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DIY tiled centrepiece

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DIY tiled centrepiece

I love to create mosaic tables and here I made a centrepiece using left over tile and scrap timber I had at home. 
I made this while doing a larger project, so I was able to use up the left over tile adhesive and grout too. 


Step 1


Firstly I found a piece of scrap wood and got everything out that I needed. 



Adhesive applicator/scraper




Bucket of water 

Step 2

I then got to work setting the tile pieces down in a pattern I was happy with. I broke a few pieces up using a hammer to create smaller tiles when needed. 



Step 3

When I was happy with the pattern, I transferred them off the board so that I could apply the adhesive. I taped around the edge of the board to hold any loose adhesive in place. 
Then using the adhesive scraper, I applied the adhesive and scored lines down the centre like this. 


Step 4


Step 5

Then I placed each tile back on the board. This is so satisfying to do!


Step 6

Once all the pieces were in place. I left it to dry for 24 hours. 


Step 7

After the adhesive had set, it was time to grout. 
Once mixed with water, the grout is a thick paste. 
I applied using my gloves hands and pushed into each crevice. 
I then used a damp sponge to smooth it out and remove the excess


Step 8

I then left it to dry overnight. 
the following day I used an orbital sander with fine grit sandpaper to smooth off any rough edges and blend the grout into the timber. 


Step 9

I then waxed the entire piece using white wax. This sealed the grout and tile and makes it easier to clean. 


Step 10


And then I set this in the middle of my dining table. It makes a nice setting for flowers, candles, picture frames, or could be used to serve a bowl of chips and dip!

I love this travertine tile, and love how it ties in with my outdoor area tiles. 

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: DIY tiled centrepiece

Such a cool and unique project, @kimamery! I was thinking of making something similar the other day, then your guide popped up! What a great centerpiece this would make for a table setting.


Thanks so much for sharing, as I trust it will inspire many of our members to give something like this a go. 




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Re: DIY tiled centrepiece

Looks fantastic @kimamery. Thanks so much for sharing.



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