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If you enjoy doing projects with your grandkids, I have the perfect one for you that is so unique it could be one that you have yet to attempt: DIY mosaic artwork. As the name suggests, mosaic artwork is a surface designed in various shapes and patterns, which makes for a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Even better? This project allows grandmas and their grandkids to unite, bond, and create something meaningful.
Grab your beads, tiles, and other creative mediums: It is time to create!
- Base (like a wooden board, old tabletop, or a picture frame)
- Mosaic tiles
- Safety goggles and gloves
- Old cloth or sponge
- Mixing stick and container
1. Design your mosaic
Begin with an idea, be it a nature scene, an abstract design, or something that holds special meaning for the duo. Once you know what you would like to make, sketch out a rough idea on a piece of paper or directly onto your wooden board with a pencil.
2. Prepare your pieces
If using old dishes, safely break them using a hammer while they’re wrapped in an old towel. (Don’t forget to wear safety goggles!) Then, sort the pieces by color and size in separate containers.
3. Stick ’em on!
Apply adhesive to the back of each tile piece and start sticking them to your base by following your design. Remember, it’s okay for there to be spaces between the tiles – the grout will fill these later. Enjoy, as this is the fun part where the design truly comes to life!
4. Let it set
Once your design is complete, let the adhesive dry. Depending on the adhesive you use, this might be a few hours or overnight.
5. Grouting time
Mix your grout according to the package’s instructions. Then, using gloves, spread the grout over your mosaic, making sure it goes into all the gaps between tiles. (This can get messy, but that’s half the fun!)
6. Clean up
Before the grout dries completely, wipe away the excess from the tops of the tiles using an old cloth or sponge, revealing your design underneath.
7. Final touches
Once everything is dry, you can add any finishing touches, like painting the edges of the board or adding a hook to the back so it can be hung up.
Voila! Not only do you have a beautiful piece of art, but you’ve also created a cherished memory in the process. (Psst.. Christmas is coming soon – this could make a great homemade gift for someone special!) Have fun – and let’s talk again soon. 🙂