Spring is here which means planting season is upon us. I love finding the perfect pot to pair with a plant and nothing is more special than a mosaic pot you created yourself. In the spirit of creativity, I would like to share a fun DIY mosaic planter pot that I created from broken ceramic dishes I had collected through the years. I did a mosaic on a larger pot so it definitely took a good chunk of time, I’m estimating in total around 5 hours. This is doable on a weekend, which is when I did it. I love how my mosaic pot turned out and am excited to make another one in the near future! Let me show you how I made it, so you can make one too!
How to make a DIY Mosaic Planter Pot
Tools you need
A terracotta pot
ceramic to break into pieces
containers to hold mortar and grout (I used a small plastic container and bucket)
cloth rag or sponge
tile cutters (also called tile nippers)
Step 1: Break tile, plates, mugs, or whatever ceramic pieces you have with a hammer.
Using your hammer put the ceramic on a cloth (I used an old sheet) and hammer them until they are broken. Then use a tile cutter to shape them however you like. I used our fancy broken blue Crate and Barrel dinnerware and floral china plates and mugs.
Every time we broke a dish in our home I put the broken piece in a box in our garage in anticipation of creating a mosaic out of them. Over the years the collection added up lol. I love that I re-purposed broken ceramic to transform into something new. You could find pretty dishes at thrift stores, garage sales, dollar store, etc to use to break into pieces and even go with a specific color palette to use for this project. My color palette ended up being navy blue, white, with little touches of color.
It helps to make piles of pieces that you would like to use together for part of the design for your DIY mosaic planter pot. I wanted flowers all over my pot, so here I grouped ceramic pieces to form a flower. I did this grouping for the first couple, but then I ended up just going free form with finding whatever pieces were in front of me and fitting them together.
Step 2 – Mix the mortar and apply it to the tile and adhere it to the pot.
Follow the directions on the back of the mortar bag on how to mix it. I picked up the bag of tile mortar pictured above at Lowe’s. You will have leftover mortar to use for multiple projects with the 10 lb bag. I used a leftover plastic container to mix the mortar in and an old butter knife to apply the mortar.
Then get your terracotta pot ready. I bought mine new and did wash it out, but you probably could skip this step if its new. If you are using a used pot wash it out beforehand.
It’s best to work in a ventilated space if possible, so I chose to work outside on our patio. Once mixed the mortar should have the consistency similar to peanut butter. Use your knife to coat the back of each tile and press it on to the pot.
This is the fun part, designing how you want your pot to look as you fit pieces together like a puzzle. The beauty about mosaics is that there are endless possibilities for your design. You could use glass, rocks, stones, crystals, as accents with the tile pieces. I kept mine simple with just ceramic but next time I want to add some accents.
On the design above I had white tiles for the flower so I surrounded them with blue ceramic pieces to give contrast.
Adhering the tiles to the pot is the longest part of the process. This easily took me 3-4 hours. It actually started to get dark out so I had to move my project into the garage. Once you are done adhering the tiles you want them to set overnight if possible. I totally skipped this step when I did it, oops, and went on to grouting it, and my mosaic pot turned out fine, so I think it is probably okay to skip this step.
Step 3: Apply grout in between tile, wipe off with a wet cloth, and let it dry.
First mix the grout. I used this grout in Avalanche. I used a bucket to mix the grout and used heavy duty rubber gloves to scoop it out of the bucket and apply it to the mosaic. I threw the gloves away afterwards.
This process was at least an hour long. Once your done filling in the cracks between the tile with the grout let it sit for some time (the directions on the grout will say how long) and let it harden. Once its hardened, wet a cloth rag or sponge with water and wipe off the excess grout as you smooth it all around. Keep doing this until it is the way you want it to look and all of the ceramic is visible. It will take several times around the pot to achieve the final look. It helps to use a bowl to rinse out the wet rag clean as you do this final step.
Once your done, clean up. Whatever you do make sure you wipe off tools and put the debris in the trash and not the sink! The grout can ruin a garbage disposal and your plumbing system.
Note: If you plan on putting your mosaic pot outside, you should seal it. Since I created my mosaic pot for indoor use I didn’t seal it.
Step 4: Bring your gorgeous mosaic planter pot inside and put a plant in it!
Now go ahead and enjoy your new beautiful creation with a lovely plant or flower in it! I absolutely love how my mosaic planter pot turned out and will treasure it for years to come!
I chose a rubber plant to put in my mosaic pot, this specific type is the Ficus Elastica Black Prince rubber plant. It likes a bright spot to a partially shaded area. I placed mine in the breakfast nook, where it still gets light from the window and the sliding doors to the patio on the lower level to where it sits. Here it can be viewed by many angles, from the kitchen and the family room steps below. I wanted to be able to see the different sides of the pot and I also get to when I rotate the pot around to even the growth of the leaves.
I have rocks on the top of the soil and a pretty decorative stone my aunt made me, so our cats don’t try to go potty in our plants. All of our big house plants that are on the floor have rocks in them because our cat Willow kept trying to go in them. The rocks prevent this and bring a nice earthy element to the pots.
We are able to view it from the family room as we walk up the stairs to the kitchen.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Mosaic planter pot post! Let me know if you try it out and please send me a link to your photos if you do! I’d love to see what you come up with!