Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mirror Make-Over, Upcycle, & Tutorial

Let me start by saying, this is sort of...a tutorial-light :) I've never done one before, and this was sort of a fly-by-my-seat project so I didn't know *what* was coming next. Do any of you ever start a project with one finished vision in mind and then...that's not how it ends? Well, that's pretty much how this went. The one thing I knew from the start was--whatever the end result--it was going to be mine! :)Over a year ago, I found a cute round mirror on clearance at Hobby Lobby (oh how I love that place). You can see in the close ups it has some flaws. But I knew I eventually wanted to embellish it, so I figured, hey why not?

So if you've seen my shop, my fanpage, previous posts...I have a 'thing' for making magazine bowls. It's actually pretty therapeutic. So I figured why not use the same spirals I make to create the bowl bases, to make a 'frame' for the mirror...only I didn't want to put them directly on the glass. I wanted it a bit larger, chunkier. So then...ended up with this nice, 12x12 piece of cardboard, and found some super bright and bold pages I'd saved up for a bowl...and voila! Mirror time.

So if you want to do this yourself, you're going to need bunches of magazine pages (conservatively, 50+ for what I did), sturdy cardboard, a glue stick, craft glue, glue gun, cardstock or scrapbook paper, an Exacto knife, and some sort of circle template. I got a fabulous pack of cardboard circle templates on clearance at--yes, Hobby Lobby--for get this--39 cents. I used a template slightly smaller than my mirror to trace onto the cardboard in order to disguise the scratches on the mirror.

Using the Exacto knife, I cut the circle out of the cardboard. Next, I used my cardstock to cover the hole. I used Aleene's craft glue--I LOVE this stuff. Gosh it's awesome. Okay so, I centered the cardstock over the hole, glued it down, and let it set while I rolled up my spirals.

Before they are rolled, they're folded and look like this:

You can fold them thinner, thicker, whatever your liking. I glue the flap down using the glue stick, and be sure to leave some openings on each end; these are the spaces we'll use to join each strip together. Mine are about an inch thick. The thinner they are, however, the more annoying they are to roll up...just a warning :) Then start rolling them up, and use a thin line of hot glue to secure them (it works best and sticks immediately, unlike the glue stick).

Okay then! So I have several spirals rolled up. I wanted them to vary slightly, so I rolled them up using 2, 3, and 4 strips. I wasn't sure how many I would need, so I rolled a few and started piecing them around the mirror. At this point, I cut the center of the yellow cardstock (the circle) from the cardboard to have my circle open and arranged my spirals around it until I found a way that worked. Here's a picture of some of my finished spirals.

Once the spirals are finished, use your trusty hot glue gun to glue them in place around the circle. Do yourself a favor, and save the mirror part for last. Get your spirals glued down, press firmly for a few seconds, make sure they're secure. After everything is glued down, flip it over and glue the mirror to the back side of the cardboard. Again, I used the hot glue gun for this as well. When everything is done, wait wait wait...and let it set a bit. It's going to be heavy. I weighed mine after it was done, 1 ounce shy of a pound. For a mirror that's roughly 6 inches, it's pretty heavy. To finish it off, I used the Exacto knife to cut around the general shape of the spirals. So here are some pictures of everything all finished, and to be honest--it's hard to photograph a mirror!

I really love the way it turned out, and hopefully I can finagle some better pictures at some point...perhaps once I determine where it's home will be :)

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  1. Shut up!!!!......Im never gonna throw away a magazine again. This would be so cute in my 10 yr olds room since she's obsessed with posters on the wall. Your good girl! xoxoxo

  2. Why have I not seen this magazine roll thing before?! So unique, eclectic, and recycled goodness too, love it!

  3. I love these...

    {I bought a holder from Marshalls in this style...when I totally could make my own}...

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday...

  4. this is ah-mazing! love it.

    what a great idea.

  5. this is just the coolest thing. I love it!!

  6. This is such a fun makeover! I love it! I hope you'll drop by and link this up to my Sew Crafty Saturday linky party and giveaway!


  7. Ummm this is fantastic! It looks amazing! Thanks so much too for stopping by the RLM....I'm not sure where the shadow box came from...We received it as a gift...I believe it was from Ross or TJ Max...Hope that helps!


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