Hi Kenarry Readers! We’re Jennifer and Kitty from RunningWithSisters.com, and we have a mosaic project that is so pretty and so easy — Mosaic House Numbers! We discovered a fast way to make beautiful mosaics, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Even if you’ve never done a mosaic before, you can do this! The trick is no grout!
We will show you everything you need to get to make your own gorgeous mosaic house numbers. We’ll show you how to adhere your mosaic (again––no grout!) and how to arrange your tiles and things for best results. We’ve even included a video. Follow along as with the video, then use the instructions below to make your own!
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Materials To Make One Of The Mosaic House Numbers
Wooden or MDF house numbers, about 9.5″ tall
Black primer spray paint
Mini tiles, assorted sizes
Brass shank buttons (shanks removed)
Cube beads, 4mm
100% Silicone, black
Steps To Make One Of The Mosaic House Numbers
1. Spray paint the number black. Be sure to do both the front and the back, plus the sides.
2. Cover the front of the number with a 1/8-inch layer of black silicone. Squeeze the silicone out onto the number.
Use the putty knife to spread the silicone over the surface. It’s like frosting a cake!
3. To make the mosaic, press the keys into the silicone first. Next arrange the charms and buttons. Make sure each item is pressed down into the silicone.
4. Make a border with mini tiles using all tiles of the same color. If the keys or other items interfere with the border, just leave off the tile there. You can use a smaller tile or cube bead in the next step. The border doesn’t have to be 100% complete.
5. Fill in the spaces between the keys and tile border with the different mini tiles. Continue filling in spaces with smaller tiles. Then finally fill in the smallest spaces with the cube beads until almost all of the black silicone is covered.
Let the mosaic house numbers set up over night. You can use the silicone to adhere picture hangers to the backs of your numbers, too. We made three mosaic house numbers and chose to do each one in a different color, but we chose colors that go together. If you prefer you could do all your numbers in the same color story. Whatever you’d like!
If you have any questions while you’re working on your mosaic house numbers, just leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We want to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
Here are a few more mosaic projects from The O’Neil Sisters:
Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil are sisters and authors of several books including Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair From Recycled Finds. Their crafting, decorating, and flea market articles have appeared in Woman’s World, Craft Ideas, and Create and Decorate magazines and on the web sites of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and HGTV. Their detailed craft videos can be found on Curious.com and YouTube. The O’Neil Sisters share their enthusiasm and their fresh approach to crafting and decorating on their blog, RunningWithSisters.com.