Make a beautiful Mosaic Picture Frame Tray in just a few easy steps. First, hit the dollar store, thrift store, or search around your home for a few colorful ceramic plates (chipped or broken plates are even better) and a picture frame to make this gorgeous serving tray!
I’ve had this frame for a while now. It’s just been sitting in the basement waiting for a purpose. I rarely pass up old wood picture frames when I find them at yard sales or thrift stores, especially one with depth and character like this one!
Check out the easy tutorial below to learn how to make your own mosaic picture frame tray. And if you’d like to see how this beautiful gem emerged, check out the video below.
DIY Mosaic Picture Frame Tray
- Paint (I’m using Rust-Oleum Chalked Spray Paint in Linen White)
- A paintbrush (if needed)
- A wood picture frame
- Small nails (sometimes called finishing or picture frame nails)
- Two cabinet handles
- Wood panel or craft plywood (for the bottom)
- Colorful ceramic dishes (I found mine at Dollar Tree)
- Tools: Safety glasses, a hammer, a screw driver, a drill and a small putty knife
- A ruler and a pencil (to line up and mark the holes for the handle)
- An old towel or cloth (to break glass under)
- A sponge and a bucket of fresh water (to remove excess grout from the ceramic pieces)
- A soft cotton cloth (to clean mosaic)
- Tile grout
- Craft glue
- Spray sealer (optional)
How to make a Mosaic Picture Frame Tray
To start, remove the backing, glass, and hardware from your picture frame. Then, cut a wood board or craft plywood to size and secure it to the back of the picture frame using small nails or screws to make a bottom for your tray.
Paint your picture frame tray front and back. Below is the spray paint I used.
Recommended: Add a protective sealer to your freshly painted frame to protect the finish! Use a clear coat sealer like Polyurethane, Polycrylic or a Lacquer. Most are available in brush-on form or a spray and come in matte, semi-gloss, or gloss finishes.
Attach the handles to your frame. Depending on the type of frame you choose, drill holes and attach handles to the top or sides.
How to Break Ceramic Plates
The best way I found to break plates is to cover them (front and back) with a thick towel. Simply fold a towel in half and place your plate in-between. Use a hammer to break the plate into small pieces. You can also use a handheld tile cutter. Wear safety glasses when breaking or cutting glass!
Check out the Video above for more details on how to make this beautiful tray!
Note: Throw out any curved or thick pieces from the rim of the plate. Use flat pieces to avoid curves and dips on your tray’s surface.
How to Glue the Mosaic Pieces
Spread an even layer of craft glue over the surface of your tray.
Next, begin arranging ceramic pieces like a puzzle. Leave 1/4 to 1/2-inch space between pieces and remember to leave space around the edges. Please be careful handling broken ceramic pieces–they are sharp!
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How to Grout Your Mosaic Tray
With the craft glue dry, it’s time to grout. I’m using a pre-mixed tile grout that you can find at any hardware store. If you have a powder grout, prepare it according to the instructions.
Smooth the grout over your ceramic pieces using a putty knife. Make sure to push enough grout between the tiles and don’t worry if you get a build-up in the corners, you can remove that with your putty knife at the end.
Before letting your tray dry completely, remove excess grout from the surface with a small damp sponge. Make sure to wring as much water out of your sponge as possible and change the water out as needed.
Important: Don’t dump the water down the sink. Take it outside as it may clog the pipes.
Use a soft cloth to polish each mosaic piece before letting the grout dry for 24-hours. Apply a sealer if needed to protect your new tray.
I love how this tray came out with pops of blue surrounded by crisp white edges! Here’s another photo of the finished tray.
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