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Mosaic Mirror

The broken rims of plates can be used to create the scalloped curves edging this mirror frame. An assortment of off-white and floral fragments gives the frame a variegated effect.

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Tiles or broken china

  • Heavy-duty craft glue

  • Grout

  • Sealant

  • Tile cutters and nippers

  • Particle mask with ventilator

  • Wooden craft sticks

  • Rubber gloves

  • Large sponge or rags

  • Protective goggles and mask


  1. Use tile nippers to break plates so that you have large sections of curvy plate borders and smaller pieces from the centers. Affix the large sections to the frame's perimeter with heavy-duty craft glue to make a scalloped edge. Fill in the remaining area with smaller fragments.

  2. Mix grout (which fills the spaces between tiles, locking them into place), according to package instructions; use a wooden stick to spread it evenly over the mosaic. Wearing gloves, use fingertips to press the grout into crevices.

  3. Wipe off any excess grout with a damp sponge or rag, being careful not to wipe away the grout in the crevices. Switch to a dry rag for any residual grout. Let the grout dry overnight. Take the frame outside, and use a foam brush or spray to apply the grout sealant, which protects the grout from water damage, mildew, and dirt. (Glazed ceramic tiles are already waterproof, so you only need to seal the grout.) Wipe off any excess with a damp sponge or rag immediately, and let it dry for one day in a well-ventilated spot.

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