I’m lucky enough to live in a beautiful island. Whenever I’ve got some spare time in the morning, I never miss the chance to go for a walk at the seaside.
Needless to say that especially now that the weather is warm and sunny, there’s nothing more energizing than a walk.
So, during one of my morning walks, I came across a very small beach that is full of small little pebbles, broken glasses and tiles. All deteriorated by time and the sea.
I always find cool stuff at the beach that I use for my projects. Pebbles, sand, wooden sticks, shells. This time, were the small broken tiles. And they were all so beautiful and unique.
As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
With these beautiful findings, I decided to work on a new project and give these objects a new life.
In this post, I’ll show you how to make a mosaic trivet with sea pottery. The cool thing about this project is that you can do the same for coasters, trays or anything else you can think of.
Let’s see what we have here.
The basic materials we’re going to need
The tools we’re going to need
Let’s get started!
Making mosaic trivet with sea pottery step by step
The most challenging part of this project is to get all the little tiles and glass pieces.
I know that this isn’t easy for many people but you can go to your nearest beach, lake, river, mountain etc and find anything that can be of use.
Alternatively, you can pay a visit to a DIY shop, buy a couple of tiles and break them into small pieces. I’m positive that you’ll be able to find there everything that you need.
Besides the tiles, I also got few pieces of wood from a friend of mine, who’s a carpenter. Depending on what kind of object you wish to create, you can either do the same or use an old wooden object.
The object that I’m planning to make with these materials, is a pot trivet. This doesn’t mean that you can’t consider creating something else like tray, coasters, frames or anything else you can imagine!
Here comes the most exciting part of this project! We’re going to stick the tiles on the object.
To make sticking easier, you can draw a pattern on your object beforehand, so you have a guide on where to stick each tile on the wooden surface.
Next, I apply wood glue under each tile and then I stick them on the wooden surface.
Make sure that all the tiles have the same thickness so that you get a nice, uniform result. This is particularly important if you wish to use it as a coaster, tray, etc. Otherwise, the surface is going to be uneven.
There’s no need to worry though If the thickness is different. There’s another way to make it work.
You can either apply more glue underneath the tile or you can put two tiles, one on top of the other. This way, you can get all the tiles at the same height and thickness.
Once I finish sticking all the tiles on the wooden object, I leave it for 24 hours to dry.
Everything should be dry by now and it’s the time to fill any gaps between the stuck tiles.
For this, I’m going to need grout, water, acrylic paints and last but not least, my tools.
As a quick note, I buy grout in powder form and dilute it with water.
Even though I prefer buying grout in white color, there are also many more to choose from. I feel that the white color gives me more flexibility so that I’m free to use combine it with any acrylic color I want.
As you see from the pictures, I diluted white grout in one cup. In two other cups, I mixed it with blue and brown colors.
Tip: Dilute the grout with enough water so that it’s able to spread through the gaps. If the grout doesn’t fill the gaps, there’s a high chance that it will get cracks when it dries.
As I was saying, I use a plastic bowl and place grout and water inside. I dilute it by steering it well enough with a stick until I reach the desired texture.
Once that’s done, I put the acrylic color inside the bowl and continue steering.
When the diluted and colored grout is ready, I use a spatula and spread the grout on my object. I apply a bit of pressure between the gaps so that they’re nicely filled with grout.
The next thing I want to do is wet a small brush with water and press it in the gaps where I applied the grout. This way, I make sure that the gaps are well filled with grout.
On the following picture, you see the white grout that I used on a different object.
When the grout fills the gaps nicely between the tiles, I leave the object for 20 minutes to dry.
Upon that, I use a wet towel to clean any grout residues on the tiles.
When I’m happy with the cleaning, I leave my object to dry between one and two days.
As my object gets dry, some cracks start making their appearance.
But there’s no need to worry since this is highly expected. This is the best time to make my final corrections.
I take a wet cotton swab and stroke it against the cracks until they disappear.
Up until the moment that your objects gets fully dry, keep on keeping an eye on any cracks appearing and repeat the same thing with the cotton swab as explained above.
My object is now ready!
You can consider applying a bit of varnish in case you’re making a decorative object. Your object is going to look much more impressive with it. Only because I’m interested in placing hot pots on it, I don’t apply any varnish.
So, here it is!
Good luck with your creations and let me know if you happen to make a mosaic trivet with sea pottery or any other similar objects.