Finally, an Excuse to Throw Some Dishes: DIY Ombre Mosaic Picture Frames

Did you know that I am a mosaicist? Yes, it’s true. There was a time when I was obsessed with making mosaics out of pretty much anything. It’s very soothing to puzzle all those pieces together (especially after you’ve broken them apart!). So I’m really good at making mosaics, but if you’re new to it, these frames are a great place to start. Using a couple of plates in the same color family gives the project a modern ombre twist.

Clinton Kelly Ombre Mosaic Picture Frames

Ombre Mosaic Picture Frames

You will need

  • picture frame

  • white craft paint

  • 2-4 salad plates or tea saucers in the same color family
  • hammer

  • safety goggles

  • heavy duty plastic zip-top bags

  • mosaic tile adhesive

  • mosaic tile grout (white)

  • grout spreader tool

  • sponge


  • Remove glass and back from frame and paint with white craft paint.
  • Carefully break plates into pieces by sealing them inside heavy-duty zip-top bags and smashing them with the hammer. Be sure to protect your eyes with safety goggles and handle the broken pieces gently so you don’t injure yourself.

  • On a flat surface, place the tiles on top of the frame to decide where they should go, arranging them from darkest to lightest. Then lift each one up and adhere it to the frame with the tile adhesive. Allow to dry.
  • Using the grout tool, spread the grout to fill in the gaps between the pieces. Follow instructions on grout container for removing excess grout and drying times.

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