Creating garden art with empty terracotta pots. I glued three in an afternoon, let them dry and then grouted them 24 hours later.
Here’s how you’re suppose to do it … (directions vary based on how long you want a piece of mosaic tile garden art to last.:) preparation is everything!
- Before gluing, clean the terracotta pots out with soap and water. Let them dry overnight. (it’s a good thing)
- Seal the inside and outside of the pot with a water-based polyurethane or a couple of coats of Weldbond adhesive. (If you don’t seal it no biggie just don’t water a plant in there.) Let it dry between coats and make sure the piece is completely dry before tiling.
- Use mastic adhesive. (there are other good adhesives for tile but mastic works for me.)
- Use a sanded grout ( I used charcoal) and mix the grout with a grout additive (instead of water) for more flexibility.
- the grout with grout sealer, once it’s dry.
- Reseal the outside of the piece with grout sealer, once a year, especially if the piece is exposed to the elements or water.
- Prepare clay pots with similar size drainage holes.
- mosaic tile materials to pots. Let dry.
- Grout mosaic tile pots. Let dry.
- Seal pots with grout sealer. Let dry.
- Glue clay pots together as shown. (May need to insert the pole first)
- Glue the stacked pots to the bottom of the saucer to protect the bottom pot.
- Insert a piece of re-bar or heavy pole into the holes of the pots and secure with silicone
- Dig a small hole for your garden art totem and secure with rocks and dirt.
- Bring mosaic tile pots and garden totem poles indoors when cold weather hits.
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