Alright y’all. I need to come clean about something. On my little ol’ blog, there is one post that is by far more popular than any others… it is part one to a mosaic cinder block planter tutorial. It was written in August of 2010- yup, 2010, the same year my daughter was born. By the way, she just turned four. Some how I just never got to the part two, life just happened and part two didn’t. Until now. I finally, and I do mean finally, have the part two of this awesome tutorial for you! And after seeing how cute this thing came out, I can’t believe I didn’t just finish it 4 years ago!
Not surprisingly, I had to restart this process because I didn’t have the cinder blocks I started 4 years ago. So I picked up some tile, broke it and attached it to my cinder blocks with liquid nails. Then I let that dry.
After that I mixed up the grout, really I just had this stuff on hand and it worked great.
I mixed it in small batches and did it a couple of blocks at a time. I had picked up one large sponge and cut it into smaller pieces so that I had more to work with, worked great!
After you let it set for a bit, I did a couple of blocks and then went back and cleaned a couple of blocks, wipe it down with the sponge getting most of the grout off the tiles. It takes some work and totally seems like it is going to fail at one point but it ends up great. There will still be a little haze left on the tile and that is fine.
Once they are all grouted and you wipe the initial bit off, you can let them set for an hour or so and then gently go back with a towel or other scrap fabric and wipe off the haze from the tile. Then you are done!
At this point, I took all the pieces to the front yard and arranged them in the small area next to my front door. The wood chips were already there so I just moved them out of the way and set up my blocks. All that I had to do from there was fill in the holes with soil and flowers. For the pieces that have an open hole that doesn’t land on another block (on the sides on the top) I just cut a piece of wood and put it in at an angle to hold the soil in the block. The ones that poke out in the middle row are small enough that when I lined it with weed block fabric, it held the soil in and the larger flowers.
Once it was all set up and filled in with soil, I placed all my flowers and smoothed out the wood chips, I am so happy with how it came out!
Have you ever procrastinated on a project?