This beautiful mosaic tray has been made using our DYI Mosaic Tiles. Start with clear glass tiles, of various sizes, and add the stunning designs of the Grand Bazaar scrapbooking papers to create an amazing mosaic.
Here are the project instructions plus techniques for you to create this mosaic. Or if you prefer you can purchase this mosaic as a kit.
SUPPLIES & MATERIALS
- MDF Tray
- Grand Bazaar Scrapbooking Papers
- Mod Podge Matt Adhesive
- Ivory Grout
- Clear Glass Tiles
- Clear drying tacky PVA adhesive
- Wheeled nippers for cutting glass tiles
- Red acrylic paint
- or, purchase the Grand Bazaar Mosaic Kit
- Applying the Paper
- Use a soft brush so that there are no lines or minimal lines in the adhesive.
- We use Mod Podge Matte adhesive as it spreads well and dries clear.
- Use your brush to apply the adhesive directly to the back of the tiles, making sure that you cover the entire tile, including the edges.
- Once you’ve done this, apply the paper to the tile and turn it over. Work the excess glue from under the tile. You could use a small ruler or squeegee to do this, by gently rubbing it over the tile.
- Leave it to dry completely, then using a pair of sharp scissors cut the excess paper from around the tile.
- Cutting the Tiles (Optional)
You may cut the tiles if you wish for this project, although it is not essential as you will be able to cover the tray without cutting the tiles (with a few gaps). Here are the instructions if you do wish to cut your tiles.
You will need a pair of two-wheeled glass cutters to cut the glass and a box cutter or craft knife to cut the paper.
- Using a permanent marker or pencil mark the front of the tile with the line you wish to cut. For instance, I measure the tile up and then mark it with the permanent marker.
- For some of you, this will be your first introduction to mosaics and cutting tiles. To get further information on cutting tiles, you can visit our tutorials on How To Use Wheeled Glass Cutters, How To Cut Glass Tiles. These can be found on our website.
- For those of you that have cut glass tiles before, cut the tile as you normally would but be careful to keep the paper backing intact. On some more fiddly cuts, I pre-cut the tile to size and them apply the paper.
- If the paper doesn’t break completely use a box cutter or craft knife to cut the paper or bend the tiles upwards so, the paper doesn’t tear.
- When cutting larger tiles cut in half first and then into smaller pieces.
- If you end up with some pieces of paper overhanging the edge, don’t worry as this will be covered by grout.
- Laying the Tiles
- To adhere your tiles you will need to use a clear drying craft adhesive, a thicker one is better as it will not be as runny and will keep the tiles drier.
- A thin coat is all you need as they aren’t heavy and they have a paper backing.
- Apply a thin coat directly to the base, work in small sections so, the glue doesn’t dry out. Once they are laid down, don’t change the placement as you could wreck the tiles with the backing coming off.
- Keep the tiles close together to minimise the amount of grout you will need.
- Grouting Time
- Mix your powdered grout with water to create a thick paste – THIS IS IMPORTANT (ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE USING WHITE PAPER). This is to reduce the amount of water, these tiles are paper backed, and water is not their friend. If you use too much water, it will creep under the tiles creating watermarks. Mix the grout to a smooth paste, with no lumps. Keep some of your grout aside just in case you need to thicken the grout later.
- Spread the grout all over the top of the tiles and sides, making sure to work it into the gaps. Be careful not to cut your fingers on any sharp edges.
- Once you have applied the grout you will need to wipe it off straight away, we recommend using wet ones for this as they contain just the right amount of moisture. If you use a sponge, you will have too much moisture.
- Once you have wiped away the excess grout, allow it to dry for 20 minutes and use a soft cloth and wipe the mosaic clear.