mo-sa-ic: noun; a surface decoration made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns.

Well, hindsight is 20/20, and already I can see improvements for doing mosaics. First, I would explain what mosaics are and show the boys examples, either in pictures, books, or simply "Google images" on a laptop, or show them tangible examples such as

stepping stone
candle votive

Then, I would have the boys do a mosaic with paper so that they can practice the medium in an easy format. Here's an easy mosaic craft they can do in one meeting. At the end of that meeting I would have the boys break up the plate they brought.

At the next meeting the boys can spread mortar on the back of their tile and draw their design on it with a toothpick. Then they can begin to assemble the mosaic. At the next meeting they can spread the grout and take it home!


-ceramic tiles (1 each boy) any size, recommend 8x8 or 12x12

-mortar medium such as ____or ____ (avail. at Home Depot or Lowes) quart size should be sufficient for 12 boys using 12x12 tiles.

-toothpicks or similar

-protective gloves (such as gardening gloves)

-spreading tool for mortar

-plates to break (single color best- flat best, not flared)

-paper grocery bags and hammers

-sponge (1 each)

-grout to fill in tiles

-mixed media mosaics will use small things such as lego men, keys, mirror bits, etc.


1. Protect the area with moving blanket or work outside
2. put plates into paper bag and smash it with hammer (putting it in the bag protects the boys from flying shards)
3. dump out bag and pull large pieces out to re-smash
4. sort out pieces by color
5. spread mortar onto tile about 1/4 in. thick
6. trace your design into the mortar and begin laying pieces/tiles
7. let dry
8. spread grout into grooves and cracks
9. wipe and polish with damp/wet (not drippy) sponge to take off excess grout
10. let dry and if you desire, seal it

*note, if you purchase pre-cut mosaic tiles disregard #s 2 and 3.

The Sand Man: a Christian mosaic artist with clear photo examples

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