What if I told you, you can easily create mess-free, tile-free mosaic. Want to add a fun treatment to a tabletop, cabinet or a frame? Maybe you want to make a fun decorative wall-hanging or box?  Here’s a great, inexpensive, fun way to do just that.  

SUPPLIES:

  • Colored card stock like you use in scrapbooking.  Can be found in any discount or arts and crafts store, is very affordable, and comes in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns.  Costs a fraction of the  price of tile and is lightweight and easy to work with.
     
  • Picture hanging putty or good quality double-sided tape.
     
  • Sealer like Modge-Podge or clear, water-based polyurethane to seal your treatment and make it permanent. There are spray versions and brush-on versions for both. For this project, I recommend the brush-on type – it’s thicker and will finish better.
     
  • ...and of course, the object you want to apply the treatment to.

PREPARATION:

  • Make sure the surface is clean and dry.
     
  • Take the card stock you want to use and start tearing it into all different shapes and sizes.  You want a variety because the goal is to resemble tile pieces that you have broken up to use for a mosaic treatment.  It looks best if you have a white edge showing around your pieces.  This will give the impression of grout when your project is complete.

PROCESS:

  1. The process is the same as it would be for tile mosaic. Start placing your pieces in different patterns. Try overlapping your pieces in some spots as this will give your look some dimension, which will also help mimic the tile look. If you are working on a flat surface, you can just lay the pieces out and move them around until you get the look you want.  If you are working vertically on a piece of furniture like I was, a little dot of picture hanging putty or double-stick tape works great to hold your pieces in place while you figure out your pattern.
     
  2. Once your pieces are laid out the way you want, go back with your glue and permanently fix your pieces in place.  Make sure to get your edges to lay as flat as possible.
     
  3. Time to seal your masterpiece. Whatever product or method you are using for this, be sure to apply at least two coats to protect your project and hold everything in place.  Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat.  Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area; the fumes can be quite strong.
     
  4. Take pictures of your completed project and be sure to send in a copy to share on our community board at www.TheRedesignHabit.com and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheRedesignHabit.

FINAL WORD:

This is a fun project to do on your own but is also a great project to do with your kids. Kids love to create and participate and this can be a very kid-friendly project.  They can help tear your card stock and even help lay out your design. If you are feeling extra creative, you can even create fun and simple wall-hangings of a cute dinosaur or a pretty little ballerina for your child’s room. Just sketch out your pattern to help you get started. Not much of an artist? Look for a picture that you can trace for a  pattern to use.  Go crazy, be creative and have fun!

Now what will you do next to love where you live?

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