No-Nip Mosaic Designs

By  Chandra Agostini  for  Diamond Tech

size: 4"

  • No-Nip Mosaic Designs


  • Diamond Tech: Classico Mini Tile Mix; Classico Mini Shimmers Iridized Glass Tile Mix
  • MDF or pressed wood coasters: 4” round, two; 4”x4”, one
  • Assorted ribbon, 3/16” wide
  • Copper wire, 14-gauge


  • Diamond Tech Jennifer’s Mosaics: White Grout
  • Contact paper
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: heavy-duty or mosaic glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

  • ruler, scissors, latex gloves, paper towels, newspaper or kraft paper, measuring cup, disposable cup, sponge, soft cloth

Pattern - No-Nip Mosaic Designs

  • 1. Sort tiles into color piles. For each ornament, use 80-100 tiles.
  • 2. Print out pattern to use as guide when arranging design. Arrange tiles on printed pattern.
  • 3. Cut 5"x5" square of contact paper. Peel backing; apply sticky side down onto mosaic pattern. Reposition tiles on contact paper if needed. Turn mosaic pattern over on work surface. Apply small amount of adhesive to each tile; adhere onto ornament base leaving 1/8" space between tiles.
  • 4. Repeat Steps 1-3 for additional ornaments. Let ornaments set overnight. Remove contact paper.
  • 5. Follow manufacturer's instructions to mix 1/3 cup white grout + small amount of water to peanut butter consistency. With gloved hand, smooth grout over tiles filling in spaces. Use gloved hand to remove as much grout as possible from tiles. Let set 10 minutes.
  • 6. Dampen sponge and apply even pressure across coaster suface to remove excess grout. Let ornaments set overnight.
  • 7. Buff ornament using soft cloth to remove grout haze.
  • 8. Wrap ribbon twice around perimeter of ornament. Adhere center of ribbon to ornament bottom using glue gun. Adhere ribbon lengths along both sides of ornament using glue gun; tie ends into bow at top.
  • 9. For hanger, cut 5" length of copper wire using wire cutters. Curl wire into "s"-shape using round-nose pliers. Insert hanger through knot on bow.
  • Tip
  • 1. Each pattern can be used on either a square or round base; simply adjust to fit surface.