Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Weekly Holiday Craft-a-Long: Mosaic Tiled Coasters

This week's project is easy, but time consuming. The over-all time isn't a huge commitment, but there are periods of letting things dry before moving on to the next step. It's a pretty project, but not great for last minute.

The things you'll need are some cork backs, broken pieces of tile, pottery, dishes, whatever, tile adhesive, tile grout, and mosaic tile sealant (if you want these to be more resistant to water and other moisture that is sure to affect coasters.)
First, you'll want to do a dry run (literally) of your mosaic. Fit the pieces together how you like. They won't go perfectly, and that's part of the charm. My kids and I each did some of these, and quite honestly, my 7 year old probably took to it the best because he was the least concerned about getting it perfect.
Next, you'll want to use the adhesive to glue the tiles to the cork. Put glue on the cork and on the tile before placing it. You might find it easiest to have two pieces of cork and one by one transfer the tiles to the open one. Let the adhesive dry for at least 24 hours before moving on.

Once, the adhesive is dry, take an old butter knife or something similar and fill the cracks and edges with the grout. Don't worry if it's a little messy.

Don't let the grout set up too much before you use a moist old washcloth to wipe off the excess grout. Once you wipe off the excess, you'll want to use a soft something to polish the tiles. I found a piece of scrap flannel worked really well for that step.
You're almost done now! You'll want to let the grout set up now. Let it set for at least 24 hours before sealing it. I used another scrap of flannel and applied a thin layer of sealant to the coasters. Then let them dry another 24 hours and they're all done!

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