Create Using Common Household Items: Mosaic Canister

As most of the world is currently at home, many of us have turned to those things that “we will get to someday,” or “I would love to try sometime.”  Now that we have a little more time on our hands, it is a great opportunity to try something new.  I am going to dedicate the next few posts to easy projects you can complete using common household items.

This is a project I first did with my students in art class, but I loved it so much I have made some more as a way of showcasing my plants!

First, you will need a canister of any size.  I chose a coffee can.  Paint the canister a solid colour.  This will be the background of your mosaic.


Second, you will need boxboard.  I used a cereal box.


Next, decide how many colours you want to use in your mosaic.  I wanted yellow and blue, so I cut my box into two sheets.  I painted one sheet yellow, and the other blue.

Once the paint is dry, it is time to have fun cutting various shapes! I always like to have  a bit of a plan, so I decided to lay out my shapes on a table to figure out the pattern before gluing them to the canister.

Using a white glue, I fastened the boxboard shapes to the canister.   Then I used Modge Podge to finish the Mosaic.  This helps to secure the shapes, and it gives a gloss to the piece.  I just want to mention that this would not last in an outdoor setting.  You can enjoy it in your home!!

Mosaic Canister

Be creative with what you want to fill your canister with!  Have fun!

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