How to Make a Mosaic Lamp

Turn a boring old lamp into a work of art with mosaic.
Re-use broken pieces of tile and other materials to make a mosiac lamp.Re-use broken pieces of tile and other materials to make a mosiac lamp.
In the ancient art of mosaic, tiles -- or sometimes shards -- are placed on a surface and held permanently in place with cement. You can use tiles purchased in colors that coordinate with your decor, or use broken pieces of china, tile or colored glass for an "upcycle" project. There's no need to mix messy cement for this small-scale mosaic project.

Step 1

Lay out your design on graph paper, if you plan to use square tiles to make a specific design. This is unnecessary if you're using shards, as the shapes of the pieces will determine the layout as you go.

Step 2

Spread a layer of glue or mixed epoxy adhesive to the back of each tile and place the tiles or shards, one at a time, on the lamp base. Use your graph paper design as a guide, if applicable. Leave 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch between tiles or shards.

Step 3

Allow the lamp to dry over night once all of the tiles have been applied.

Step 4

Mix the grout as directed. Apply it to the lamp base over the tile or shards using a putty knife so that the spaces between all of the pieces are evenly filled. Wipe the putty knife clean and use it to scrape the excess grout from the surfaces of the tiles or shards.

Step 5

Allow the grout to dry for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe the surface several times with a damp sponge to remove the excess grout on the tiles or shards until they're clean. Buff the tiles with a microfiber cloth to shine them.

Step 6

Let the mosaic tiles and grout dry for about two days before using the lamp.

Things You Will Need

  • Old lamp base
  • Craft glue or epoxy adhesive
  • Small ceramic tiles or shards
  • Grout
  • Putty knife
  • Sponge
  • Microfiber cloth

About the Author

Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," Celebrations.com and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.