Mirror, mirror on the wall

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I am notorious for overthinking everything. Sometimes that is a good thing, at other times, like when decorating my home, it can be a real pain in the… well you know. Anyway, I’ve been on the hunt for a year to find a fun mirror to compliment an antique one I received from a family friend, but every time I found something, I overthought it and couldn’t commit. Until I found this fun DIY and realized that something handmade and cost effective would be the perfect fit. I suggest you give it a go; you may just love it, and if not, you can always use the magic mirror for advice!

What you’ll need:

  • Small mirror (size of your choice)
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic spoons
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Tape
  • Pen
  • String
  • Command™ picture mounts (optional)
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Spray paint (optional)

What to do:

  • First, you’ll have to do a little measuring. Measure the diameter of your mirror, then cut that number in half. Decide how wide you want the frame around your mirror to be and add the two numbers together. My mirror was 15” wide, so half the diameter would be 7.5” and I planned for a 4” frame. My final number was 11.5”.
  • Once you have your measurement, make a mark that far in on your cardboard. Next, tie your pen to the string and cut the string to the same measurement. Then place the end of your string on the mark and pull it taut, creating a makeshift compass with your pen to create a circle pattern. Cut out the circle from your cardboard. It doesn’t have to perfect, it will be hidden.
  • Glue your mirror onto the center of the cardboard circle.
  • Next, you’ll need to do some cutting, a lot of cutting actually. Cut the tops off of 200 or more plastic spoons (amount will vary with size).
  • Once you have tackled that you can get to gluing. Put a dollop of hot glue at the base of each spoon top and line them up side-by-side along the outer edge of your circle. Repeat this step by layering the spoons inward toward the mirror.
  • Once you get as close to the mirror as possible your last layer should be glued onto the surface of the mirror. Make sure the spoon tops you use for this layer are cut as cleanly as possible.
  • Finally, cover the exposed mirror with painters tape and spray paint your new frame any color you like. Let dry, then peel up the tape.

Voilà — a fabulous funky mirror that you can display in your home. Even better, you can apply Command™ Picture Hanging Strips to make it easy to hang and easy to remove, just in case you overthink it.


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Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Hauter is the Brand Manager at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. Iceman is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in creative advertising.