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DIY Mosaic Wave Surfboard With Stained Glass
I have always loved the beach and the waves of the ocean, and living in South Florida has definitely let me enjoy those two things every day. However, I also found a new love for mosaics and I wanted to do a project that incorporated both. I finally decided on a mosaic wave surfboard using stained glass! As soon as I had the project in mind, I wrote down a list of items that I needed to get and headed right to the craft store! This project definitely took a lot of patience and time, but it was well worth it in the end and I love it! Interested in making one yourself? Below I have listed the materials you will need and also the instructions on how to make it. Enjoy!
– Stained Glass Mosaic Tile Pieces (I got all of mine from Hobby Lobby but you can find an assortment of colors at most craft stores and online.)
– Glass Cutters:
- Wheeled Glass Nipper
- Steel Wheel Glass Cutter
– A Strong, Permanent Adhesive (I found using a spray adhesive was much easier to use, but choose what is best for you and your project.)
– Grout (I used white sanded grout that I mixed with water.)
– Tools To Cut Your Wood (Only if you decide not to get it done for you at a home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s.)
– Gloves (Optional: To protect your hands from getting hurt while cutting the glass.)
1) First step is to cut your wood into the shape you are happy with. Using the pencil, stencil/sketch the shape out so that whoever is cutting the wood, can cut the shape easily. You can also use a measuring tape like I did to make sure that everything is even and balanced before it is officially cut out.
2) Now use the pencil to sketch out your design onto the wood.
3) After your surfboard shape is cut out and you are happy with the design sketched onto the wood, you are now ready to cut the stained glass and start placing them. Using your glass cutting tools, cut the stained glass into the size and shapes you prefer. For this one, I decided to use smaller pieces and on my next one I will use larger squares.
*Remember, the smaller the pieces are, the more time and patience that this project will take! This mosaic surfboard took me many, MANY hours and days to finish but it is worth it.
4) Continue placing the glass pieces onto your surfboard. While doing this, I did use the spray adhesive so that the glass pieces would stay in place and so that my work wouldn’t get messed up.
5) Once you’re all finished placing the glass pieces and the adhesive is fully dry, you are ready to start grouting!
*Make sure that there are no loose pieces of glass on your project before you start grouting. To do this, I just stood the surfboard up against the wall and also brushed my hand across it to see if any pieces were loose and fell off; any that did, I made sure to securely place them on.
6) Ready to grout? Follow the instructions on the grout container that you are using. To wipe the grout off of the stained glass tiles, I found using a damp washcloth was much easier for me than a sponge.
7) Let your project dry overnight. To protect your hard work, you can choose to spray a grout & tile sealer onto your surfboard.
8) Then, you’re all finished and your project is complete! 🙂 You can now set up your beautiful mosaic surfboard anywhere in your home.
My complete mosaic surfboard measures 4 feet in height and a width across of 1.5 feet in the center.
*If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below!