Give feathered fliers a fancy place to touch down by embellishing a flowerpot saucer with colorful tiles or pebbles. To extend its life, store your birdbath during freezing weather. Be sure to follow product instructions when making the mosaic. You will need:
Glass or ceramic mosaic tiles or pebbles
Terra-cotta flowerpot and saucer
Tile adhesive (We used Weldbond Universal Adhesive.)
Small pieces of cardboard
Tile grout (We used Mosaic Mercantile premixed grout, from MosaicMercantile.com.)
Grout sealer (We used AFM Safecoat brand, which is nontoxic and moisture-resistant.)
1. Arrange mosaic pieces into a pattern in a section of the flowerpot saucer.
2. When you're satisfied with the design, use a piece of cardboard to spread tile adhesive over a small area of the saucer, and arrange the tiles atop the glue. (The adhesive dries in just a few minutes, so you'll need to work in small sections.)
3. Continue this process until the saucer is covered by the mosaic. Allow the adhesive to cure for at least six hours or overnight.
4. With another small piece of cardboard, spread grout over the mosaic, making sure to work it in between all of the tiles. When using pebbles, the instructions are the same, but be very careful to work the grout in between all the pebbles.
5. Let the grout set according to the package directions, then wipe the surface of the tiles clean with a damp sponge. Use a rag to remove any residue.
6. Apply a coat of grout sealer to your design and allow it to dry.
7. Set the saucer on the overturned pot. If you like, glue the two pieces together using the tile adhesive.
-- Nicole Blasenak Shapiro, Disney FamilyFun magazine