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4/29/14A Mosaic for Mama {DIY}

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.
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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.

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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.
Tile Glue
Light Grout
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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Project By Nicole Valentine Don for JB est. 1979
Photography By Fiona Galbraith



Justina Blakeney Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

7 responses to “A Mosaic for Mama {DIY}”

  1. Kiana says:

    This is really lovely! Great work!

  2. Such a great idea! I’ve actually seen one where the artist incorporated a whole, intact saucer plate into the mix, as a cupholder. I also love the china pattern you used – so pretty!

  3. stephanie says:

    this is not incorporating the point that mosaics are supposed to be flat… who would want a tray with a bumpy surface and sharp edges?!

    • Mary says:

      Okay I’m not crazy. I thought I was seeing a bumpity bump mosaic with lots of spaces and I guess I was! BUT I do have to say that it’s an adorable colour and a great idea!

  4. Luisa says:

    This is lovely! Can’t wait to try it out :) Just one question. What’s grout?

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