Monday, April 23, 2012

Mosaic Garden Art: Perfect For Mother's Day

 
  Ever since mom hung your first piece of artwork on the refrigerator, you knew she loved your homemade creations!! Nothing means more to a mom than something her loved ones made especially for her. If the frig is full and the house is too, you can make mom something for her garden! (or patio, or porch, or windowsill...)
  Mosaic items have been trending all over the internet, like Pinterest! It's personal, practical and pretty. You can select items that you or your mom likes or that have a special meaning for you both. You can also make it as simple or as complicated as you like.
  Here is a simple method great to do with younger children. Kids can pick fun items to put on the pots; buttons, tiny toys, "jems"...anything their little heart desires. Letting them select some items from a craft store is half the fun!:
Materials
  • Newspaper
  • Pieces of broken pottery, tiles, beads, marbles, beach glass, shells or charms
  • Ceramic tile grout (available at hardware stores)
  • Plastic knife
  • Terra-cotta flowerpot
  • Sponge
Instructions
  1. Cover the work area with newspaper. Before starting to decorate the pot, sort through the pottery pieces and discard any that have sharp edges (a parent's job).
  2. Spread a heavy layer of tile grout onto the flowerpot with the plastic knife. Then press the tile pieces into the wet grout. When finished, spread a little more grout between the pieces so that most of the broken edges are covered.
  3. After the pot is dry, wipe off any grout film with a damp sponge.

Finegardening.com has a great DIY piece on a slightly more "adult" method if you want to create something a little more intricate. Check it out here: Making Mosaic Garden Art

Have fun, and an early Happy Mother's Day from AK!

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