Mosaic Tile Birdbath Instructions
Adding a mosaic tiled birdbath to a yard or garden provides a focal point and a place for birds to bathe. Buying tiled birdbaths already made is an expensive endeavor. Making your own mosaic design is fun and rewarding and it lets you personalize your landscape. There are several options available to you when choosing materials.
Choosing the Birdbath
An already made concrete birdbath and stand.
A terra cotta bowl or low-sided terra cotta planter.
Designing the Mosaic
Draw a picture of whatever you choose directly onto the concrete or terra cotta. Draw on the piece after you have washed it.
Make an abstract design with no preconceived picture in mind. This includes free form shape, graduating lines of color or designing as you go.
What Can You Use To Create a Mosaic
Preparing Tile to Make a Mosaic
Break a tile into pieces with a hammer or mallet. Wear safety glasses and gloves to avoid injury when breaking ceramic tile.
Sort the tile by color and within the color classification, sort by size. Make three piles -- small, medium and large pieces.
Preparing the Concrete or Terra Cotta
Wash the inside and outside of the birdbath, bowl or planter with a mild dish soap and a scrub brush.
Rinse off soapsuds and allow the piece to dry completely.
Put a dab of landscape adhesive on the back of a piece of tile, position the tile in place and press down. Yes, it is that easy!
Put adhesive on the back of the second tile and set it in place. Place the second tile as close as possible to the first to avoid thick grout lines. Continue to put a dab of landscape adhesive on the back of tile pieces and set them in place until the birdbath is cover inside and out with shards of broken tile, glass, sea shells or whatever else you choose to make your mosaic birdbath out of.
Let the adhesive set for an hour or two.
Use a pre-mixed grout. You can mix your own grout, but this is less messy and it is much easier.
Spread the grout over the mosaic with a flexible rubber putty knife. Push the grout in between the tiles to fill in the space.
Wet a soft rag or sponge and wipe the grout off the birdbath. Don't worry only the grout that is in places that it does not belong will come off.
Allow the grout to set for 24 to 48 hours before filling and using the birdbath.