Vintage Cake Pan Button Mosaic

I recently shared this vintage cake pan button mosaic project over at the Inspiration Cafe as a feature in the Junkin' Jewels series.

I love to create seasonal decor from thrift shop items.  Kitchen ware is always plentiful at the thrift shops, so many of my projects use items like these:  cookie cutters, jello molds, and cake pans.



Last week I re-purposed the Jello mold, the cookie cutter and the necklace heart HERE.

Last year I made an ice cube tray shadow box HERE.

Today, I am going to make a button heart mosaic in the Bake-King cake pan.  I have never made a mosaic of any kind!


Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
First I glued a row of white buttons around the edge of the heart pan with Elmers Probond Advanced Glue.

Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Then I started filling in the heart with red buttons of various sizes.

Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
This is my button mosaic before grouting.

Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I had a container of white non-sanded grout on hand that I mixed up without measuring.  I had read on the internet that the grout should be the consistency of peanut butter.

Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
 I put on a rubber glove and applied the grout with my gloved hand.

Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I smoothed the grout, and wiped off some of the grout with a wet sponge.  Then I let the grout set up up a bit before I continued removing the grout on the buttons.  This was probably the most time consuming part.  I used a wet sponge, several wet Q-tips and a bobby pin to scrape and wipe out the grout.

Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The finished mosaic looks like this.

Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I am displaying the mosaic on a plate stand in my kitchen.

Valentine's Day Cake Pan Button Mosaic www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The mosaic was actually kind of fun to make!






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8 comments:

  1. I love your piece of "art". What a great idea to use some old things & bring them back to life!

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  2. Beautiful idea, I totally love your mosaic vintage heart! I bet it looks great in your kitchen and perfect for the Valentine season. I love all the other kitchen vintage pieces, they remind me of my mom!
    FABBY

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  3. You are too much! I love the ice cube tray and the mosaic is amazing! I thought it looked good when you had just glued the buttons in. Way to go, it looks darling!

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  4. Very cool. I would never have thought to do that. I love craft projects like this one! I have a ton of buttons too!

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  5. I loved this post before - and I love it now! There is so much to think about and imagine here. I have been in a dozen thrift shops - no heart shaped pans yet.

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  6. Very cute! It looks sweet next to your old lunch box!

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  7. This was so fabulous! Thank you for sharing it at the Inspiration Cafe and I'm happy to see it again!

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  8. And it turned out lovely...............thanks for sharing, I also loved your little simple Ice cube tray

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