Ideas Magazine asked us if we could make something pretty for their Handmade Christmas edition, and so I scoured my Pinterest pages for ideas. I saw this gorgeous little floral frame mirror from Anthropology earlier this year and immediately fell in love with it. When I saw it again in my DIY project ideas folder, I knew it was the ideal project for the magazine! It’s the perfect gift for a special friend or something that you can make to adorn your home this festive season.
How complicated: easy
How long: 5 hours
Make A Gorgeous Floral Frame Mirror
You will need:
- Round mirror with fixing bracket at the back (we got ours from Mr Price Home)
- Cardboard circle, about 2cm smaller than the mirror’s edge, and some Prestik
- 1 roll craft metal
- Spray adhesive
- Flowers and leaves template
- Spray paint (we used Krylon Color Master in Rose Gold)
- Embossing tool
- Wood glue
Create a double layer of craft metal by fixing two layers together with the spray adhesive. Allow to dry.
Roughly cut the flowers and leaves from the template, leaving some space around the shapes. Then trace the shapes onto the craft metal using a pen. Use the same shapes several times – we cut out about 20 flower shapes, seven branches and five leaves.
Cut out the traced shapes on the metal sheet using a pair of scissors. Take care not to cut yourself on the sharp edges!
Fix the cardboard to the centre of the mirror with some Prestik. Then place all the metal shapes and the mirror on a covered surface, and spray with the spray paint. Allow to dry before finishing with a second coat.
When the flowers are dry, use the embossing tool to shape the petals gently. Play around with bending the petals up or down to find the flower look you want.
Arrange all the flowers and branches on the mirror. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, fix everything onto the mirror with the wood glue. Allow to dry overnight.