Do you know what I love almost as much as flowers? Pretty planters to put them in! Todays project is a broken china mosaic Flower pot. This project makes a great gift for the upcoming holidays. I can’t wait to throw a pretty poinsettia into my mosaic flower pot.
Plus it’s a great way to up-cycle mismatched and chipped china you may have lying around. C’mon you know you have a stack of mismatched dishes stashed away somewhere…or is that just me? Get out those old dusty dishes or take a trip to the thrift store to harvest some and let’s break stuff!
How to Make a Broken China Flower Pot
First you are going to need a terra-cotta pot. Now is a great time to find them cheap. I got mine for a couple of bucks at Ocean State Job Lot. Spray paint your pot any color you like. Keep in mind that whatever color you choose is going to show through in spots after you add the broken china. I chose silver because I didn’t want the china pieces to get lost against a bold color.
You will also need to grab some Mosaic Tile Adhesive (Mercantile) and some cheap plastic palette knives. Both of these items can be found at Michael’s and most craft stores.
If you don’t have any spare china to break you will need to take a trip to the thrift store. Keep an eye out for bright-colored plates with bold and busy patterns. Stay away from dishes that have high ridges and deep curves these are much harder to adhere. The flatter the better!
*You can also use tile cutters to snip more even pieces if you like.
To break your china simply place it in a towel and hit it with a rubber mallet or hammer a couple of times. *Don’t go crazy, china especially will break pretty easily and you don’t want your pieces to be too small.
As you break your plates make sure you have some containers handy so you can arrange your broken china pieces by color. This will save you tons of time once you start adhering pieces to your flower-pot. I used a variety of plastic containers from my recycling bin.
When working with the adhesive you will need to apply it to the back of your broken china and the spot on your flower-pot where you want it to go. Apply the adhesive like you would apply spreadable cheese to a cracker. You don’t want too much but you want enough to cover and form a strong bond.
*Keep some baby wipes handy to clean any wayward adhesive off of china pieces and fingers.
Lay your pot on its side and cover as much surface area as you can. Arranging the broken china pieces is a lot like putting together a puzzle. Experiment with different pieces before applying the adhesive to ensure a good fit! *You will need to let the adhesive dry overnight before moving on to the next section.
*Some of the sharp edges will stick out so just be careful when you pick up your pot.
Once you have all of your broken china pieces adhered to your pot you can embellish the uncovered areas with paints, gems, or whatever you like! I used Martha Stewart Acrylic paints to create a checkered pattern on the top and bottom of my pot. I also used glossy accents to add tiny silver stars in between the black squares.
The fun doesn’t stop with flower pots for this technique. You can use broken china to make a mosaic on pretty much anything. Maybe around a mirror, or to upgrade the inside panel of a cabinet door. You can also use other materials for your mosaic like glass gems, stones, beads, or found objects. Like I said, the possibilities are endless!
This project makes a great gift for the plant lover in your life. Breaking china is also a a great stress reliever. With the holidays rapidly approaching this is a win win! Make a great gift and get an attitude adjustment at the same time Go get your mosaic on my friends!
Have a colorful day!