Living a sustainable lifestyle is all about getting creative and doing things yourself. On Tuesday the Taino Organic Farm crew combined the two and learned how to make a recycled mosaic sign!

Taino Organic Farm's new DIY mosaic sign! Made from colorful  recycled pieces of sea glass and ceramics.

Taino Organic Farm’s new DIY mosaic sign! Made from recycled materials.

How to Make a Recycled Mosaic Sign Step 1: Collect materials.

You will need:

-Colorful tiles. This is a great opportunity to recycle! You can collect pieces of broken glass from the street, sea glass from the beach, pieces of a broken mirror or that favorite broken mug you just can’t seem to let go of.

-Cement or grout.

-Hand shovel.

-Wood or picture frames to use as a mold.

-Plastic bags.

-Water.

-Sandpaper.

Colorful pieces of sea glass from a beach in Puerto Plata.

Pieces of sea glass from a beach in Puerto Plata.

How to Make a Recycled Mosaic Sign Step 2: Lay out the design you want for your sign. The Taino Organic Farm volunteers each made a letter for the “Taino” sign. Keep in mind the cement in between the pieces may alter the shape/size of your design a bit.

Karin designing the letter "O" in a recycled picture frame.

Karin designing the letter “O” in a recycled picture frame.

How to Make a Recycled Mosaic Sign Step 3: Mix together the water and cement/grout. The texture should be thick but spreadable (for minimal effort sanding you want to make the top as smooth as possible whilst still thick enough that it won’t take forever to dry).

Selin and Peyton getting ready to combine the water and cement to pour into the frames.

Selin and Peyton getting ready to combine the water and cement to pour into the frames.

How to Make a Recycled Mosaic Sign Step 4: Pour the cement into individual frames and let sit for 1.5-2 hours.

Selin and Peyton pouring a cement mixture into the frames to set.

Selin and Peyton pouring a cement mixture into the frames to set.

How to Make a Recycled Mosaic Sign Step 5: Gently push tiles into the cement, embedding fully. Use a damp sponge to remove any residue on the tops and smooth out any cracking in the cement.

How to Make a Recycled Mosaic Sign Step 6: Let dry overnight and then admire your new Recycled Mosaic Sign!

Peyton and Karin designing letters for the sign together.

Peyton and Karin designing letters for the sign together.

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