Adding your own mosaic work to your garden is a great way of giving it personality & life, and what better way to do this than with some cute little creatures like this snail. It's a fun project that can be completed in a few days by all; you could even get some older children involved to share the fun!
1. Seal your base, as teracotta is porous you will need to seal the base to prevent the adhesive and grout from drying out. You could use grout additive for this purpose (it has a dual role) or diluted PVA adhesive. It is recommended that you apply 3 coats of sealer, allowing the coat to dry completely before applying the next.
2. Nip the tiles into the following the required shapes
3. Gluing your tiles to the snail - We have used a waterproof cement based adhesive.
Note: you may need to do some additional cutting of the tiles in this step to get them to fit your pattern. Once complete allow the adhesive to full cure for 24 hours before grouting.
Brown grout colour + grout additive
Mix Grout and spread over the snail, wipe away any excess as you go. Allow to dry until a haze appears which you wipe away with a soft cloth.
Grout additive is available from hardware or tiling specialists. It is added to grout to help improve its flexibilty and stop the grout from cracking.
Apply a grout sealer to assist with weather proofing (optional).