How to Make a Mosaic with Your Old Plastic
November 24th, 2013
July 11th, 2014
Put old credit cards and such to new use by making a beautiful mosaic!
Leave a small amount of space in between each piece.
I started laying out pieces in the upper left-hand corner. Try to mix up colors and textures.
The beginning of a new year is a time for regrouping and reorganizing. So far, my husband and I have cleaned out the refrigerator, under the sink, and then I conquered the big doozy: my overstuffed wallet and bag. After I collected the loose change from the bottom of my bag and filed away the receipts, I noticed that I had an awful lot of old credit cards and expired insurance cards in there.
As I was cutting them up, I had a burst of creative inspiration: All these colorful squares of plastic would make lovely mosaic! I added a few old MetroCards, used gift cards (after the holidays we sure have a lot of those!), and even those fake credit cards that come in the mail. If you don’t have enough on your own, ask around: I’m sure lots of people you know have old plastic cards they don’t need anymore, but just don’t get tempted to use them!
What you’ll need:
- Wood frame or mirror (I used a cheap Ikea mirror I bought a while back)
- Paint and brush (you can use acrylic craft paint or even house paint)
- Plastic cards in assorted colors (for a 10×10 frame, I used 12 cards)
- Craft glue for wood and plastic such as Beacon Multi-Grip
- Sharp household scissors
1. Gather your collection of plastic. You can use old credit cards, gift cards, Starbucks cards, MetroCards (and other transportation cards), and expired health insurance cards.
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