uncovering the something long-awaited and spectacular.
Here’s What you’ll need:
Pretty old china- the thinner the better, think of a color scheme for a more cohesive look.
Cloth or old rag – you can use the same thing to cover the plates in the beginning and then wipe away the grout in the end.
An object to use- like an old tray, dish, etc.
Large, strong working surface.
Here’s what I did:
I placed all plates under a cloth on the kitchen table and smashed them with a hammer, then used a tile glue to place them where I wanted on the tray. After the glue has set, you use a light grout to cover all the cracks; push it along with a sponge and then rub it off the tile after it has started to dry- this is the part that takes a long time! You also want to be sure to use the flattest pieces possible. Perhaps next time I will go for something less ambitious like a mosaiced plant pot? Yes!
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