Spring and gardening on are my brain, even though today my world is covered in gray fog. I can’t see more than a few hundred feet out my window! A short article in the Spring issue of freshHOME takes the mystery our of making a mosaic pot for flowers, veggies, or cat grass! Making a mosaic pot costs about $20, requires 1.5 hours plus however long it takes you to gather supplies (see list below), and is a relatively low skill project. Let’s get started!
Supplies you need
Tile, old china you can break into pieces, smooth stones, glass beads (thrift stores are a great place to find cool plates)
Terra cotta pot (whatever size suits you)
Nipper (to shape pieces, optional)
Polymer-fortified thin-set mortar (pick up at any hardware store)
Sanded grout (hardware store)
Wrap your tile, dishes, and glass in a cloth and smash it a hammer until you have enough pieces of desired size. Lay out your design and chalk it onto the pot. Use a nipper to shape pieces, if you wish. Mix the mortar with water until it forms a paste the consistency of peanut butter. Grab the butter knife and spread mortar on each piece and stick it to the pot according to your design. Leave about 1/4 inch between pieces for grout. Stick the big pieces on first, then do the smaller pieces. Let dry overnight.
The next day, mix more mortar with water until you get that peanut buttery consistency. Put on your gloves and apply lots of mortar onto the pot’s surface. Rub the grout into the empty spaces, then wipe off the extra with a damp cloth. Use the wire brush to remove grout from the stones, then go over with a damp cloth to get rid of the brush marks. Depending on how fast the mortar dries, you may want to apply a section, go back and clean off the extra mortar, then move on and apply more mortar to a new section of your pot. Let dry a few days before making it home to a plant.
For mosaic designs and inspiration, check out MosaicMaddness.org.