Blessings Mosaic Tiled Crate

Blessings Mosaic Tiled Crate

Posted by DecoArt on Aug 18th 2014

You make the tiles for the crate yourself with sculpting clay and Americana® Acrylics.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • 3/4" flat brush
    • hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • sea sponge
    • 220-grit sandpaper
    • craft knife
    • mosaic tray
    • wooden rectangular crate
    • Sculpey® polymer clay in White
    • Sculpey® polymer clay in Pearl
    • Sculpey® Alphabet Stamper
    • clay conditioning machine, rolling pin, or acrylic rod
    • cornstarch (optional)
    • 3-in-1 Glue
    • clean cloth
    • craft only baking sheet
    • decorative rubber stamp



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Condition the white Sculpey clay and roll it out using a clay conditioning machine, rolling pin, or acrylic rod.
    2. Place the clay on a flat work surface and stamp it with a decorative rubber stamp. (If you think clay is sticky, sprinkle it first with some cornstarch.)
    3. Cut random-sized strips in the clay with a craft knife. Place on a craft-only baking sheet. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for pearl Sculpey clay. Use an alphabet stamp to stamp inspirational words of your choice into the clay. Use a craft knife to cut clay into strips.
    4. Bake the clay strips in the oven, following the manufacturer's instructions. Let the clay pieces cool (10-12 minutes).
    5. Once the tiles are cooled, use a 3/4" flat brush to basecoat white clay pieces Desert Turquoise, Indian Turquoise, Sour Apple, and Burnt Orange. Set them aside to dry.
    6. Use the 3/4" flat brush to coat the entire mosaic tray with Burnt Umber. As the tray is drying, wash the brush with soap and water. After the mosaic tray is dry (15-20 minutes), lightly sand and wipe it off with a clean cloth.
    7. Using the 3/4" flat brush, basecoat the outside walls of the mosaic tray with Americana Matte Decou-Page. Rinse brush.
    8. Use the 3/4" flat brush to coat each white clay piece with Burnt Umber. Wipe off the majority of the paint, leaving Burnt Umber in the crevices to create a worn, distressed look.
    9. Repeat step 8 on the pearl clay tiles with stamped words. Allow all clay tile pieces to dry.
    10. Adhere each clay tile to the tray with a dollop of adhesive.
    11. After the paint is completely dry, use a 3/4" flat brush to apply two coats of Decou-Page to seal the mosaic tray, allowing to dry between coats.
    12. Use the 3/4" flat brush to paint entire outside of the crate Burnt Orange and the inside, Indian Turquoise.
    13. Use a sea sponge dipped half in Burnt Orange and half in Burnt Umber and pounce all over Burnt Orange areas.
    14. Repeat on the inside of the crate, using Indian Turquoise and Burnt Umber.
    15. Use hot glue to attach the tray to the crate.