Mosaic art can give a nice touch to your home decor, and can be applied to any piece of furniture. A mosaic planter can do the same, and is easy to do and worth your time to make. There’s no need for any special skills to make an ordinary planter pot into a piece of art. All you need is a bit of imagination and ingenuity.
What you need:
- An ordinary planter pot
- Mosaic tiles or anything ceramic that can be used for decorations
- Tile grout
- Household glue
- Tile nippers
- Pencil or charcoal
- Safety mask, gloves
- Prepare the planter. Wash the pot thoroughly, and make sure that you remove any oils or other residue on the pot using detergent and degreaser. Let the planter dry out before you begin.
- Create your design. Sketch your design on the pot with a pencil or charcoal, you can use any picture or any pattern that you like. If you plan to use a freeform design, then you can skip this part.
- Prepare the tiles. Determine what color of tiles you will be using. You can use leftover china, glassware, and other ceramic items around your house that you may not need anymore. You can also inquire with local tile shops for leftover tiles, as you will probably be able to buy these cheap. Break the ceramic items and tiles into small pieces. Don’t overdo it, though. There’s a risk that the tiles will be ground to dust, but you will need sizable ones for your planter. Use the tile clippers to cut the tiles into shapes. Also, be sure to wear goggles for safety.
- Apply the tiles. Glue the tiles onto their appropriate places on the planter according to your design, and be sure to leave an eighth to a quarter inch of distance between each tile. Continue until the design is finished. Then, wait for at least two days for the glue to dry and the pieces to set on the pot.
- Apply the grout. Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Using a spatula or a gloved hand, fill in the spaces between the tiles. Apply the grout more than once to compact it and eliminate air pockets, then smooth it out until you create a solid surface. Wait for at least thirty minutes before you can sponge the pot again. This will wash out some of the grout caught on the tiles. Don’t use too much water, or the rest of the grout will come off.
- Finishing touches. The grout will settle and harden for at least ten days, so allow your pot to cure by giving it a light misting twice everyday during that time. Apply some penetrating grout sealer and water repellent to protect your design from strain damage. You have to reseal your planter once a year to keep it from being too damaged.
Making mosaic planters is fun and easy to do, and you don’t have to spend much to add a colorful piece of work around your house. You can even use it as a hobby, and you can put all those extra and broken ceramic items you have in your house to good use.