How to Make a Simple Pebble Mosaic in 6 Steps

 How to Make a Simple Pebble Mosaic in 6 Steps

Stone mosaics are a beautiful addition to any garden, whether they serve as a focal point, a border for a path, a perimeter for another feature such as a birdbath or pond, or a large area of paving to break up.

It can add a unique, personal touch of magic to an otherwise unremarkable plot. Although I am by no means an expert, I created this simple circular design very easily in just a few days. Getting the right content locally and online is not difficult and there is plenty of advice available.
I was inspired by a wonderful book by Maggie Howarth, who knows a thing or two about this topic!

This article will teach you everything you need to know about making pebble stone mosaics, including:

Design
Location
Materials
Preparation
And more!

1. Decide on Your Mosaic Location

It is located in a mosaic paving area devoid of heavy traffic and has been designed accordingly.
If you want to create your own mosaic in the driveway, you will need a more sturdy construction.

2. Design Your Pebble Stone Mosaic

After choosing your space, sketch out some ideas and think about what materials could be used to achieve the desired effect. You may already have materials you want to incorporate into the design – leftover quarry tiles or roofing shingles.

Changing the size and color of the content will make it more interesting. It can be an abstract pattern or a favorite shape. A small drawing will be very helpful as you can draw larger stones to measure and calculate how many you will need.

The simplest designs can be the most effective – the interest comes from the textures and colors of the pebbles.

3. Materials I Used for My Mosaic

50-60 large white pebbles (about 8 cm)
Cut from dark slate for the frame
Small white stones
Small gold stones
Large black sun skimmers
Quicksand
Construction sand
Builds
1m diameter steel collar (or any other edge)
Gardening gloves
A straight piece of wood for cutting gravel
Spirit level
Old brush
Solid bricks/scrap and stone chips

4. Prepare to Make Your Art!

First, you need to choose the right place for the mosaic. You will need sufficient depth to accommodate the gravel and 10-15cm of cut stone or path stone.

Once you choose a site, dig it down to the soil surface.
Your gravel will need a solid edge to lean on. It can be slab, stone, brick or concrete. Use a spirit level to get everything in straight. I chose a 20cm deep steel hoop because I knew someone who could make me a hoop and it was a great solution.
Once the edges are installed, insert about 10cm of the partitions and place them down to create a compact base, filling any gaps with sand. Then add a dry mix of four parts sand to one part cement, leaving plenty of room for larger stones.
You can just use sand for this layer - it will be less hard but will allow better drainage. Wear gloves when working with cement as it burns the skin, and make sure you have a waterproof cover in place in case you fall.

5. Place the Stones

Create your own design and place the largest or darkest stones first. In this case, white pebble and slate fragments around the edge and black skimmer stone. Use an old plate to mark the center circle.

Two important tips to ensure you create a strong and successful mosaic:
Most of each stone should be below the surface with only the top edge visible.
It is important that there is a strong connection between the stones because they support each other.

Once the larger stones are in place, level the surface around them with a drier sand/cement mix to bring the smaller stones to the proper height for bedding.

6. Add the Finishing Touches

Once all the stones are laid and you are happy with the results, make a dry mix of 3 parts fine sand and 1 part cement.
Add it to the mosaic making sure to clean it well in all spaces.
You should then soak it in water and leave it covered for three weeks.

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