I have been a mirror making fool!
I have made ummm….4.
I have found two cool ways to make my own.
One is with a super cool spray called “Looking Glass”….
I found this really cute little frame and thought it would be an adorable mirror. I’m doing a gallery picture wall in my Family Room and want to mix in a mirror or two. This will be perfect.
Except it was glass, not a mirror.
So I sprayed the back of the glass with Looking Glass spray paint.
It takes several coats.
This spray paint does give it a mirror-like finish but not like a commercial one.
Isn’t it cool? I just love the effect.
The other way is one I saw at Sand & Sisal using charger plates.
You can find those everywhere! They’re fairly inexpensive at most places.
And I find one at the thrift store almost every time I go.
The round mirror blanks can be found at Michael’s or any other craft type store most likely.
I found some recently at Michael’s for 50% off (they are only like $5.00 full price, so that’s cheap!)
The silver ones came from Michael’s, the brown one from the thrift store.
And there’s that ugly metal bowl I transformed so beautifully here.
The first one I made came from Pier One.
It was on sale though!
I’m guessing I didn’t take a before picture…thought I did but I cannot find it!
Oh well, it was black. Plain ole black.
(I sprayed it with another shade of blue I had first to get in all the nooks and crannies good)
And then I painted it blue. Love these little sample pots of paint….
Since the paint is a matte finish, I sprayed a coat of Minwax Satin Polycrylic over it before I glued the mirror in.
Then I used my hot glue gun to glue the mirror into place.
All painted and done….but it needed a little pizzazz! So I chose to glue some glass beads on.
You can do anything here…any color, any type, etc!
I chose some clear ones with an iridescent coating.
How gorgeous is that!
And here is what you hang all of these up with….
So, I pulled out my stash of beads for the two silver charger plates I got from Michael’s.
I glued the mirrors in and then played with the beads a bit until I came up with a design I liked.
For this one I chose white iridescent glass beads,
turquoise-y blue and pink natural beads.
I got the white beads from the thrift store, super cheap,
and the others I had in my old jewelry making stash.
The last one I did came from the thrift store.
I just sprayed it with my beloved Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
After that was dry I rubbed a bit of gold over the edges with my fingers, just lightly.
Glued the mirror in and I was done!
And the beaded ones are just so much fun to do!
The possibilities are endless.
You could even cover the whole thing in the glass beads!
How gorgeous and unique would that be?
I might have to try that!
These make fantastic DIY Christmas gifts too!!
Simple, Inexpensive & Easy!
As a matter of fact, a couple of these ARE Christmas gifts.
Do you make homemade Christmas gifts for your loved ones?
I have for many years and it’s somewhat expected at this point!
Be sure to stop in later to see how I created the most budget friendly gallery wall with all this!
UPDATE!! See it now, here!!
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