Mosaic a Tree ...

by Estelle
4 Materials
2 Days
Use left over mosaic tiles to create funky seating or a side table. The sky is the limit.
That tree you took down in the garden...? Take a nice thick piece and cut it to stand up straight. Make sure the top is level. Take some left over tiles. Small mosaic tiles work the easiest and best, but you can even break of cut big tiles into smaller pieces. Broken mirror pieces does make it look good too. Decide on a design and layout the tiles more or less where they must go (in order to make sure that it fits). You might have to cut some of the side tiles in order to fit the round tree shape.
After you are happy with you design ...turn the tiles around and add white wood glue to each tile. Turn them around again and press them to the tree. Just make sure each tile got a shot of glue!
This was my one design after it was glued to the tree. Now it's time to put the grout between the tiles. A silicone spatula works wonderful. Make sure that you do the edges as well and that there are no sharp edges that will cut your fingers afterwards. A piece of sandpaper to the sharp edges does the trick. Wait for about a half hour or so and clean the tiles with a damp cloth. Make sure that you don't swipe the grout out of the grooves, at it will still be wet. It is best to then leave it overnight in order for the grout to dry out completely.
Now you can clean the tiles properly because the grout is completely dry. make sure to take off all the grout that might still be stuck to some of the tile surfaces. You can use a fine scraper for this.

Now you can varnish the tree in the colour varnish of your choice of just use a clear varnish...if the wood is pretty. I still have to varnish this one, as the grout is not completely dry yet.
Another design. As you can see I've put tiles on the small piece as not leave it looking unfinished. This one also needs varnish still.
Varnish is optional, but it gives it a nice glow and brings out the grain of the wood.
This one has been varnished already. The grand children love to sit on it when they visit. It also makes for nice little side tables for your glass of wine or cup of coffee........Enjoy yours! I do!
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  • Maryk Maryk on Feb 17, 2018

    Any ideas for leftover white subway tiles that were used in a shower makeover

  • Carlena Biggs Carlena Biggs on Feb 17, 2018

    What if you wanted to put rope trim around the top? That would give it a finished look too. Love the project.

  • Debbie mckrisky Debbie mckrisky on Apr 06, 2018

    How do u seal it from the rain?

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