Recycled Concrete Mosaic Planter
A friend recently moved into a new house and inherited a lot of the former occupant’s rubbish. One of the pieces ready for throwing out was a worn slab of concrete with eight hollow sections. Instead, to become an ideal planter, it just needed tidying up—and mosaic was the perfect medium. Keep a sharp eye out for other bases for mosaics—what is deemed one person’s rubbish can definitely become another’s treasure.
Project excerpted from Becky Paton's Garden Mosaics: 25 Step-by-Step Projects for our Outdoor Room.
- Concrete slab
- 100 glass brown or gold tiles
- 200 assorted beige and pale pink ceramic tiles
- Exterior-grade wood glue
- Cement-based adhesive
- Tile nippers
- Waterproof grout
- Clean off any dirt from the surface of the piece and seal with 1 part P.V.A. to 3 parts water. Allow to dry.
- Cut the glass tiles into quarters, leaving 3 intact. Cut 70 ceramic tiles into quarters, 70 into 16ths and leave the rest whole.
- Using an exterior-grade wood glue, stick down glass quarters around the top edge of each opening and 3 whole glass tiles equally down the center of the planter. Fix whole and quartered ceramic tiles around the edge of the whole piece.
- Fill in the rest of the top with rows of ceramic 16ths. For the sides, use a cement-based adhesive as this will stop the tiles from slipping. Place a row of whole ceramic tiles around the base, followed by a row of glass quarters, and finally a row of ceramic quarters. Allow the adhesives to dry completely before using a waterproof grout in the usual way.