What you need to make a mosaic love block:

• Timber Block (size depends on your preference)
• Mosaic tiles, we used white & red
• Two wheel tile cutter
• Marker pen
• Glue
• Water
• Tile grout (we used white)
• Mixing bowl
• Ice cream stick
• Sponge
• Old dry towel
• Plastic or latex gloves

To create a beautiful handmade work of art for your Mom on Mother's Day, you can decorate a
timber block for your next mosaic project!

Step 1

You will need to find an old piece of timber, from the garage or garden. Our timber block is
approximately 250mm X 30mm. You can make yours larger of smaller, but keep in mind that you
will need much larger quantities of tile, glue and grout if your timber is larger and of
course, much more patience if working on a smaller scale!

wooden blocks raw

Step 2

You will need to use your marker pen to mark out the lettering on your timber block. We have
used freehand to write 'Love' with a few swirls onto our block. You can do this on one side or
both sides if you would like a double sided mosaic block. Space the letters out a bit, to
allow for the width of your mosaic tiles.

draw letters permenant marker

Step 3

Prepare your mosaic tiles by cutting them into small, randomly shaped bits using the two wheel
tile cutter. We have cut our red mosaic tiles into much smaller pieces, as we need these for
the finer details such as the lettering. Our white tiles are a little bit larger as they are
covering the background where there is no detail.

cut mosaic pieces

Step 4

Right, now we are ready to start our mosaic project!

When doing mosaic, it is always a good idea to start in the areas where there is fine detail,
so we will start by doing the lettering first. Use your glue to stick each mosaic tile into
place on to the lettering. You want to complete a letter at a time. You can perform this step
by either applying the glue to the block directly, or you could apply the glue to each
individual piece of tile as you stick it down. Try to get the pieces very close together for
extra definition.

apply glue lettersstick mosaic pieces start

Step 5

Use your eye to judge which mosaic pieces will fit better along the line for the lettering.
Generally, the 'up' and 'down' strokes in lettering are a bit thicker, so use wider pieces for
these and thinner pieces on the top and bottom angles of each letter. Use your tile
nippers/cutter to re-shape the mosaic tile pieces, for smooth lettering if you need to. Slowly
continue piece by piece, completing one letter at a time.

stick mosaic pieces letter o

Step 6

Keep going until you have covered the lettering in the red mosaic tiles.

lettering complete

Step 7

With the lettering complete, we can now begin to fill in the background. Work from one side
across. Apply the glue to the timber surface and work in the white mosaic tiles. You can work
a bit quicker here and leave slightly larger gaps between the mosaic tiles as this is just the

Apply enough glue to the wood so that you can stick a few mosaic tiles down without having to
keep stopping to apply more glue.

apply glue background

Step 8

Slowly work your way across, from one side of the mosaic project to the other until the
background is filled.

glueing background mosaic

Step 9

Now you can mosaic the opposite side of the mosaic project, as well as the two edges. You may
have to do this in stages to allow the glue on one side to dry before moving onto the next

Step 10

Once we have mosaicked all four sides of the mosaic project, there is just the top to do!

We have a heart design on the top of our timber board. You can create this by using your tile
nippers/cutter to make two triangular shapes for the lower part of the heart, and two semi-
circular shapes for the top of the heart. The shortest side of the triangle is paired with the
flat edge of the semi-circle. Now both shapes are placed alongside each other and glued into
place to create the heart shape.

mosaic top edge

Step 11

With the mosaic hearts in place, we need to fill in the background to complete the mosaic
project. Once the background has been filled on every side of the mosaic love block, leave it
to dry for 24hrs before moving onto the next step.

mosaic top edge background

Step 12

Time to grout!
Now would be a good time to slip on plastic or latex gloves, especially if your skin is quite
sensitive. Grout sucks up moisture and can leave your skin very dry.

We have used white grout, to better match the white background tile, which will increase the
impact and definition of the red tiles for our 'Love' lettering on this mosaic project.

grouting what you need

Step 13

Place the grout into your mixing tub. Grout goes from being too thick to being too runny very
quickly, so rather work with a little extra care and add a little water to the grout bit by
bit, mixing each time to see if you have reached the right consistency.

The right consistency for mosaic tile grout is that of a thin toothpaste, or mayonnaise. Make
sure you have crushed any lumps and scraped the sides of the container.

Step 14

Dump the grout onto your mosaic project using an ice cream stick.

apply grouting stick

Step 15

Use a firm sponge to work the grout into all crevices. This is bit like spreading margarine on
a slice of toast, just make sure the grout fills in all the spaces and cracks between tiles on
your mosaic project. Leave it to dry.

spread grouting spongegrouting done

Step 16

Once the grout is dry, use a damp sponge or cloth to wipe away the excess grout, and then
lightly polish the tiles with a dry cloth to bring a shine to your mosaic project.

Your mosaic Love block is now complete and ready to be given to Mom on Mother’s Day.

finished love block

finished upcycle background

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