- empty cans (soup, tomatoes, etc.)
- small, smooth, thin beach stones
- tile adhesive
- tile grout
- tool for applying adhesive and grout (we used popsicle sticks)
- sponge and cheesecloth for cleaning according to grout directions
Apply a layer of adhesive. The instructions said “thin”. Never having done tiling work before, I did it too thin and the project started out causing some panic and frustration. After a thicker application on everyone’s cans things really got fun.
Sorry…. no photos of the next steps in progress. I was a little busy!
We were all surprised by the consistency of the grout. We expected it to be less dry. (But I followed the mixing directions precisely and they emphasized not adding more water.) Anyway, because it was fairly dry the kids did need some help to pack it in and smooth it. Later, I realized we didn’t need to work quite as hard on getting it smooth because the first sponge cleaning (following the directions on the grout package) really smoothed the grout too.
The boys each have one of these cans on their desks. Now… to make myself one…. I’m thinking of large tomato juice cans as utensil holders for the kitchen.