Learn how to make this funky mosaic planter pot from broken ceramic plates.
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After finishing art school in Ohio, Amy Layhew moved back to Michigan, started a family, and established an interior decorating and painting business, with one of her specialties—mosaics! Her nervous energy accompanied by watching lots of HGTV keeps her constantly creating and thinking outside the box. Here, she creates a funky mosaic planter pot.
Materials and Tools:
ceramic tile paints
4" white ceramic tile
colorful patterned ceramic tiles
colorful ceramic plates
plastic planter to fit inside pot
rocks for stockpot's drainage
black permanent marker
plain white tiles (used for making ladies lips)
1. Paint a set of lips on a 4" x 4" plain white ceramic tile with red ceramic tile paint.
2. Let the lips dry, then bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
3. Wearing safety glasses drill four drainage holes in the bottom of the stockpot using a power drill.
4. Draw a simple outline on the pot using a permanent marker to contour the lady's face, hairline, and nose and ear placement.
5. Again wearing safety glasses, break the handles off two coffee cups using a hammer. The handles will be used as ears.
6. Using tile nippers, cut out eyebrows from colorful Spanish tiles. Cut out eye shapes and the nose shape from the patterns on other tiles. Cut out the lips from the painted tile.
7. Wearing safety glasses break up three dinner plates using a hammer.
8. Apply tile adhesive to each piece of tile and glue it to the pot following the drawn outline. Begin with the placement of the cup handles for ears, then fill in the facial features and add broken multi-colored pieces for hair.
10. Mix the grout according to manufacturer's directions until the grout is the consistency of peanut butter. Wearing rubber gloves, press and smooth the grout into all the cracks and crevices between the mosaic pieces.
11. Wipe the mosaic with a damp sponge to remove excess grout, leaving the grout between the mosaic pieces. When dry, remove the remaining grout with a dry towel.
12. Apply a semi-gloss sealer to the grout after it is dry.
13. Place stones or rocks in the bottom of the pot for drainage. Fill a plastic liner with potting soil. Plant a flowering plant inside the liner.
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