Scarecrow TV Tray
Designed by: Angela Curtis
2 lbs White or Bone Sanded Grout
1 pkg. each of red, orange, yellow, beige, mocha and dark brown 3/8” Venetian Tile
1 pkg. each of honey and beige 3/4” Venetian Tile
STEP 1: GET READY
Cover work area with newspaper. Collect all supplies needed for the project. Place them on your work surface. Photocopy the pattern. Apply paint or spray paint to tray and let dry.(optional, we used brown paint)
STEP 2: NIPPING GLASS
Place a sturdy piece of cardboard down on your work surface. Center your pattern on the cardboard. Use the pattern to lay out your glass. Begin by placing the beige pieces on the face of the scarecrow, continue until the entire pattern has been covered. Use nippers to cut glass pieces to fit the design. Use photo as a guide. Leave approximately 1/8” between the glass pieces.
STEP 3: CONTACT PAPER YOUR DESIGN IN PLACE
Cut a piece of clear contact paper the size of your design, remove the paperback. Center contact paper over your mosaic design, lower it on top of the cut pieces. Press down firmly from center to edge. Ensure all pieces are stuck to the contact paper. Place another piece of cardboard on top. Keep the cardboard held to the design flip it over. Your design will be adhered to the contact paper with the bottom of the design facing up.
STEP 4: ADHERING THE DESIGN
Apply adhesive to the surface of the tray, approximately 1/8” thick. Lift the design adhered to the contact paper carefully. Place the glass side on the adhesive. Press down on all pieces once again; to ensure that all are seated into the adhesive. Gently pulling at a 45º angle, remove the contact paper. If a piece tries to remain on the contact paper, gently tap it back into the adhesive. You can adjust pieces, if they have moved at this time. Let dry according to the manufacturers recommended time for the adhesive.
STEP 5: GROUT (PER EACH STONE)
Place 1 cup of grout into a mixing bowl and slowly add water 1 tablespoon at a time. Mix with craft stick or spoon until the grout reaches “fudge-like” consistency. If it is too watery, add more dry grout in small amounts until the consistency is correct. Wearing a disposable glove; spread the grout into all the nooks and crannies between the tiles. Wait about 15 minutes for grout to set. Begin to gently wipe away the excess grout using a damp sponge, taking care not to pull grout out of spaces. Use your finger to smooth the grout around the outer edge of the stone. It is important to remove grout from the tile surface before it is completely dry. Using the soft cloth, buff the tile to a clean shine. Allow to dry completely for 24 hours.