Tile Mosaic Crafts: DIY mosaics for the garden and indoors, too

I love mosaics, but I’ve not yet tried to make my own. And I have no excuse – making a 3-D mosaic is as easy as this five-step tutorial. How pretty would these mosaic eggs, cone or even a tile mosaic garden ball be in my garden? I bet you feel the same way, so I’m sharing this easy tutorial today so you can make a mosaic for your garden. Of course, these look beautiful indoors, too.

This post has so many different ways to make mosaic garden ornaments! CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a Tile Mosaic, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone; 4” egg (balls would work, too)
  • Ceramic tile: Sheets of 3/8” squares in colors of your choice
  • Latex ceramic tile adhesive
  • Grout in color of your choice (Kathleen used white)
  • Acrylic floor wax
  • Tools needed: Tile nippers; palette knife; rubber spatula; disposable gloves; lint-free cloth; old rag
These mosaics aren't hard -- make them in five steps with the tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

So pretty — indoors or out!

To make a Tile Mosaic:

  1. Beautiful tile mosaic patterns. Make a Garden Mosaic Ball with this tutorial. CraftsnCoffee.com.

    If you like, add your tiles in a pattern.

    Create the filler tiles first. Using tile nippers, cut a handful of tiles in each color in half lengthwise and diagonally.

  2. With the palette knife, spread tile adhesive 1/8” thick on your foam cone, egg, or other shape. Firmly press tiles into the adhesive, with 1/8″ – ¼” space between each tile. Use the filler pieces you made in Step 1 to fill in gaps and small areas. Let the adhesive dry.
  3. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the grout. Use a spatula to apply the grout to your mosaic, and firmly work the grout into all of the grooves and gaps. As you work, use a damp cloth to wipe excess grout from the tiles.
  4. Let the piece sit for 30 minutes, and then use a lint-free cloth to rub all traces of grout from the tiles. Let the grout dry for 24 hours.
  5. Seal with floor wax.

Mosaics you can really make in five steps! Beautiful for the garden. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can change the look of your mosaic when you use different kinds of tile. Kathleen made these Venetian Glass Mosaic Eggs using glass tiles instead of ceramic.

DIY mosaic eggs

Glass Tile Mosaic Eggs by Kathleen George.

Use small stone tiles, like these Stone Mosaic Garden Balls, for a more organic, natural style.

Stone Mosaic Garden Balls by Kathleen George.

Stone Mosaic Garden Balls by Kathleen George.

Or, forgo tiles all together and make a Pebble Mosaic Garden Ball.

how to make a pebble or river rock mosaic garden ball

Pebble Garden Mosaic Ball by Kathleen George.

Did you notice that Kathleen George designed all of these mosaics? She is a master of mosaics! A few years ago, I had a chance to meet Kathleen and she showed me this gorgeous mosaic she made for her terrace. I am in awe of her talents!

Pebble Mosaic

One of the four pebble mosaics Kathleen designed for her terrace.

Have you made a mosaic? Share your story, please. I need to overcome my mosaic phobia and make my own!

Craft on!



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12 Responses to Tile Mosaic Crafts: DIY mosaics for the garden and indoors, too

  1. CraftyB says:

    Love the pebble mosaic!! That would look great in my garden.

  2. Taffie says:

    My son likes to garden, so one Christmas I made him a gazing ball with matching flower pots. I had purchased some of those huge, plastic Christmas tree balls at an after Christmas sale, sawed off the top hanger(it was all one piece), half filled it with sand & used random, broken pottery and china to mosaic the whole ball and the rims of the pots. It’s really a lot of fun!

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    Very creative and beautiful!

  4. annehaun says:

    These are beautiful – would love to give this a try. Wish me luck.

  5. I just did a tile mosaic on my newly painted bureau and LOVE it! I still have some tiles left and am going to give some of these ideas a try!! Thanks again for even more inspiration!

    • Sharon says:

      Wow, I bet your bureau is beautiful! I really have to make a mosaic someday soon. Let me know how your mosaic garden art turns out. Craft on! Sharon

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