This is a DIY lantern I made using a ceramic tea light holder, broken mirror glass, black grout and super glue.
I’d say the weirdest part of this DIY was to smash the glass. I used an old mirror with thin glass and smashed it in a plastic bag with a hammer against concrete flooring. The glass shards get super sharp and you’ll have to pick out the larger ones from millions of smaller bits, so be very careful If you decide to try this!
When I finally had a satisfying amount of glass pieces I glued them onto this ceramic tea light holder that I bought at a thrift store. I used super glue for this.
I let the glue dry for a couple of days before adding the black grout. I used regular black tile grout and mixed it with water in a small plastic bowl. I find that the grout sticks the best when the mass is smooth, just on the verge of being runny.
I’ve been making lanterns using grout before (check out my beach glass lantern and my seed beads lanterns) and have learnt that you get the best result if you are generous with the grout when you spread it out over the surface.
I let the grout dry for about 20 minutes, and then I started to smooth it out with a wet kitchen sponge. Adding water to the surface helps the grout harden and cleans off the mirror glass.
After this step I let the grout dry for about a day.
I then added the outer layer of grout. This was a bit harder to get on, I had to repeat the following steps a couple of times to cover the entire surface.
I looked really cool once finished though!