Do you collect sea glass? My Mom and I have been for years. I have a couple of big dishes full of the pretty glass. I wanted to add more birdbaths to my garden this year and loved the look of the mosaic ones I have seen, but they were so expensive! That’s when I got the idea to make a mosaic sea glass birdbath!
How To Make A Mosaic Birdbath
The first thing I needed to figure out is what I could use for the top and base of a birdbath that would fit in with the look of my flower garden. What could be more perfect than flower pots right??
For this birdbath, I grabbed 2 8″ terra cotta pots and a 12-inch terra-cotta saucer dish ( the one that normally would sit under the planter).
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- 2 Terra Cotta Pots
- 12″ Terra Cotta Saucer Dish
- Sea Glass
- Spray Paint/ Paint
- Tile Adhesive
- Pre-Mixed Grout
- Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze
Step 1. Paint the Terra Cotta Pots
First, I sprayed the 2 pots and terra cotta dish that I am going to use as the base and top of my mosaic birdbath with a coat of light gray spray paint.
Step 2. Make the sea glass mosaic dish
After the spray paint was completely dry it was time to add the sea glass to the birdbath dish.
Working in small sections on the terra cotta dish, I spread tile adhesive on the bottom first then pressed in pieces of the sea glass,
There needs to be enough tile adhesive on the bottom of the dish, that when you push the glass down it comes up the sides of the glass.
It was fun making the sea glass mosaic. I kinda just played around with the pieces and it all worked out.
I saved my small pieces of the sea glass to fill in between the larger pieces.
After the sea glass was all in place the tile adhesive needed to set; it took more than a day for it to be completely dry (but it was quite humid here).
Step 3. Putting the base together for the birdbath
I ran a bead of strong glue around the rim of one of the pots and then flipped the other pot over to attach it to the top.
I decided to add a little color to the base of the birdbath and did a quick sweep around the pots with a couple of blue shades of paint that I had on hand (I also did this to the dish).
Step 4. Grouting the mosaic birdbath dish
When the tile adhesive was dry and hardened it was time to grout the birdbath dish.
I bought a small container of pre-mixed grout in a gray shade for this part of the project,
It was kind of like icing a cake. I used a plastic trowel and spread it over the sea glass and then wiped off the excess with a damp sponge…it’s a little bit messy!!
Step 5. Seal the birdbath
The last step was to seal the birdbath using Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze.
Not only does it seal the birdbath it gives it that glazed pottery sheen.
I couldn’t wait to put it out in my garden and fill it up with water! Not only does it add a pretty detail to my garden it’s important to have water available for the birds and pollinators to enjoy.