Crafting Trends 2017: Mosaic Tiles

If you haven’t given mosaicking a try yet then 2017 is your year to invest in a mosaic kit and get crafting! Pinterest is loaded with ideas for mosaicking around the home and it’s so easy once you get the hang of it that you should really give it a go.

A mosaic is essentially the art of creating a picture or design by assembling small pieces of glass, stone or other materials together – it can be as simple or detailed as you make it. The earliest known examples of mosaics were found at a temple building in Ubaid, Mesopotamia and date back to the second half of the 3rd millennium BC. This craft has been around for thousands of years and for good reason – the results can be incredible. If you aren’t sure what you could mosaic this year, here are a few ideas to get your creative concepts flowing.

To bring your exotic summer holiday home have you ever considered stripping back your stairs? Revealing the raw wooden effect beneath can really change the feel of your whole home although you might be reaching for your slippers in the winter.

The biggest cost of your mosaic project will be time but other than that you just need some glue, grout and mosaic tiles.

You can always buy normal tiles and break them up to create a less uniform look or invest in the real thing. First things first – make a plan of how you want your mosaic to look, whether it’s blues and whites or warmer hues or perhaps you’ll just mosaic a border around ordinary tiles. Pinterest is your best friend here. Then you need to get started with measuring how much room you need to fill and how many tiles that’s going to take. You will need to cut some tiles to fit to your design so make sure you’ve got some tile cutters to hand. To fix the mosaic you just need glue, grout and grout sealant and you can get started.

Taking things out to the garden (or patio, or balcony, or roof terrace) now where you can get creative with your mosaic tiles on plant pots and outdoor chairs and mirrors. You can even go so far as mosaicking rocks to bring some light and life to your garden’s borders. Because of the curvature or pots and pebbles you will have to be generous with your grout or glue that you are using. Having mirrors out in the garden can make the space feel bigger, provide a window-like effect into another world and provide your garden with that little bit of magic.

Once you’ve nailed your mosaic skills you’re probably ready to make a really good job of mosaicking a coffee table top or something with a more intricate design, even pottery looks beautiful with a mosaic. Selecting a table with a metal frame usually brings out better results but timber works just as well! Better Homes & Gardens have an excellent example on their website and instructions on how to do it. Whatever you do with your mosaic crafting this year make sure you share it and inspire all the others out there that are yet to find the skill!

I hope you feel inspired to make something pretty for summer now!

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