Monday, October 08, 2007

Mosaic Boxes

We finished our mosaic boxes this weekend and I wanted to show them off. I think the kids did a great job on them. (Please keep in mind that none of us have ever done any type of mosaic work before, unless you count construction paper.)

When I first showed the kids what we would be doing, Robert was not interested. However, when I mentioned he would get to break up the tiles into smaller pieces with a hammer, he was in.

We worked outside because the tile adhesive we were using said that we need to be in an area with cross-ventilation. I didn't want to take a chance, so we worked out on the back porch. This was definitely one of those times I wish we had some sort of table out there.

First, we divided up the tiles. I felt it would be best to decide on colors before beginning. (I'm smart that way.)

Then the hammering began. I think this was one of their favorite parts.

A practice run to get a feel for how many tiles would be needed...

Gluing... With all the warnings on the bottle, I was a little worried about this. No problems were encountered, however.

Both children lost patience with the small pieces after awhile, so we filled in the middle with whole tiles.

Gluing is finished. Now we just have to wait for them to dry before grouting.

I did the grouting. I think that's my own impatience coming through. :)

Here's a picture of the finished boxes. The kids were anxious for me to finish with the picture-taking so they could start using them. I think they are very proud of the work they did. I know I am.

1 comment:

Tami, part-time blogger - full time scrapbooker said...

The mosaics look awesome! It is fun anytime one gets to smash something to smithereens with a hammer, isn't it? ; ) We have never made mosaics, and Miss M can't see your post!!!

Tell the kids they did a great job!

: )