Design a Mosaic Wall Relief

Use discarded dishes from thrift stores and garage sales to create your own mosaic wall relief.
hclvr312_3final

hclvr312_3final

Dawn Mendelson of Long Beach, Calif., demonstrates the technique of "pique assiette" — using broken plates to create new compositions like this mosaic wall relief.

Materials and Tools:

8" x 10" ceramic tile
pencil and paper
collection of broken plates and 1/4" ceramic tiles
rice bowl
teapot lid
safety goggles
tile nippers
metal file
containers and craft sticks
dust mask
Thinset mortar
rubber gloves
apron
container of water
sponge
rag
sanded grout
grout sealant
hanging hardware: chain; 2 no. 6-32 x 3/4" machine screws with nuts
electric drill with 1/8" masonry bit
brown craft paper
toothpick
air plant

Steps:

  1. Place the 8" x 10" ceramic tile base upside down. Mark and drill two holes at the top of the 8-inch side (for hanging later).
  2. Wear safety glasses. Cut the rice bowl in half with tile nippers.
  3. Select broken plate pieces and small square tiles with colors that complement each other.
  4. Plan the basic layout on paper, cut or drawn to the size of tile base.
  5. Break pieces of dishes into various shapes using tile nippers, keeping them approximately the same size.
  6. Wearing a dust mask, mix Thinset mortar with water to a creamy consistency.
  7. Using a craft stick, apply the mortar to the edges of the bowl half and the desired location on the back of the ceramic tile base. Adhere bowl to the base. Fill the teapot lid with mortar to make sure there is a strong hold.
  8. Adhere both the half bowl and the teapot lid to the base tile. Wipe clean any excess mortar around the edges.
  9. Use the mortar to adhere tiny ceramic tiles and broken pieces of plates for the border.
  10. Adhere the background pieces.
  11. Let set for at least 24 hours.
  12. Wear an apron, rubber gloves and a dust mask to mix grout. Mix sanded grout with water to a creamy consistency. Add colorant if desired. Let it sit for five minutes.
  13. Cover the work surface with brown craft paper. Press and smooth the grout over the mosaic with your hands, filling in all the spaces between the tiles.
  14. Poke a toothpick through the grout into the drilled holes to clear them for the hanging hardware.
  15. Clean off excess grout on tiles using a damp sponge.
  16. Buff the piece clean with a dry cloth.
  17. Let the mosaic cure for at least 24 hours.
  18. Seal with grout sealant using a small paintbrush or sponge.
  19. Add the hardware and chain to hang.
  20. Place an air plant in the rice bowl and hang your mosaic wall relief.
Keep Reading

Next Up

$100 Half-Day Designs: Mosaic Mirror

Customize a boring mirror with unique and colorful mosaic tiles.

How-To: Floral China Wall Art

Upcycle flea market finds to create exciting new pieces courtesy of the DIY experts at HGTV Magazine .

How to Make a Glass Mosaic Dog Mirror

Follow these steps to make a dog-themed, stained glass mosaic mirror.

Ukulele Wall Hanging

This retro ukulele wall hanging is made with aquarium gravel.

Starburst Wall Clock

Check out how an old starburst clock is repurposed into a mid-century modern masterpiece.

How to Make a Mosaic Picture Frame

Create a night sky mosaic picture frame from recycled glass pieces.

How to Create Mixed Media Wall Art

Combine painting and etching techniques to create a beautiful piece of art for your home.

Empty Picture-Frame Wall Grouping

Who needs art? Make a bold statement with empty, colorful picture frames.

How to Make a Mosaic Lamp

Follow these instructions for embellishing a lamp base with tempered glass.

Turn Paint Chips Into Geometric DIY Wall Art

DIY decorators tend to make frequent visits to the paint store — and the paint chip rack. Repurpose the extras as a colorful, geometric piece of art that perfectly matches your space.

On TV

Tiny House Hunters

6:30am | 5:30c

Flea Market Flip

8:30am | 7:30c

Flea Market Flip

9:30am | 8:30c

Flea Market Flip

10:30am | 9:30c

Flea Market Flip

11:30am | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Good Bones

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Good Bones

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.