Watch the recording online and create your mosaic along with Valerie from Pittsburgh Glass Center.
Class details, materials, and link to purchase kids under that video.
Learn how to assemble small pieces of glass to make a holiday or winter-themed mosaic to hang as an ornament, display as decoration, use as a unique coaster, or give as a gift!
Pittsburgh Glass Center Program Director Valerie Bundy will guide you through the process from beginning to end as you create your custom glass artwork.
What is a Mosaic? Mosaics are made using colorful small tiles made of glass, stone, or other materials like stones, pebbles, shells, mirrors, and other found objects like bottle caps held together with an adhesive.
Registration for the virtual class is FREE.
Materials Option 1
Purchase a complete Kit from Pittsburgh Glass Center ($35)The experts at PGC have put together a comprehensive holiday-themed mosaic kit with everything you need to create your stunning winter ornament. We highly recommend this option. Kits cost $35, can be mailed, or picked up in-person. The link to purchase will also be in your registration confirmation email.
Materials Option 2
Make your own Kit (Free)
Below is the list of materials that you will need to follow along:
- Small tiles: This can be anything such as small pieces of glass or ceramics like a broken plate or other materials like stones, pebbles, shells, mirrors, or other found objects like bottle caps, marbles, small tiles, beads, legos, etc. Be creative and use anything around the house that you can glue to your base.
- Tray and Craft Stick: Safety first! Never dig through sharp materials with your hands. It is easier to find and sort your pieces if they are in a shallow tray or plate. Use a craft stick, a pencil, the handle of a spoon, etc. to search for the pieces you want to use.
- Base: The item you will make your mosaic on. This can be something like a picture frame, glass bottle, mason jar, small piece of wood, ceramic tile, yogurt cup, flower pot, or a stepping stone. It can be anything but usually something hard and flat. Get creative with the things you can find around your house!
- Adhesive: How you attach your mosaic to your base. This can be Elmer’s Glue (spread with a paintbrush) or a silicon-based adhesive. We recommend Clear DAP Alex Plus All Purpose Caulk available at Home Depot. TIP: Elmer’s Glue can be used on flat surfaces. If choosing a 3D base like a bottle, silicone must be used.
- Grout: This is a cement-like mixture used to fill the gaps between and unite the mosaic pieces. It helps it to be more durable. We recommend Polyblend Non-Sanded Grout or Polyblend Sanded Grout available at Home Depot. You may also choose not to use grout on your mosaic.
- A spreading tool like a rubber spatula, craft stick, or plastic knife to spread grout
- Newspaper, sponge, or rag to scrape off excess grout