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I had an old tile lying around, and not wanting to throw it away, I came up with an idea... Why not use this as a base to make a beautiful recycled tile stepping stone for the garden?
Read through all the instructions first before starting this recycling mosaic craft. It is a good idea to cover your work surface with newspaper or brown paper, as silicone glue can get messy!
Wash your tile with some water. The surface needs to be quite clean so that the silicone sticks properly. Once it has been washed, leave to dry.
Place the tile on your work surfacing. Squeeze a small amount of silicone onto the tile, and push and hold a stone in place for a few seconds until it sticks. When mosaicking, make sure that the pieces you stick down don't go over the edge of the board (or tile in this case!) that you are working on.
Squeeze another small amount of silicone glue onto the tile, and then stick the next stone down. You need to make sure that the pieces are quite close together, but do not touch. Later on our grouting will fill up all the spaces between the stones.
Continue using silicone to stick the stones down. Because you don't want any stones to go over the edge of the tile, we found it easier to stick stones along the top edge first, giving us a border to work with.
Once we had stuck a border of stones along the top and right edge, we started filling up the centre of the board with our mosaic stones.
Once our tile was fully mosaicked, we left it overnight. This is just to make sure that the silicone has a chance to fully cure and stck properly.
Now we need to grout the project. Because our stepping stone mosaic will be for outdoor use, we will need to waterproof it. This is quite easy to do, simply purchase Bond It from your nearest hardware store and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Essentially, Bond It is used in place of water when grouting and helps to waterproof the grout.
For in-depth instructions on how to grout, please refer to Step 13 of our Mosaic Teddy on Moon project.
Once your mosaicked tile has been grouted, it is complete and ready to add a touch of magic to your garden!