Do you love the look of a mosaic? A one-of-a-kind Christmas mosaic doorstop will be both useful and beautiful.
You can use a brick from the garage in the spirit of recycling; just clean it first.
This project is not for the kids, and if you haven’t done a mosaic before, take it slowly and carefully.
The result will be a unique door stop. Or you could use the finished product as a piece of homemade art for your garden.
- Green mosaic tiles
- Venetian-style white mosaic tiles
- Half brick
- Wheeled tile nipper
- Sanded grout
- Paddle pop stick or stirrer
- Water basin
- Q-tips or paper towel
- Grout sealer, if doorstop will be outside
- Felt to line back of brick if necessary
- If your brick is recycled, clean it if necessary, and let it dry.
- Find a Christmas tree pattern that you like and trace it onto tracing paper.
- Cut out the tree shape.
- Trace the pattern onto your brick.
- When arranging your pieces, use the tile nipper to cut pieces if necessary.
- Don’t forget to leave a tiny space in between the pieces.
- Glue on pieces of green mosaic within the tree line.
- Glue on pieces of white mosaic around the tree.
- Mix the grout with water according to packet directions.
- Put your gloves on and wipe the grout on in all directions. Massage grout into the gaps. Take care with any broken pieces, they may be sharp.
- Take off excess grout.
- Put your sponge into the water, and squeeze it out.
- Wipe over the surface, don’t scrub it.
- Let it dry until the grout looks cloudy; you can dry it with a hairdryer to speed it up if you wish.
- Carefully wipe the grout off.
- Let it sit overnight.
- Clean the surface with Windex.
- Apply the grout sealer if the doorstop is going outside.
- Apply felt to the back with glue for a nice finish.
Now one of the first things your guests see will be your very unique Christmas tree mosaic door stop!