Friday, September 3, 2010

Make A Marvelously Messy Munchkin Mosiac

Here's a super-dooper fun craft for you and your munchkin to try and a little history to go with it:  Mosiac art has been around for a 4,000 years!!!! The Greeks were truly the people who improved the craft by using pebbles to create shapes, animals, and people from a variety of colors. The Romans used the art to decorate their floors. The Byzantines took Mosiac art to new places.... specifically the ceilings and walls of their rooms with figurative shapes. And, in the Islamic world they mainly produced Mosiacs that lingered around geometric and mathematical designs.

As for the Munchkin and I....we stuck to what we had around the house. We used seashells collected from a vacation we took earlier in the summer. There were plenty of extra plastic beads around. Some rainbow colored glitter came in good use and some plastic shapes from an old crafting kit were useful as well. Really....just grab whatever you want and toss it on there. The sticky base we made was actually a papier mache-type mixture. Here are the ingredients:

 (to tint)
~Mix until only slightly runny and easy to spread on a flat piece of wood. 
~Place pieces onto the mixtures (once spread on it's surface) and wait for the fixture to dry completely.

The Munchkin had a *brilliant* idea to color the fixture mix with purple paint. This hadn't occured to me. I was going to be all boring and plain and just make it white....and I am so glad she was inspired. The purple background is one of my favorite parts about the mosiac. 

Munchkin also had this great idea to pour a whole bunch of glitter in one spot and then blow really hard on top of it, spreading the glitter in a starburst kind of pattern. I love it. 

Here are the blog parties I linked up to (check them'll be inspired!!!!)
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Get your craft on Thurs.


Punkin Seed Productions

The Girl Creative

Sumo Sweet Stuff
The DIY Show Off

Keeping It Simple
mmm button
All Thingz Related
Get Your Craft On Tuesday
Show and Tell Green


  1. I love this idea and so simple..I am going to forward your blog to a friend who has children who would LOVE doing this...I can't wait until my little one is old enough to try it too :)


  2. Munchkin is brilliant!! It is pretty, I like how it turned out!!

  3. Very pretty! Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

  4. Great craft idea to do with kids! Love it!!!

  5. Hi, Missy! Thanks for leaving me a sweet comment, had to come over and see what you are up to. I LOVE this idea! Making it with those simple ingredients is genius, and your turned out so pretty.

  6. This is a great idea. I'm sure the kids love to make a mess -err, I meant mosaic like that. :-) Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!

  7. The mosaic turned out fantastic. I really like the purple background. That's a great inexpensive project to do with kids.
    Thank you for joining me. Have a great week ;)

  8. I'm going to feature this over at Life As Lori! If you would like to stop by and grab my I was featured button please do so!

  9. this is lovely in every way! i am bookmarking so we can try it ourselves - I'll share on my pinterest site too, so others may also be so inspired!

  10. Very cute! What a fun project!

    Thanks for linking up last week for Friday Favorites!

  11. I love mosaics too, it is so easy and so creative!

  12. My daughter would love this...the messier the better!

  13. What a beautiful mosaic, and it looks so easy! I love that Munchkin came up with her own ideas of what to doand they worked out so well :)


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