During the summer I did some cleaning up and rearranging in my patio garden and ended up with some extra bricks and these cement blocks. I didn't want to get rid of them and so had my usual "I can do something with this" thoughts.
I had seen some mosaic garden art on Pinterest and I liked that idea. The front of my condo has a pink dogwood tree in front that covers up my house number so I decided to do something for the front of my condo.
I scrounged around my house - yes, I tend to be a saver - "I can do something with this," remember? - and here's what I found.
Lots of sea glass.
I just slipped the pieces into a plastic bag and tapped away with a hammer!
A trip to Michael's for pre-mixed mosaic grout and some good glue, and I was ready to get going.
After scrubbing and drying the cement blocks, I printed out plain numbers on paper and used them as a template to chalk on to the blocks.
I glued the numbers with the sea glass pieces first. I then filled in around them with the white tile pieces. The glue was white but dried clear.
I also had a handful of decorative mosaic pieces - leaves, flowers, butterflies, etc. - that I bought a long time ago for some forgotten project, so I incorporated them into the mosaic. I left the opening in the blocks at the top so I can plant flowers in the summer, and probably some Christmas decor later.
Here they are, just after the grouting is finished. Yes, I forgot to take a few more photos of the process. Sigh.
Here's a link to several mosaic projects that will tell you everything you need to know if you haven't done mosaics before. I had only done it once previously, many years ago. It's not that difficult as long as you know the steps to take. http://www.architecturendesign.net/28-stunning-mosaic-projects-for-your-garden/
Here's the end result in place.