Stop crying over broken pottery or porcelain. Instead, recycle the
shards of a plate or vase to create these unique garden planters.
begin, seek out your raw materials at flea markets or garage sales. You'll find
chipped and cracked pieces are dirt cheap, but perfect for your purposes. To
keep things looking good, stick a common blue-and-white look. Or, if you are a
bit braver, create your own color scheme.
The instructions below explain how to create these eye-catching
TRY TO LEAVE FAIRLY EVEN GAPS BETWEEN
THE MOSAIC PIECES.
Wear protective eye wear while creating your mosaic pieces. Break
plates or fragments by covering with a thick cloth and hitting with a hammer.
Use a tile nipper to trim pieces to size. Apply china repair adhesive to
the back of each piece; press against theflowerpot. Allow glue to dry
APPLYING THE GROUT.
Apply premixed grout from a hardware store or home
center to the entire surface of the clean, dry pot. Make sure you
completely fill between the shards of pottery for a unified look. If you
prefer, leave the rim exposed for decorative contrast.
SMOOTHING THE GROUT.
Use a tile float to smooth and even out the grout.
Allow the pot to dry for several hours. A hazy film of dried grout will
appear on the tile. Carefully wipe away this film with a damp sponge.
Rinse out sponge as needed.
WIPE GROUT FILM OFF TILE SURFACES WITH
A DAMP SPONGE.
Allow the new beautiful flowerpot to dry for a week.
When you are sure the grout is completely dry, seal with a grout sealer.
In addition to their service as homes for blooming plants, these pots are
ideal for parties, or as potting shed accessories to hold pens or hand