A broken piece of china is not always an irreparable disaster. Instead of sweeping the shards into the trash, put those pieces of glass to use by creating an original mosaic project. If you aren't lucky enough to encounter a piece of broken china, source tile or colored glass for your mosaic crafting from a home supply or craft store. Use a hammer to break the patterned glass into bits (or select tile cutters if you’d like a more planned, geometric aesthetic), then glue onto a surface before applying caulk to fill the gaps. Part of the beauty of mosaic art is its inherent randomness, so it's the perfect media for those crafters who enjoy a less restrained project. Just keep in mind safety measures whenever you work with glass: be sure to use proper eye and hand protection to avoid injury.
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These stunning candle holders, created in the style of Turkish mosaic, combine carefully cut glass with translucent beads for a captivating, colorful project. If you’re not well-practiced with glass cutting, source pre-shaped glass for your candle holders online. No matter how you tackle this project, cluster a few candle holders together and fill with tea lights for an atmospheric addition to any room.
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For an alternative take on mosaic, skip the glass altogether and use contrasting bits of scrap wood to create your design. By combining alternating shades of wood, you can create a beautiful piece of artwork—or a tabletop, serving tray, or work station.
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Rustic mosaic materials (think: pebbles, unfinished tile, or sandstone) surrounding a shiny mirror help the reflection really pop, so don’t hesitate to leave this project a bit unfinished. A small shelf for a set of short, neutral candles completes the look with chic warmth.
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Update an otherwise ordinary serving tray by completely covering it in mosaic tiles. To make your project food-safe, coat the entire surface in transparent epoxy (or other non-toxic clear coat) once you’ve laid your caulk and tiles.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Instead of trashing broken terracotta pots, break them to bits (carefully, of course) and re-cover plain planters. Using all outdoor-only materials, or spraying with a durable clear coat, will keep these weatherproof and plant-ready. Display these in clusters of three for a high-impact design DIY.
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By opting for a colored grout, your mosaic work can feel completely fresh. An edgy dark grout looks surprising and cool when paired with feminine bits of floral china. Leave the finish matte, and add fresh flowers for the perfect centerpiece.
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If your coffee table has seen better days, consider refinishing it in a creative way. Adding a mirrored mosaic will not only liven up a tired piece of furniture, but can also add more dimension to a smaller room. Consider styling it in an entryway or using it as an accent piece in a family room for the perfectly DIYed pop of interest.
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Add a bit of whimsy to your yard (or indoor herb garden) with a set of simple mosaic rocks. Select smooth, flat stones to decorate for the most straightforward project, but advanced mosaic crafters shouldn't hesitate to use teeny bits of tile to fill in a craggy boulder for a truly striking accent piece.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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A perfect way to introduce art to your coffee table is with a set of mosaic coasters, which can brighten up any surface. Capitalize on the terrazzo tile trend by using small, jagged bits of glass in cool colors, then grout and buff until the surface is completely smooth. This homemade coaster project is perfect for beginning mosaic crafters: it’s straightforward, requires just a few materials, and the finished product is both pretty and practical.
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One great way to make a special photo even more personal is by DIYing a unique frame. Pull from the colors in the photo and source tiles that match for an impactful homemade project. This piece makes an especially lovely, thoughtful gift, so make a few to share with loved ones.