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Pieces of you Mosaic; Pottery Barn Inspired Art

29 March 2010

I have whipped up a little pottery barn inspired art work tutorial for y'all.  As seen here:

See, while looking through my trusty catalog I saw this (below), and I loved the mosaic piece of art.  So, I set my trusty little mind to figuring out a way to make this for myself, and now you can too.  
( like my scrawl on the picture?... that is how I remember random ideas that float around in my brain...)

Collect your supplies:
Paper cutter
Scrapbook paper 
(in the colors of your decor)
(for background, in color of your choice, I used black)
Paper glue
Modge Podge
Piece of wood or Art canvas
(mdf or osb something inexpensive!  Have this cut to your desired dimensions, 
both Home Depot and Lowes will cut 4 x 8 foot boards down, 
or they sell smaller 2' x 4' pieces usually on an endcap..., 
I wanted mine to fill a larger space, so I did mine at 3' x 3')

There you have it.  An easy work of art that can be custom made to match any decor.
If you get the chance, please stop by Remodelaholic you will find tons of tutorials, just click on the image :

And many more!

Since featuring this project on Ucreate, I have had a great response and I wanted to show you one of the projects that was submitted to me.   Rose sent this, and she used 2 x 2 squares.  
It looks great, and I bet the larger size saved a lot of time!


alissa March 29, 2010 at 7:09 AM  

Beautiful! What a great project. It seems like it would be really relaxing to put all of those little squares of paper together. This is yet another project I am adding to my 'to do' list!

Anonymous,  March 29, 2010 at 7:48 AM  

Wow that is super awesome! I thought it was small glass tiles when I first saw the top photo lol. Looks very nice. Adding to my list of projects to work on :)

Jen March 29, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

Love it! I have already bought the paper for this project. Now if only I could get to Lowe's for the MDF! I'm going to make a mosiac to hang above my daughter's bed...and she's going to love helping me. :)

Anonymous,  March 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

I so wish my camera wasn't busted, because I used your tutorial too!! I am only about halfway finished. I actually have had an idea similar to this for a while based on a project we did in college. Anyway, your way of going around the edge first and then working your way in is genius! It really helped to make sure I had the spacing right. I cheated alot though....I cut all those little squares (I did mine 1 in x 1 in) with my silhouette machine (kinda like a cricut) which really saved some time. I also didn't paint my board first and I only used 5 shades of paper...blues to match my new living room re-do. This will ultimately end up over the fireplace. I just love it so much! Thanks!!!!!

Anonymous,  March 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

Oh and one more thing for your readers. I went to Home Depot and looked through the scraps at the back of the store. I found a warped piece but when they cut it to 3x3, the "warp" was cut away. I got my 3x3 foot board for 51 cents!

Denise and Nathan March 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

another project for my hubby to get excited about, right!! ha! I'm excited to try it!

Jennifer March 29, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

I saw this on Ucreate also and want to give it a shot. Using larger squares is a great idea and it looks great too. :)

Jericho March 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

How helpful and creative! So glad you shared what you know with us. Can't wait to start a project of my own!


Jenny @ Anything Pretty March 30, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

Oh wow....this is definitely going on my project to-do list. I love how yours turned out!

Jaime March 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

OMG! I love it! This would be perfect in our bedroom! Thank you thank you thank you! Definitely adding this to my list of things to do!

Struggler April 5, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

Lovely! I tried something similar once with paint chips - I decided it was too contemporary for the room, but it was a fun project. I love the small size squares you used.

Kaysi April 5, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

I love it!! I love this technique, I plan on doing it again very soon!

L~ @prim4Him April 5, 2010 at 11:03 AM  


I did a PB inspired pc too!

After seeing yours, I need to try harder! :)
You've raised the bar for sure!!!!

Sarah April 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

I loved it! Thanks for sharing! I have a great interview with a savvy blogger on my blog right now with great tips on how to help your blog grow. Come check it out http://bloggerchixdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/04/aprils-featured-interview-april.html

Pati @ A Crafty Escape April 5, 2010 at 3:05 PM  

Love this idea!!! Adding to my "to do" list right now! Thanks for the inspiration!

P.S. I like yours better than the PB one :)

Meg April 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

This is incredible! What a fabulous idea! You, ma'am are a genius!

Ann @ makethebestofthings April 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

This is beautiful and the exact color scheme of my bedroom. I HAVE to try this and soon! Love your cleverness and creativity! I painted my pillows to match my bed,(and wrote a blog post about it) so making this mosaic out of paper is right up my alley.

Amy Bowman April 6, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

I just love this idea, and I love the colors you choose.
I want to make one with black, silver, white and grey!
Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"
ps. your handwriting is so pretty I thought it was part of the magazine article:)

Allison Shops April 6, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

Nice job! Much lighter weight than using real tiles too. Be sure to drop by AtticMag this week for our Giveaway!


Brandy April 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

So wonderful! I found you on Blogger Chix Desings TAIT. I am now following.


Jennifer Juniper April 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

I have a bunch of paint chips I've been saving for this very project :) Now, do you have a tutorial on how to find the time?

Marianne April 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM  

It is a lovely piece and seing others doing it differently makes me want to try to make one too.
Found you at Anti-Procrastinating Tuesday.

Lanie Ree April 8, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

Ooh, mosaics are so pretty. I love the colors you chose! It looks really, really good.

Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts

Room to Inspire April 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM  

What a great project for us DIYers! I love it when you can find something you love and create it yourself - and for a fraction of the cost! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired this week!


Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence April 8, 2010 at 5:24 PM  

Wow, this is really fantastic! Did you dream of little squares! Thanks for linking up!

Queen of Dreamsz April 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

Oh this is great! I love it..thanks for the tut on making it. ♥

I'm visiting today from your link at Somewhat Simple for Strut Your Stuff Thursday.

I hope you will drop by my place to see my fabric flower designs. ♥

Have a wonderful Spring day...

Stephanie ♥

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden April 11, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

That is very cool. Was it frustrating getting all of the one inch pieces to fit? 36 x 36 is a LOT of pieces!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

The DIY Show Off April 11, 2010 at 6:03 PM  

Have I told you lately that I think you're amazing?! ;) Great tutorial and beautiful artwork. Thanks for linking to the DIY Project Parade...sorry I'm late but I'm so glad to catch up!


Anonymous,  April 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

I love this! I think it would be great over a fireplace mantle

Lori April 12, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

Great tut! I did something like this using paint chips for my daughter's room..

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

Brittany April 14, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

What a fabulous idea! I am totally going to do this! Thanks for sharing your secret ;)

Heidi July 26, 2010 at 8:16 AM  

That looks amazing!! I think it's just what I've been looking for and can't wait to try my own - I love, love, love the colors you chose!

Popp'n over from your YHL headboard tutorial, I'm sure I'll be back!

Nancy January 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome idea. I LOVE mosaic tiles and have wanted them forever! But I didn't want to invest in my home since I know I'll be moving in a couple years and renting it out. However, this project will let me have the effect and it's completely portable. I just finished mine and posted about it here:

Lil Mama Stuart May 6, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

came from TDC and love this! How long would you say it took you? I imagine my hands covered in glue and paper stuck all over!

Tanya Anurag May 18, 2011 at 10:44 PM  

WOW... it is amazing to see how you used paper cuttings to give that look and feel.. inexpensive yet beautiful!!

Got to hear about your blog via Thrifty Decor Chick and I am glad she shared this post.

And hey... I am your 6000th Follower :) Way to go!!

christina June 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

I was wondering what your reason is for starting from the edges and working in as opposed to working from the center out. I think the end result is amazing but I fear that the center point might be messy.

Remodelaholic June 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM  

Christina- I started from the outside to make sure that all the pieces were aligned and fit in the space. I didn't want to get to the edge and have half a row of "tiles". It also helped to keep the lines straight by starting on the straight edges. Believe me, with this many tiny pieces it will not be straight when you get to the outside if you start from the inside. When gluing down pieces if you ever start getting off you know immediately because you have the up rows and down to guide exactly where the next row needs to line up, hard to explain, but it worked perfectly. Also, Because there are little spaces in between the tiles if you started from the center inevitably, the spacing would get off.

The little paper tiles are not all perfectly spaced (they are not even all exactly the same size), but that just adds to the beauty.

Anonymous,  July 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM  

Thank you for sharing your tutorial! I just completed one myself after coming across your blog, which I believe was especially meant to be, since we're decorating in the same colors. Love the combo of turquoise and red, and your piece looks lovely in the room.

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