I love doing mosaics, it’s like building a puzzle but you get to decide what pieces you want to use. This little doorstop is a perfect beginner project if you’d like to learn how to mosaic and it doesn’t cost a lot either.
What you need
- One large rock from your garden
- Mosaic pieces
- Little ornaments
- Extra strong, tacky glue
- Mosaic nippers (optional)
Start by doing a little mock up of what you’d like your doorstop to look like. I drew a heart and then added the little birds. Basic shapes are always easier when you make your first mosaic. Don’t make the shape to small otherwise you’ll just end up frustrated and there’ll be glue all over the place.
Cut the mosaic tiles into pieces using the cutters or buy some pre-cut tiles; you’ll find them at most craft shops. Glue your tiles inside the heart working from the outside in, just like a puzzle. Play around with the tile pieces until you find one that fits nicely. Don’t worry if it’s not a perfect fit, we’ll fix it when we add the grout.
To grout, mask off the finished shape – rocks are quite porous and the grout may stain it. Mix your grout according to instructions. I usually use a ratio of 1 part grout to 2 parts water, the grout should be the consistency of yogurt. For a small mosaic you only need 1 table spoon of grout and 2 table spoons of water. Use a plastic spoon and pour the grout over your shape making sure it goes into all the little gaps between the tiles. Let it stand for a few minutes and then wipe off the excess with a damp rag. If all the gaps between the tiles are covered, you’re done. If you still see gaps, just spoon some more grout on and repeat. When the grout is completely dry, about an hour, remove the masking tape and glue on the little ornaments for a perfect little mosaic door stop.
Some extra mosaic tips :
- Use extra strong, tacky glue. Rocks are oddly shaped and tacky glue will stick to most surfaces, even bumpy ones. If you use runny glue, you’ll spend half the time chasing the tiles around the rock as they slip and slide all over the place.
- Try and find a rock that’s reasonably flat and big enough to work on
- Wear googles if you’re going to cut the tiles. Those tile chips have a tendency to fly all over the place
- If you don’t have any mosaics, try breaking up some old plates. Put the plates in a plastic bag and cover with a thick towel and simply hammer away. Not too much, you don’t want too many teeny bits, they won’t stick and they’re very sharp.