March 20, 2010
My husband and I took a trip to Wal-Mart last week to buy a a few necessity items and spend far too much money. We always do at Wal-Mart. We were wasting some time walking up and down the aisles when I spied something I've wanted for a while, but had always unintentionally left it off my list. A full-length mirror. It's important to see how one's butt looks in a certain pair of jeans before heading out the door. No sooner had we got home and put away the milk and laid the mirror on the bed to hang up, than my husband leans on the bed, and shatters the middle of the mirror.
I thought, "Great...what am I going to do with this?" Always one to turn trash into something useful and being one with a need to design on a dime, I figured I would use it as a decor piece. Note: I did take step-by-step pictures of the process, however; the memory chip yelled at me to be formatted and it erased all my pictures. YUCK! It was an easy enough project that I'll be able to explain it.
First, I spray painted the mirror black. It was white and also plastic. I took two sheets of patterned paper, cut a half inch off each and glued them on either end of the mirror. I used Zip-Dry, but I'm sure Mod Podge would work just as well. I then took two sheets of cardstock, cut a half inch off each of those and glued those in the middle. I glued ribbon to the inside edge of the patterned paper just to separate them from the cardstock. I grabbed some vinyl and cut 2" letters from the Lyrical Letters cartridge on my Cricut. I printed 6 pictures, matted them in black cardstock, added a few embellishments and voila! Transformation! I plan on re-doing my bedroom in cream and black so this will fit in there quite nicely. It was definitely a quick project that only got interrupted three times by the baby waking up to feed. I wouldn't recommend breaking the mirror before making it was only $5, so really inexpensive to do!