Creative idea: Decorate clay pots with mosaic border

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Magnificent mosaics of Moorish gardens can not be realized with us, but even small ideas such as decorated flower pots are pretty eye-catching. Creative hobbyist decorate simple planters with mosaic stones from the craft shop or shards of tiles or discarded dishes. Fixed with tile adhesive and grout, the old pot becomes a small work of art. There are no limits to your imagination.

Material and tools

  • clay pot
  • pencil
  • colorful / patterned tiles, porcelain pieces, glass nuggets, various mosaic stones
  • to attach the stones: silicone, tile adhesive or mosaic adhesive from the craft supplies
  • grout
  • spatula cup
  • old tea towels
  • rubber gloves
  • Plastic knife or small spatula
  • thrush
  • hammer
  • Mosaic / Breaking Pincer

Basic course mosaic

Think about how you want to decorate the pot. Special effects arise through alternating work with stones, pieces of glass and broken glass. If you like, transfer the desired pattern in advance to the edge of the pot with a pencil. Now the tesserae are being prepared. Smash old tiles and plates with a hammer between several layers of tea towels. If necessary, the fragments can then be cut with mosaic tongs. Be careful with broken tiles: The edges can be razor sharp!

Step by step: Decorate clay pot with mosaic

Apply mosaic glue

Apply adhesive selectively

The glue for the mosaic is applied step by step (left). For fine structures, you can also apply the adhesive selectively (right)

Apply in sections the silicone, tile or mosaic glue on the pot. Spread the mass a little before sticking the tiles one at a time. The design of the lower pot area requires particularly careful work. Dab the adhesive in spots. Alternatively, you can only apply glue to the back of the pebbles.

Glue pot edge with mosaic

Mosaic grouting

The edge of the pot is also covered with small mosaics (left) and the mosaic has (right)

Afterwards, the upper edge is covered with mosaic tiles. Now mix the grout according to the package instructions and apply generously with gloves and a sponge. Important: Since only a part of the pot is decorated with mosaic, you should apply the mass only from bottom to top. Soft transitions on the edge can be easily blurred with your fingers.

Wash off grout

Clay pot with mosaic

Excess grout is washed off (left) and the mosaic surface polished after drying (right)

Remove excess grout before it is fully cured with the sponge from the surface of the mosaic. Do not wash the mass out of the joints. Once the mosaic surfaces have dried well, the whole pot edge is polished with a dry tea towel.
Tip: To break mosaic tiles or tiles and to bring them into the desired shape, a good pair of pliers is necessary. A mosaic pliers with carbide cutting edges are particularly suitable for ceramics. For tesserae made of glass special glass tongs are recommended.

Mosaic in the Mediterranean garden

Mosaic in Parc Güell, Barcelona

Mosaics in the garden

Thousands of years ago, people began to use pebbles as flooring - wherever they washed up on beaches or riverbanks. Initially, the focus was on practical use as a robust and stable surface, but soon artists were engaged to compose the entire picture. The ancient Greeks, for example, were happy to show hunting scenes, but also in China, Spain or later in Italian Renaissance gardens are still partially or completely preserved examples. The stones themselves survive without problems, because only hard rock types survive the long and permanent grinding in moving water. Stable laid, therefore mosaics from today's time could still enjoy many subsequent generations.

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