Here is my step-by-step guide to show you how I created this cheerful, summery mosaic flower pot for the garden. You can also buy a kit to help you to make your own!!
You will need:
- Plain 29cm terracotta flower pot – B & Q (price £4.50)
- PVA Bonding(builders strength) – B& Q or local builders’ merchants approximately £8.00/2.5 litres
- Cementitious tile adhesive (outdoor quality) – Topps Tiles or Tiles UK, eg. BAL Rapidset Grey 5kg, £10.49
- Grout (outdoor quality, wide joint, grey) – Topps Tiles or Tiles UK, eg. BAL Wide Joint Grout Grey, 3.5kg £10.49
- China marker
- Tile nippers
- Safety specs
- Grout squeegee
All the above items available from Tracey Cartledge Ltd: http://www.traceycartledge.co.uk/products?tags=accessories
- Marker pen and pencil
- Hammer/foam sheet
- Straight line tile cutter
- Paint brush
- Spatula/glue spreader
- Tubs to mix in
Seal the pot both inside and out with a coat of diluted builder’s PVA. Mix the PVA with clean cold water in the ratio 1:4.
Paint the inside and outer lip of the pot with green acrylic paint. Choose a shade lighter than the result you’d like because it darkens as it dries.
Once the paint is dry, mark the positions for your daisies on the pot in pencil. Try to get them equally spaced on directly opposite sides of the pot. When you are happy with the position, confirm your lines with marker pen.
Break up white tiles with a hammer to produce random shapes, big enough for the petals. Do the same with the yellow for the daisy centres. Wear safety specs for this task and cover the tile with a piece of foam sheet or thich fabric to prevent shards from flying around.
Use the tile cutter to cut narrow strips of light green for the blades of grass and dark green for the flower stem. Make four slightly wider strips of dark green to use for the two halves of the leaf shapes.
Draw guide lines onto your tile pieces with the china marker and then use the tile nippers, gradually working nip by nip around the outline, to refine the shapes for 2 daisy centres, 16 white petals, 4 leaves, little squares for the stems and plenty of grass blades (mine needed 35!!).
Assemble all the daisy pieces ready to apply onto the first side of the pot. Mix up a small amount of tile adhesive in a tub or paper cup and, wearing gloves, start to fix the pieces into place. Butter the adhesive onto the reverse of the daisy centre to start with, using an old knife or spatula, to a thickness of approximately 2mm. Press each piece firmly into place. Allow to set. Gently clean off the excess adhesive with a damp cloth.
Repeat this procedure for the second daisy and then for the grass blades and background blue sky. For my pot, I added some recycled crockery, glass beads and glass mosaic squares for extra texture and interest. Leave to fully set – preferably overnight.
Now its time to grout! I have chosen grey as I feel it sits back quietly and does not compete with the colours in this design. Once you have mixed the grout, plop it onto the mosaic surface. Then use a squeegee to spread it across with a downwards motion, encouraging it to fill all the gaps. Work your way all around the pot.
Remove excess grout first with the squeegee and then with a damp cloth. Take care to uncover any pieces that sit lower than their neighbours if, like me, you have used tile pieces of varying thickness. Leave to set for about 15 minutes. Finally, use a dry cloth to buff up your mosaic work. Remove any grout from the painted rim with a damp cloth and if necessary, touch up with the green acrylic paint.
One Gorgeous Mosaic Flower Pot!!