How To Make a Mosaic Bowl

March 20, 2013


This project takes an old ceramic bowl and gives it a new lease on life. This is project is quite simple with limited cutting of tiles involved, great for anyone that is new to mosaics.


  • An old ceramic bowl
  • A selection of glass tiles
  • Adhesive - Cement based adhesive plus primer
  • Dark grey grout
  • Two wheeled nippers
  • A clean up tool (for removing excess adhesive prior to grouting) and tools to clean grout
  • Black permanent marker for drawing guide lines on bowl



  1. Plan your design and mark it out on your bowl. Draw concentric circles down the inside of the bowl to act as a guide when laying the tiles.

 ceramic bowl to be mosaiced


  1. Prepare your tiles. The tiles used on the sides of the bowl are 2 cm glass tiles that have been cut in half (rectangles). While the tiles that form the brickwork pattern on the bottom of the bowl have been cut in half. Along the top rim 2 cm glass tiles which have been cut into quarters have been used.


planning the design on the mosaic bowl 

  1. Lay your tiles.
    • Work from the outside rim first by laying your tiles into a bed of cement based adhesive. To ensure that your adhesive doesn't dry out work in small sections at a time laying the adhesive first and then pressing the tiles into it.
    • The bottom of the bowl has been completed using an Opus Tessellatum or brickwork pattern. To create this effect lay your tiles in an offset pattern, whole tiles first then cut tiles to fill in the gaps as required.
    • Colour is important in this design as it draws your eye into the bowl. Work with your darkest colour on the top of the bowl and graduate the colours as you get further down. White and pink tiles have been used sparingly throughout the design.


mosaic design closeup


  1. Grout your bowl, dark grey grout has been used on this project.


Depending upon your bowl you may also want to mosaic the outside surface.


mosaic bowl project 



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