It’s about that time of year to stock up on the Kit Kats and the Hershey Miniatures. Whatever candy you decide to hand out to trick-or-treaters this Halloween, you can do it in your own personalized mosaic treat bowl.

Mosaics are one of those crafts that anyone can do and that also have endless possibilities. Because you can use nearly any piece of old memorabilia or recycled object, this craft can become a keepsake of memories. It also keeps otherwise unwanted and broken objects out of the landfill and becomes functional art.

Find a bowl in a size that you like. I used a cake bowl because it had a nice flat base to work on. Paint the bowl with two coats of black acrylic paint. While your bowl is drying, gather your mosaic materials. When people think of mosaics, they often think of broken glass and tiles. You can get creative and add your own personality by including a variety of uncommon objects to keep your mosaic interesting, such as as broken jewelry, buttons, hardware and game pieces. After your bowl has dried, apply a thick, even layer of premixed grout where you will place your mosaic pieces.

Working fairly quickly so that your grout does not harden, randomly select from your mosaic pieces and push them into the grout. Try to leave a consistent amount of space between the pieces. The randomness of the process is what makes this project calming. There is no pre-planning. Your focus is on picking pieces to fit in the empty spaces as you work to fill the layer of your grout. If you don’t like the placement of a piece, you can easily remove the piece, even out the grout and select another piece. Concentrating on the “puzzle” of the mosaic makes your brain focus on the task and helps you forget any other worries to allow for a relaxed state of mind.

Once your mosaic looks finished, you can embellish the bowl with paint or metallic markers. I made a polka dot border along the rim of the bowl with a silver sharpie marker. Allow the piece to set for 24 hours. You can apply a sealant as a final coat over the mosaic to make it water and weather resistant. Now it is all ready for the peanut butter cups!

  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Bowl
  • Premixed white grout
  • Sealant
  • Silver sharpie marker
  • Mosaic pieces such as buttons, pebbles, metal washers, game pieces, broken jewelry

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