A great way to repurpose old plates is to break them and upcycle them into Mosaic Glass Christmas Ornaments and Spheres. Even if you don’t have any old dishes, most dollar stores have quite a colorful selection of cheap glass plates that you can use to make some beautiful mosaic ornaments and spheres to decorate your home with at Christmas time. You can even use flat beads or sea glass for this project.
The spheres can be grouped in front of a fireplace or to decorate the front walk of your garden or home. Both the spheres and christmas ornaments make fabulous gifts that everyone will love. They are easier to make than you might think. I found a simple tutorial on ‘Styrofoam Crafts’ that anyone can do without any previous experience working with mosaics. Let’s get started and I will show you how it’s done.
What you will need:
- To Make Spheres:
Styrofoam Balls, one each: 6″; 5″ (or any size you want)
Mosaic pieces (repurposed/broken china, glass plates and/or ceramic tiles)
Ceramic tile adhesive or glue
Lightweight spackling (grout)
Disposable container (for mixing)
Container of water
Natural sea sponge (or other soft sponge)
Hammer or Tile knippers
- To Make Christmas Ornaments:
You will need everything above except that instead of styrofoam balls, you will use clear glass or plastic christmas ornaments.
Using your old towel and wearing gloves, wrap your plates or tiles inside the towel one at a time and use a hammer to break them as gently as possible. Check the broken pieces and remove any that are the desired size. Continue this process until all your pieces are complete.
Layout the design the way you want it on the ground or table first then one by one begin gluing the pieces onto your foam ball or ornament using the ceramic tile adhesive or glue
Mix your spackling (grout) in the disposable bowl until smooth (follow the label directions)
Use spatula to apply grout to surface of ball or ornament; pushing it between mosaic pieces. Smooth grout as much as possible as you work. Let set a few minutes, then
gently smooth to level grout using damp sponge. Rinse sponge often.
Once grout has had time to set up, but before it dries, wipe the mosaic pieces again with a clean damp sponge then let dry completely.
Once dry, use a soft rag to gently polish the mosaic pieces.
See Original Tutorial Here
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