We purchased a lot of Polish Pottery when we were in Warsaw, most of which made it home intact. Sadly there were a few pieces that didn’t make it. The shop we bought them from replaced them but we still wanted to do something fun with the pieces we had. Paris found this tutorial on Pinterest and thought we should give it a try.
- Terracota pot
- Broken tile or broken pottery
- Tile grout– you can get this premixed but I STRONGLY suggest buying it in powder form and mixing it yourself
- Tile adhesive
- latex gloves
- Butter knife
- Tile clippers
- Grout Float
- Small plastic bucket
- Tile & Stone Sealer
- Tile & Grout Brush
- Use a hammer to get the pieces a bit smaller so they would fit on the pots. We wanted the pots to be covered but to also show off the designs of the pieces.
- Use the tile clippers to get more accurate pieces. The best way to use the clippers is to hold the piece inside a plastic bag. Then place the edge of the clippers on the edge of the piece of tile or pottery where you want to cut it. Then apple pressure to the clippers. The piece of tile will go everywhere, hence the bag. It will take a few tries to get the hang of this to practice on some pieces you aren’t planning on using.
- Once you have all of your pieces in the sizes and shape you want, lay them all out so you can see them. You can use double sided tape to start placing the tile on the pot so you can have an idea of where you want each piece to go before you adhere them to the pot.
- Once you have an idea of what you are doing, use the tile adhesive to adhere the pieces to the pot. You will need to put the pot on a box so you can turn it while you are putting the tiles on. Once all of the tiles are on, let the adhesive dry for 24 hours.
- After you have let the adhesive dry, make your grout in the plastic bucket. Follow the instructions on the grout you purchased. It is easier to make several pots at a time so you can make a larger batch of grout.
- Using the butter knife, spread the grout all over the pot. You will want to do this outside as it is VERY messy. Make sure every surface is covered and all of the spaced between the tiles are filled. Make sure you make an even line on the top and on the bottom of your pot to avoid it being crooked. Let the grout dry for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, use the grout brush to remove the grout from the tiles. You do not want to remove the grout anywhere else on the pot so be very careful. It is easier to remove the grout from the tiles when the grout is still wet. You can do it when the grout is dry however.
- Once you have removed all of the grout for the tiles, allow for the grout to dry for 24 hours
- Now apply the tile sealer to the entire pot. You will want to pour some of the sealer onto a cloth or paper towel and dab the liquid onto your pot. Let this dry for as long as the container says, usually 1-3 hours.
- You now have a beautiful and unique pot!