FINALLY! I have been very excited to share this project. It has been in the making for a while because I had to work out the kinks so that when YOU try to make it, you’ll be successful right away.
Here’s what you need to make it:
- - round mirror (I used a 10 inch because it was easy to find and the size wasn’t too overwhelming)
- - backing (I used a pizza pan from Wal-Mart for $1 as it was a solid base to work with)
- - wooden spoons (available in the shop) – the number you need will depend on how big your mirror is and how many rounds you want. I needed approximately 300 spoons
- - glue
- - paints for several rows of shaded spoons and an applicator (TIP: find a color you like and just add white to it each round to lighten it)
- - spray glaze
I think the instructions are pretty self-explanatory from a visual perspective. I started with the dark on the outside, but you could start with the light. Either way, start with the outside and paint those spoons first. Glue them to the backing. Then paint the next round of spoons and glue them on, staggering them between the first row. And so on for each round. (I chose to do light coat of paint and didn’t cover the spoons fully so that it would have an aged look.)
Remember when I said I had to work out the kinks? Here is what I figured out: this is not the best project for a hot glue gun. Use a strong glue such as E-6000. Next, don’t mount the mirror until you have all the spoons adhered to the backing. I initially overlapped the spoons on the front of the mirror and it looked very unfinished and, well, “spoony”. Before you put the mirror on, spray the whole thing spoon frame with a glossy glaze to give it a more finished look. The final step (before hanging) is to add the mirror. You may have to build up the backing in the front and center so that the mirror has something to adhere to in addition to the spoons for added durability. I just used a few spoons.
I found that the pizza pan was a great base as it is very sturdy, and if you are lucky enough, there may be a little hole you can use to hang the mirror. I had to put “command hooks” to the back and run string across to hang my mirror which worked out just fine.
This is the first piece for above the bed for the bedroom “face lift”. My daughter has requested one in blue for her room. And since the total project cost under $15, I think I may oblige!
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