From Cinder Blocks to Mosaic Tile Planters
We have big plans this summer to add a mosaic to some plain cinder block steps in our backyard. Before we embark on that project, my kids and I practiced by sprucing up some cinder block planters. I headed to Restore to buy tile. They did not have colorful tile in stock, but in the dishware section, I found several plates, a vase and a platter to smash for the project.
My kids, Miles and Vivien, were more than eager to get started. Vivien chose a green vase, a blue plate, and a white tile for the color scheme. We started by cleaning off the cinder blocks.
Then, Miles smashed the blue plate with a mallet.
The smashing of the plate made a mess. We decided to wear protective goggles and smash the next object inside a paper bag. This worked perfectly, no mess and much safer.
Next up, we arranged and secured the pieces with liquid nails (from Home Depot for a little over $2).
When they were done arranging the pieces, we let it dry outside overnight.
The next day, I caulked. It wasn’t smooth because the plate and vase are not as flat as a typical piece of tile. I used a spoon and sponge to smooth it all out.
I gave the caulk a day to dry before I put it back in its proper place in the garden.
This is just the beginning of a large backyard mosaic project. Stay tuned for the final reveal.