Dollar Store Gem Back Splash - Part 2

Alicia W
by Alicia W
5 Materials
2 Days

Several months ago, I created a back splash in my bathroom using gems from the Dollar Store. After a lot of people requested that I continue the mosaic on the rest of the wall. While I didn't want the entire wall covered with the gems, this is what I did.

This is the bathroom after creating the back splash. This original project took three bags of Dollar Store gems.

For this project, I purchased 35 bags of gems.

There were really dusty, so I removed them from the bags, placed them in a colander and washed them with a mild soap and water.

After their washing, I dried them on a towel.

Using a level (which I bought at the Dollar Store) I made a line slightly above the back splash.

I then measured to that line from the floor and marked the wall. I continued that line across the entire wall.

Another comment from the original post was that people wondered why I didn't create some type of design on the wall. This time, I hand-drew seaweed shapes in various sizes.

Using mastic (which is a tile adhesive), I began the by filling small sections of the the seaweed shapes.

And then applied the green gems. I purchased two different sizes of green to give the "seaweed" a different look then the rest of the wall.

Once the seaweed was complete, I applied mastic to the rest of the wall, working in small sections.

When I reached the point where I had to join the previous back splash with the new mosaic, I simply butted the mastic up to the previous and added gems.

While the mastic was drying, I measured and cut a piece of chair rail moulding.

I used the line I had drawn on the wall as a guide. I nailed the molding onto the wall using a brad nailer.

Once the chair rail was in place, I added a more gems to fill in the gaps. Instead of putting the mastic onto the wall, I applied it onto the back of each gem and put them onto the wall.

Once the mastic was completely dry, I applied the grout and wiped the excess off with a sponge and plain water.

Once the grout dried, the "seaweed" really popped!

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  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Aug 31, 2020

    That is so pretty !!! My bathroom is done in a patriotic theme I wonder if I could do maybe a Flag behind my toilet ...I think that would look awesome or maybe do it across from the toilet on a different wall matter which way I love the idea ...Can you buy RED WHITE & BLUE GEMS / PEBBLES.? Hmmm gonna have to check that out ...thanks got sharing I love it great job you did on it !!!

  • Mary Brady Mary Brady on Sep 02, 2020

    just wondering, how would you remove this?

    it looks beautiful!!

  • Lea Anne Lea Anne on Sep 02, 2020

    Awesome project and finished look!!!

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  • The glass stones look good but that picture above doesn't do them justice!

    • Laurie Laurie on May 18, 2022

      I agree, beautiful job, but I think a mermaid or something in the same colors or sea related would be awesome!

  • Gigi Gigi on Jul 14, 2022

    I have a huge collection of glass marbles and have tried various glues to hold them. Now I am going to try mastic! Thanks for your article. It is very easy to follow and simple enough to not be intimidating!