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Garden Mosaics From Recycled Materials

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My daughter and I have had lots of fun this summer creating mosaics for the garden as well as some fun coasters to use as gifts.
These bottles went from the recycling bin to great garden accents with some time and creativity. We learned that almost anything can be used for mosaics.
I started with glass bottles like these. I washed them and removed metal rings from the tops but did not even remove labels.
Next I used tile adhesive to attach pebbles or marbles or tile pieces.
Our grouting and cleaning "station" in the yard included all the essentials including grout, sponges, water and a cushion.
We grouted and added seashells, marbles, tiles, buttons, recycled materials, pebbles and more to many different surfaces.
My daughter's specialty was coasters.
Here the coasters are before the grout...
Here are many of her coasters after the grouting. She is very creative.
We even did eggs for the garden as well. Basically, if I saw it in the studio during the week, it got covered in something....Except family members and pets... Be sure to check out our posts for many tips and tricks we learned through our mosaic-ing journey.

To see more: http://artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com/2014/07/finished-mosaics-and-tips-and-tricks.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 25, 2014

    Boy am I glad I saw this. I was just about to recycle my glass bottles!

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jul 25, 2014

    I love your designs and choice of materials! Very clever!

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Jeanette S Thank you for saying something so sweet!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 25, 2014

    I am in LOVE with this! :-)

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Miriam I I hope you get a chance to try it yourself!

  • Debra Fugate Bercot
    Debra Fugate Bercot Fort Wayne, IN
    on Jul 27, 2014

    I love doing this type craft,your vert creative,I've done flower pots,made mirrored balls for my garden and also use them for disco balls.

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Debra Fugate Bercot Debra, yours are awesome...Thank you for the inspiration....

  • Donna Foster
    Donna Foster Redding, CA
    on Jul 27, 2014

    what did you use as the base for the coasters and eggs? you did a great job and I want to make some too!:-)

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Donna Foster We used plastic Easter eggs for the eggs...So easy. And the coasters are inexpensive cardboard coasters with cork back. I have seen them sometimes at Michael's in the dollar bins. Give it a shot...

  • Denise Disinger
    Denise Disinger Larkspur, CO
    on Jul 27, 2014

    love all of them. Great job

  • Angela Perez
    Angela Perez Tampa, FL
    on Jul 27, 2014

    I like some like the coaster but not the bottles..

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Angela Perez I am glad you liked the coasters...

  • Katt Marrs
    Katt Marrs Eugene, OR
    on Jul 27, 2014

    All that is so cool and tell your daughter her coasters are beautiful! I am so going to do this, I have lots of bottles, I hate to throw them out. LOL

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Katt Marrs I think you are really going to like it.

  • Pamela Wile
    Pamela Wile Canada
    on Jul 27, 2014

    What did you use for grout?

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Pamela Wile We used sanded grout from Home Depot. It came in a bag. You just mix it with water. Easy Peasy.

  • Kitty Kent-Price
    Kitty Kent-Price Beaverton, OR
    on Jul 27, 2014

    Very creative use for things normally discarded. Love everything but especially the coasters.

  • Mary Jane
    Mary Jane Columbia, CA
    on Jul 27, 2014

    Awesome ideas....love the recycling materials used. I will love to make these in the future with my grandkids....tfs

  • Rama Tyagi
    Rama Tyagi India
    on Jul 27, 2014

    What measurements for the making grout and material for grouting

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Rama Tyagi Honestly, because I was not using the whole bag, I had to guess. I added a little water at a time and kept mixing until it was like thick cake batter. If the spaces between the pieces are really small, you are supposed to use unsanded grout. We just mixed the sanded grout with a little e more water to make it thinner so it got down in the cracks.

  • LuLu Hodge
    LuLu Hodge Vidor, TX
    on Jul 27, 2014

    Very creative !! ❤️

  • Anna Sofia
    Anna Sofia Virginia Beach, VA
    on Jul 27, 2014

    These are great especially the coasters!

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Anna Sofia Thank you! I really like them too!

  • Caroline Roper-Deyo
    Caroline Roper-Deyo Long Beach, CA
    on Jul 27, 2014

    Excellent and very effective. Would make great Girl Scout projects . . . especially the coasters.

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Caroline Roper-Deyo They would...Great idea! It would take 2 meetings. The first to adhere the pieces on and the second to grout. I guess maybe even a third to seal....

  • Claudia Ridge
    Claudia Ridge
    on Jul 27, 2014

    What did she do to make her coasters so square and round?

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Claudia Ridge She started with inexpensive cardboard coasters. They are often at Michael's in those dollar bins. For more info, please visit our blog. We did 3 posts about the process....

  • Bella-Rina's Grammy
    Bella-Rina's Grammy Ottawa, IL
    on Jul 27, 2014

    Excellent and very clever.

  • Jean M
    Jean M Valdosta, GA
    on Jul 27, 2014

    love our daughter's coasters and everything else, LOL, glad you didn't do your family or pets LOL

  • Carol Dutton
    Carol Dutton Sparland, IL
    on Jul 27, 2014

    I like the coaster idea. Cute project for kids to do.

    • Brooke Bock
      Brooke Bock Tyrone, PA
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Carol Dutton It is a great kids' project! Thanks for your kindness...

  • Maria
    Maria El Paso, TX
    on Jul 27, 2014

    I used mine to put detergent, clorax, I think this look cool

    • Linda Dattilo
      Linda Dattilo Carroll, OH
      on Jul 27, 2014

      @Maria, What a great idea! Things would look so much better than the containers those things came in! I do this with lots of pretty jars and store things like instant potatoes, brown sugar, rice , raisins and chocolate chips!

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