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How to Create a China Mosaic Backsplash

Create a beautiful mosaic kitchen made from broken china plates and cups. This unique idea lets you create any pattern you like for a truly one-of-a-kind look.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Measure the Backsplash, and Break the China

Measure the dimensions of the backsplash. Using a large sheet of paper or cardboard, transfer the measurements to the paper, then use scissors to cut a template. Set the template in place and tweak it until it fits the backsplash area perfectly.

Use the tile snips to break off even-sized pieces of the china plates and cups.

Step 2: Create a Pattern

Lay the template on the floor or other large horizontal surface.

Create a pattern by arranging the ceramic pieces on the template. When you've laid out a pattern to your liking, you're ready to put your china on the wall.

Step 3: Affix the Pieces, and Prepare the Grout

Place pieces at least 1/4" apart and affix with tile glue according to the manufacturer's specifications.

Wait 24 hours for the glue to dry before beginning to grout. Prepare the grout according to the manufacturer's instructions. Using a cement mixer, mix the grout until it is the consistency of pancake batter.

Step 4: Spread the Grout

Use a rubber grout float to spread the grout over the china pieces.

Wait 15 minutes, then remove excess grout with a damp sponge before it hardens too much. Allow the grout to set firmly according to the manufacturer's instructions.

When all of the grout has been wiped off, polish the china pieces with a dry towel to remove the powdery film.