When we moved into our new house, I knew I wanted to create some unique pieces for our garden. I love bright colours and glitter and so I decided that we would have a lot of mosaic pieces to decorate our garden.
I’d seen a number of unique ideas on pinterest and so thought I would take the plunge and give creating a mosaic a go. So I got online and ordered myself a few variety packs of glittery mosaics, some mosaic glue and some mosaic grout. I’m sure you could use superglue and normal glue but as I wanted this piece to go into the garden, I wanted to make sure that I got the right kit and that it would be ideal for purpose. The grout and glue were no more expensive than what I could have got in the hardware shop.
If you have old pots or tiles, you could break these into pieces and use these as your mosaics to make this a cheaper craft idea.
I started by buying a couple of mushroom garden pieces. These would give me the shape to decorate. You could make these using a mould and cement, but I wondered whether this would make it too heavy. You could use other items to decorate, small animals or pot planters. I chose mushrooms in this case.
If you want a specific pattern, I would suggest cutting out a paper shape the same size as the area you want to decorate and laying this out in advance. I didn’t want a specific pattern so I just randomised my mosaic piece.
Using the mosaic glue, I began sticking the mosaic pieces to the mushroom. I started in the middle and worked out. It was easier to glue a small area (around an eight of the mushroom) and then arrange the mosaics as I went. I separated the mosaics out into a chip and dip platter with different section so it allowed me to easily pick the exact colour and shape of mosaic out without having to root though the packet.
I left the glue to dry for 24 hours. Once I was sure the mosaics were stuck permanently, I mixed the grout together. I would suggest using gloves for this part.
The grout is simply mixed in a bowl using the right amount of water and grout powder. Follow the instructions on your grout. I then used a spatula to smear the grout into the cracks and around the mosaics. I removed any excess grout off the mushroom. You can leave it just roughly finished as after an hour, you can go over with a damp cloth to remove any residue on the mosaics. That way they will be shiny.
Leave to dry again overnight. This should allow the grout to harden. If you like you could varnish, I haven’t done so. I love the finish as it is. Voila, an easy mosaic mushroom. What do you think?
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