Pac Man / Pacman Mosaic Table Cover




Introduction: Pac Man / Pacman Mosaic Table Cover

Hello everyone!

This will be my instructible for the second table cover I'm making..

This time I'm making PACMAN !

It's great for making a new table, covering an old one or applying this technique to something defferent than a table.
You can turn it into a new table or make it the size that fits your table.

this is my first instructible if you need more details:
Hardware you will need:
-Sealant gun
-Utility knife
-Small 3Wood saw
-Small hammer (1-0.5 pound)
-Measuring tape
-2 Tubes of white silicone sealant (That's what I've used - you can use the clear type)
-Black spray paint
-20 Small wood nails (1" lenght)
-24" * 52" Plywood (0.5" thick)
-4 stripes of plywood for the frame 2 x (52" * 1") and 2 x (24" * 1")  ( both about 0.5" thick)
-0.8" Glass mosaic stones - ~1519 Black ~24 White ~226 Blue ~126 Red ~145 Yellow - Total of 2040 stones.
** I don't know the prices for these materials in the US but I paid about 70$ for the mosaic stones, 20$ for the plywood and already had the sealant, nails and spray.
** You can use different kinds of materials to glue the stones - plastic glue, mosaic adhesive or other types of glues.
** Yellow and red stones are more expensive than other colors.
** It is not recomended to use MDF instead of plywood because of its weight and poor water resistance.

Step 1: Modifying the Image for the Mosaic and Printing

In this project, I just drew the pixels and printed them, unlike my last mosaic project where I took a full resolution image and turned it into a mosiac design.

If you want to make your own image please go to my 1st ible':

I attached my design for pacman to this step.

Step 2: Making the Frame

This part is easy-
Place the plywood "strips" you made for your frame on each side of the large plywood sheet and use the saw to cut it to create a full frame.
I placed it in the exact middle so it sticks out from both ways so when I lay the mosaic stones I can use the frame as a support and when I'm done the down part helps to stabilize the cover on the table.
I used 5 nails on each side, when the frame is ready - spray paint the frame black (Or whatever color you chose for your background).
I'm sorry about the angle of the photos - I couldnt find a way to rotate them after I uploaded them.

Step 3:

This is the most relaxing part, it took me about 6 hours - straight - this time with some food but no breaks!
A few tips-
*Consider that the sizes of the stones are not always accurate - start with the part with the more important details - in that case if you don't have enough place left for the last row/column it's not such a big deal.
*Start with one of the bottom corners and use them as support for the stones.
*Try to avoid using too much sealant - it will cause the sealant to come out to the surface and you will have to spend time cleaning it later.
*Try to avoid pressing the stones too hard against the plywood - for the same reason.
*Make sure stones are straight all the time (not tilting sideways).
*Make sure stones are always exactly above the stones beneath them (to avoid shifting).
*Keep your hands clean from sealant so it won't cover the stones when touched.
*Always look at the printed page, you can mark your place every few rows.
*It is recommended to do the job in an open place or properly ventilated to avoid inhaling the sealant fumes.

Step 4: Last Tips

When you are done, allow your mosaic dry outside for a day.
Use the utility knife and clean the dry sealant leftovers from between the stones.
Good Luck!
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10 Discussions


This is a great idea, I really like the look of that tile. I would be concerned about the massive effort to clean it all the time, how do you think this would work with a clear resin top coat for a smooth surface?


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Thank you!

I think it's a very good idea and I would have done it myself if the clear resin top coating wasn't so expensive here...

a wet towel does the job for me but it would be a lot easier if it was a smooth surface...


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

I'm thinking about using some baking crystals they use to make suncatchers to do the design. I've got a grid that can pump out 1/4" squares already, so I might do something a bit more hi-res like 16-bit Street Fighter or something. If I can get it going, I'll post you a pic.


6 years ago on Introduction

Pacman sprites, IMHO, is always an elegant design to make stuff with. This looks beautiful :)