How to Create Garden Art

Overview

The trite saying of "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" holds true for art as well. What says garden art to one person says trash heap to another. No matter what your taste you will find art that enhances the theme and feeling of the garden. Keep the artwork consistent with the garden design. Formal gardens call for formal sculptures. Informal gardens allow more freedom. Create a mosaic urn as a focal point for your garden.

Step 1

Select an urn that has simple lines and no handles. Scrub the urn with soap and water and a scrub brush to remove any dirt and dust. Let dry thoroughly.

Step 2

Choose tiles from a home improvement store that have the colors you'd like. Don't worry about the design on the tiles because you'll be breaking them apart. Seal with tile sealer so the grout won't stick to the face of the tile.

Step 3

Break the tiles apart. Turn them over and put the right side down on a soft cloth. Gently tap the back of the tile to break it into pieces. Break all the tiles you'll need for the entire project. You can get a rough estimate of what you'll need by measuring the height and width of the urn to get the square footage. Measure across the widest part of the urn. Increase the square footage by 50 percent since the urn is three dimensional. Turn the pieces back over so the right side is up.

Step 4

Coat the urn with grout in the color you'd like for the background of the mosaic. Smooth the coat on with a trowel, working from the bottom of the urn up. The coat shouldn't be more than 1/4 inch thick.

Step 5

Press the broken pieces of tile, right side up, into the grout as closely together as possible. There will be gaps between the tiles. Make up the design free form as you go along.

Step 6

Wait until the grout has set enough so the tiles don't move. Use a damp, not dripping wet, sponge to remove any grout from the tiles.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wash hands thoroughly after handling grout If you don't use the tile sealer the grout may stick to the tiles and be difficult to remove.

Things You'll Need

  • Urn
  • Tile
  • Sealer
  • Soft cloth
  • Hammer
  • Grout
  • Trowel
  • Sponge

References

  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden"; Courtier et al; 2003
  • "Working with Tile"; Tom and Lane Meehan; 2005
Keywords: mosaic garden urn, mosaic pot, make garden art

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Katie Rosehill holds an MBA from Arizona State University. She began her writing career soon after college and has written website content and e-books. Her articles have appeared on GardenGuides.com, eHow, and GolfLinks. Favorite topics include personal finance - that MBA does come in handy sometimes - weddings and gardening.