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Tue, Nov 08, 2022

Personalised Handmade Gift Ideas

three personalised handmade gift ideas


Learn how to make these three beautiful handmade mosaic projects, the Personalised Mosaic Tray and Personalised Mosaic Coasters & Placemats. These mosaic projects will be loved for years as they can be personalised by adding photos of your loved ones. They make a beautiful gift you could give to celebrate life's important milestones. It might be a unique Christmas, wedding or birthday present. Celebrate the birth of your child or grandchild. Gifting unique, one-of-its-kind handmade presents is a beautiful way to put a smile on your loved ones. Beginners can complete these projects with ease as no glass cutting is required.






What you'll need:


  • MDF Tray - 35cm x 35cm x 3.5cm
  • Adhesive - A clear drying PVA adhesive (like Weldbond or Sullivans PVA adhesive)
  • Buff Grout
  • Glass Tiles
  • Gloves, containers, rags or sponge for grouting
  • Painters or masking tape
  • 5 x Black & white photocopies of photo's


Or purchase the complete 'Personalised Mosaic Tray Kit'.






What you'll need:


Or purchase the complete 'Personalised Mosaic Coasters Kit'.






What you'll need:


Or purchase the complete 'Personalised Mosaic Placemats Kit'.






How To Glue The Paper Images To Your Tiles


  • Use a clear drying PVA adhesive, like Weldbond or Sullivans.
  • Brush the adhesive onto the paper, ensuring that you cover an area the size of the tile. Apply the paper to the back of the transparent glass tile.
  • 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 cut the excess paper from around the tile using a pair of sharp scissors.
  • Once you've adhered the paper to the tile, don't change the placement, as you could wreck the tile.


Making The Mosaic


1. Plan your Design

Lay your tiles on the base to work out the design you like best.


2. Adhering the tiles

Your adhesive can be applied either directly to the base or painted individually onto the back of the tiles. The quickest method is to paint the adhesive onto the base. Apply the adhesive to small sections at a time to avoid the adhesive drying out. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before applying the grout.

Once you've adhered the paper to the tile, don't change the placement, as you could wreck the tile.


3. Grouting time

  • Before grouting the placemat & tray, run painters or masking tape around the edges of the exposed plywood to protect them.
  • Mix your powdered grout with water to create a thick paste. This is to reduce the amount of water for the paper backed tiles. If they are exposed to 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.
  • Once you have applied the grout, you will need to wipe it off straight away; we recommend using wet ones as they contain just the right amount of moisture. If you use a sponge, you will have too much water.
  • Once you have wiped away the excess grout, allow it to dry for 20 minutes, use a soft cloth, and wipe the mosaic clean.

Allow 24 hours for the grout to cure.



4. Paint the edges

To finish the coasters and/or placemats, paint the edges with acrylic paint.



A grout sealer can be applied once the grout is dry to keep the grout clean and protected (optional).

Grouting Tips:
· Safety first – use protective eyewear when nipping glass
· Never dispose of grout down the drain
· Mix grout in a disposable container for an easy cleanup


Get The Bundle

This product contains three unique mosaic kits; the Personalised Mosaic Tray Kit, the Personalised Mosaic Coaster Kit and the Personalised Mosaic Placemat Kit. Purchase the bundle and SAVE 10% off the individual kit cost.


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