Have you ever tried to mosaic a terra cotta pot? It’s a great mosaic project for beginners. And will look wonderful in your garden! We’ll show you how to glue on the tiles to create your mosiac. Then we’ll show you how to apply the grout and buff the tiles clean. Finally we’ll show you how to apply grout sealer to protect your mosaic in the garden.
How To Mosaic A Terra Cotta Pot
Terra cotta pot, 7″
Glass shell-shaped table scatters, 2″
Large flat marbles (green, turquoise, cobalt & clear)
Small flat marbles (aqua, turquoise & cobalt)
Glass tiles, 1″ (aqua, blue, green & turquoise)
Mirror tiles, 1″
Premixed sanded grout, gray
Mosaic grout sealer
Spray paint primer (gray or white)
Fast drying glue like Beacon’s 527 or clear silicone adhesive
1. Spray paint the pot with the primer and let dry.
2. Glue the tiles, flat marbles, and shell-shaped glass scatters to the outside surface of the pot. Leave spaces between the tiles of about 1/8″ to ½”, these spaces are called “grout lines.” (Your grout package will specify what size grout lines to leave.)
3. Wear your gloves. Use the putty knife to apply the grout to the mosaic. Use a sponge or your gloved fingers to move the grout around making sure to push it into every space between the tiles. Smooth the grout around the top and bottom edges of the pot. Wipe any excess grout off of the tiles. Let the grout dry for 30 minutes.
4. A haze will form on the tiles as the grout dries. Buff this haze off the tiles with a damp sponge.
5. Let the grout dry for 24 hours. Then paint a thin layer of sealant all over the mosaic using the sponge paintbrush. Let the sealant dry for 48 hours before exposing the pot to weather. (Sealant makes the mosaic water resistant, not waterproof.)
Jennifer & Kitty