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Joy St. Germain : How to Make a Broken China Mosaic Table

Inexpensive, fun way to add life to a table!

How to Make a Broken China Mosaic Table

By Joy St. Germain

Mosaic tableCreating a mosaic table is an inexpensive, fun way to add life to an old table. You don't need to be experienced in mosaics to create this table. This is one of those projects that just allows you to let just loose and create. You can design the china in a specific pattern or randomly place the broken china. So roll up your sleeves, get out the hammer and smash some old china!

Tools & Supplies Used

  • Old China — This is a good project for recycling your old china. I especially like colorful travel plates.
  • Gorilla Glue — I used Gorilla glue for this project. I apply it in small amounts with a toothpick because it expands.
  • White Sanded Grout — I've had good results with this grout. Just add water until you get the consistency of brownie mix. Make sure to make enough so you don't run out midway through your project.
  • Gloss Varnish — This varnish dries to a shiny, clear finish. It goes on smooth and cleans up with soap and water.
  • Tile Nippers — Tile nippers come in very handy because the china won't always break in to the size pieces that you need.

Project Instructions

Step 1

Step 1:
This is good project for using old mismatched china or souvenir plates that are gathering dust. Put the plates in a paper bag, cover with a towel and get out the hammer.

Step 2

Step 2:
China plates have a thick ridge on the back so you won't always get a flat piece. Use a nippers to cut away the ridge.

Step 3

Step 3:
Start by arranging your broken china pieces on the table.

Step 4

Step 4:
Tile nippers also come in handy for cutting the china into smaller pieces.

Step 5

Step 5:
Glue the broken china, smooth side out to the table.

Step 6

Step 6:
Mix up a batch of grout. Using rubber gloves, smoosh the grout into the china. You need to get the grout around and under all of the broken china.

Step 7

Step 7:
Let the grout set for a few minutes until it gets a little hard. Start wiping off the top layer with a damp sponge. If it's too wet let it sit longer.

Step 8

Step 8:
Continue wiping off the top layer and cleaning off the china & stones. Use a paint stick or your finger to smooth the edges.

Top view of table

Top view of table. Besides broken china I also used colorful glass marbles.

Finished table

Finished broken china mosaic table.

More ideas

More ideas.

Step 9:
After the grout is dry apply 3-4 thin layers of gloss varnish. •

© 2010 Joy St. Germain. All rights reserved.

Joy St. GermainJoy St. Germain started The Wildwood Cottage out of her love for art, stenciling and crafts. She's a hands on "Do It Yourselfer" that enjoys creating new and unique crafts. More »

5/27/10