How to Create a Mosaic Tile Vase

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A mosaic tile vase is a focal point in any décor. Few craft projects produce such an attractive, interesting item. Whether you want to create a mosaic tile vase to incorporate into your own décor, or make one to give as a gift, you are sure to have fun with this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Small Tiles (1 inch or less)
  • Mosaic Adhesive
  • Small Paintbrush
  • Spatula or Plastic Putty Knife
  • Premixed Tile Grout
  • Damp Rag
  • Clean the surface of the vase to remove any dirt and grease. The mosaic pieces will adhere best to a clean, dry surface.

  • Determine the layout of the mosaic pieces. You can form a design, create a random pattern, or even form neat rows.

  • Apply mosaic adhesive to the surface of the vase using a small paintbrush. Only apply adhesive to the small area you are currently working in to prevent the adhesive from drying. Mosaic adhesive dries clear, and is therefore great to use on glass vases. If the adhesive color does not matter, you can use a hot glue gun or a strong-bond craft glue.

  • Press the mosaic pieces onto the adhesive. Leave a uniform gap, about 1/8-inch wide, between the tiles.

  • Allow the adhesive to dry for the amount of time indicated in the adhesive instructions.

  • Spread grout over the entire surface of the mosaic pieces using a spatula or plastic putty knife, pressing the grout into the spaces between the mosaic pieces. Use the edge of the spatula or putty knife to scrape as much excess grout off the mosaic pieces as possible.

  • Allow the grout to set according to package directions, usually overnight.

  • Clean the remaining excess grout off the mosaic pieces with a damp rag. Buff with the rag to remove all grout reside.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bags of assorted mosaic tiles specifically for mosaic craft projects are available at your local craft store.
  • If desired, use tile nippers to shape the mosaic tiles if desired.
  • You can use Plaster of Paris to grout between your mosaic tiles, but it sometimes cracks and does not typically look as attractive as tile grout.

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