Mosaics are absolutely beautiful and unique in their own way. Here in Florida, mosaic designs are everywhere. I see them in malls, office buildings, doctor’s offices and even on signs on the street. The more I saw them, the more curious I became. I was certain that I could make my own and for much less than what they’re selling for in the stores. I had a design idea in my head so I decided to go with it. I bought my materials and started creating.
Copper Wire (I used approximately 7ft)
Multi-Colored Brown Mosaic Tiles (from Home Depot)
Black Tile Grout
Mirror (5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″)
Pen or Pencil
Industrial Strength and Waterproof Adhesive (I used E-6000)
Wood (from Home Depot- the piece I picked out measures 2ft x 2ft)
*Your choice of a tile & grout protective sealer
*Your choice to add a heavy duty hanger. This piece is heavy so please choose something that will securely hold weight. You don’t want it to fall and break after all of your hard work!
1) The first step is to place the mirror on the wood. Measure evenly using a measuring tape or ruler to center it. Using a pen or pencil, trace around the mirror so you know exactly where it is going. Put enough adhesive down so the mirror sticks on securely. Then place the mirror on the wood and press down; let dry.
2) Then, I placed the mosaic tiles down to border the whole mirror. I also used the wheel mosaic tile nippers to cut some of the tiles in half and placed them on the outer edge of the wood. Once I liked where everything was placed, I then glued them down using the E-6000 adhesive.
3) Time for the harder parts! Bend and cut the copper wire in the shapes and sizes you want. Place the wire pieces on the wood where you would like them. Don’t glue the wire down until you are happy with where they are!! (I rearranged mine MANY times.)
4) Once you have the wire glued on, it’s time to place down the tile pieces. I cut each of the original square mosaic tiles in fours (in half, then half again) using the wheel mosaic tile nippers.
5) On the inner part of the wire, start placing and gluing the cut tile pieces. I went with the shape and movement of the wire when placing mine. This definitely took me awhile since I was a bit particular on where I wanted everything! Do this until the entire inner portion is completed; let dry.
6) I recommend letting it dry overnight, but this is up to you.
7) Time to start grouting! Cover the mirror with something to protect it. Follow the instructions on the grout container. Cover the areas where the mosaic tiles are. I tried using a wet sponge, at first, to wipe off the grout but a wet rag/wash cloth worked MUCH better and made it easier to get all of the excess grout off. I was so happy with how well this turned out! Believe it or not, this was my first time using grout with mosaic tiles.
8) After everything is cleaned off, let it dry. Since I did this at night, I left it alone till morning.
9) The empty space is where the shell pieces will go. Put plenty of adhesive on the wood and sprinkle the shell pieces on. Afterwards, you can go back and fill in any empty spaces.
10) And there you go! You’re all finished and can now show off your beautiful mosaic decorative mirror! If you chose to use a protective sealer, spray this on now.