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What Surfaces Can You Mosaic On?


A mosaic is a pattern of irregularly shaped pieces that are all assembled together to cover a surface. Mosaics can be made from thousands of small pieces that spell out different pictures or shapes, but they do not have any discernible pattern. This wonderful art form can be added to dull spaces, but what surfaces can you add mosaics to? We've done the research and have the best information for you!

Mosaic can be added to almost any non-moving surface that will not expand or contract excessively with temperature differences. The area must be clean and free of loose paint, wallpaper or other debris that could make the surface uneven. The type of surface you choose will change the type of adhesive used to hold the mosaic in place and whether the finished project is outdoors or indoors.

Now that you know that mosaics can adhere to any non-moving surface, let's talk about the most popular mosaic bases and the best adhesives to use for each. We'll also discuss some other questions you may have. Read on!

Recycled Glass Mosaic

Recycled Glass Mosaic

What surfaces can you mosaic on?


Creating a mosaic on a styrofoam surface is a great project if you're looking to make something three-dimensional. Sometimes this can be tricky because a lot of strong adhesives will eat into the styrofoam and dissolve it, decreasing the life of your creation. If you're planning on something outdoors, apply wire mesh around the project, and then apply a layer of cement as your base.

Many use styrofoam to make decorative gazing balls or garden balls, a fun, simple project to undertake.


Cement is a popular surface as it is used as the base for many showers with tiles, so it is a natural way to fix mosaics. Because it is so strong, cement is a great base for outdoor mosaics. Making mosaic stepping stones is an excellent use of cement and mosaic to add a splash of colour to any walkway. Always use a cement-based adhesive suitable for outdoor use, or lay the tiles directly on the cement when wet.

Wanda Mandarin Hotel Xishuangbanna

Wanda Mandarin Hotel Xishuangbanna


Glass can create a gorgeous surface for mosaics, but adhering these pieces can be difficult. Glass on glass is particularly hard. Make sure the surface is clean and well prepared before attempting this type of mosaic. Sometimes, clear silicone can create air bubbles. Make sure it is pressed down well and have a wooden skewer available to deal with any errant air bubbles.

Many lamps and wall sconces are made from mosaics with a glass backing. In addition, many lovely vases are made from mosaic. If you like to be adventurous, give it a try.

Pixel Art

Pixel Art


The wooden bases of mosaics are best suited to indoor projects. Wood expands and contracts slightly with temperature, so it is best to keep it in a temperature-controlled environment. The best type of adhesive for attaching mosaics is a silicone-based adhesive, as this type of adhesive is somewhat flexible and can be handled with slight variations in the size of the wood. The wood does need to be primed or sealed before starting the inlay.

Red terracotta

Surfaces made of terracotta are tough and weather resistant, although they expand and contract a little more than cement; sealing the base first helps some of the material to move.

As most planters are made from terracotta, please consider making your own bespoke mosaic terracotta planter.


Metal backgrounds can create a solid base. However, before installing mosaic blocks, the metal surface needs to be sanded or scrubbed to give it some grip. Metal also does not hold a lot of weight, so keep this in mind when planning your project. The best adhesive for metal mosaics is a two-part epoxy.

What do I grout my mosaic with?

To grout a mosaic project you can use either cement based or epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is preferred as it can withstand more temperature changes than standard cement-based grout and is resistant to staining. Epoxy grout can withstand a wide range of conditions, so it really is the best choice.

In the past 10 years, Longart integrating contemporary design with traditional techniques, we have created a series of constructive and warm architectural and environmental artworks for clients with strong space art requirements all over the world. Today you can still feel the charm of these works when you are in the midst of these projects.

If you are interested in our products or want to learn more about their specifications, material, and prices, please email us directly at export@longart.cc.com. We are more than happy to answer your questions.

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