Getting the kids involved in mosaic sounds far more challenging and intimidating than it really is. Because mosaic is really a step-and-repeat art form, it requires nothing more than a simple element that can be repeated and arranged in any pretty shape or pattern.
While you could go as far as to book a professional mosaic class at the local arts centre, a little splash of creativity can turn even the most common household bits and bobs into a mosaic masterpiece. Here are some examples of elements that you can use:
- A variety of big and small coins, like old 2-cent and 5-cent pieces that are practically worthless these days.
- Paper off-cuts – these are ideal for simpler paper-mâché mosaic projects.
- Pasta shapes of all colours and varieties.
- Letters and small pictures out of a magazine.
- Mirror off-cuts – just make sure that they’re polished around the edges to avoid injury.
- Mini mosaic tiles, available at most craft and stationery stores.
- Old teacup shards – once again, ensure that the edges are smoothed with a file.
- Ribbon off-cuts and fabric scraps.
- Dried flower petals, seeds, pods and pressed leaves from the garden.
- Flattened glass marbles and an assortment of beads and crystals.
- Shells, washed up pieces of glass (that are naturally smooth) and polished river stones.
- Scraps of old ornate wallpaper.
If you’re attempting to make a décor piece for the home, be sure to invest in a good quality mosaic glue and varnish to make it last.
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