Gift Idea: Make A Pretty Floral Frame Mirror

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.

Anthropology metal flower mirror

 

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
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint (we used Krylon Color Master in Rose Gold)
  • Embossing tool
  • Wood glue

 

STEP 1:

craft metal and spray adhesive

Create a double layer of craft metal by fixing two layers together with the spray adhesive. Allow to dry.

 

STEP 2:

craft metal and paper flower templates

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.

 

STEP 3:

craft metal and thread cutters

Cut out the traced shapes on the metal sheet using a pair of scissors. Take care not to cut yourself on the sharp edges!

 

STEP 4:

craft metal and mirror spray paint

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.

 

STEP 5:

craft metal flowers

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.

 

STEP 6:

craft metal flowers on mirror

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.

Make your own diamond tufted headboard

Ideas Magazine asked me to make this headboard for their gorgeous July/August issue, and when you get the chance to make something beautiful, you have to grab the opportunity! This is not my first headboard, and it’s certainly not my last! I love headboards. Aside from providing a beautiful focal point in your room, they are super practical – especially if you like reading in bed. This one looks fantastic and costs much less than the store-bought version. And don’t be afraid to tackle this project – it is surprisingly easy to make!

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Remember to get your copy of Ideas!

 

 

Here’s how to make your very own diamond tufted headboard!

To make a ¾ bed headboard, you will need:

  • Wooden base for the headboard – we used 1mx1mx19mm strand board
  • 5m fabric (we used charcoal linen)
  • 1m batting
  • 18x 22m coverable buttons
  • Thick thread (we used crochet thread)
  • Mattress needle
  • Staple gun & staples
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1mx1mx75mm thick foam
  • 1x Pine PAR 22x44mm x 2.4m batten, cut into 2x 1.2m lengths
  • 4x 3mmx32mm chipboard screws
  • 1m cotton lining

You will also need:

  • Headboard Template
  • Carpenter’s Pencil
  • Marker
  • Jigsaw
  • 22mm hole saw drill bit
  • Electric Carving Knife
  • Drill with 3mm wood drill bit
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring Tape
  • Straight Edge

STEP 1:

chipboard and jigsaw

Use the template to cut the curve at the top of the wooden base. Then give the edges a quick sanding to make sure that there aren’t any rough areas.

 

STEP 2:

foam and grid

Draw a grid of 10x20cm on both the foam and the wooden base. Then carefully mark the position of the buttons using the marker.

 

STEP 3:

drill and foam

Use the hole saw drill bit to cut the holes into the foam only. Place a piece of sacrificial wood underneath to protect your work surface!

 

STEP 4:

chipboard, foam and spray glue

Fix the foam to the wooden base using the spray adhesive. Ensure that everything is perfectly straight and allow to dry.

 

STEP 5:

chipboard foam saw

Using the curved edge of the wooden base as a guide, cut the foam to the same shape with the electric carving knife.

 

STEP 6:

foam drill

Placing the 3mm drill in the middle of each foam hole, drill a hole through the wooden base. This is where each button will be threaded through.

 

STEP 7:

headboard back

Cover the foam with the batting, securing it at the back with the staple gun. Then cut away any excess batting afterwards.

 

STEP 8:

foam scissors

Cut a small cross into the batting where it covers each foam hole. You should be able to easily see the small hole in the wood once you’ve done this.

 

STEP 9:

fabric batting

Lay the fabric over the batting, making sure that the centre of the fabric is in the centre of the headboard.

 

STEP 10:

covering buttons

Cover the buttons with fabric and attach a 40cm piece of thread to each button. Make a double knot at the back to make sure that they’re secure. A 2-litre milk bottle cap makes the perfect fabric template for a 22mm button!

 

STEP 11:

headboard buttons

Using the mattress needle, thread the buttons through the fabric, batting, foam and wood. It is easiest to do this if you place the headboard upright on the floor so that you can catch the needle at the back.

 

STEP 12:

staple gun screw driver

Wind the thread at the back around a screwdriver and pull until you’re happy with the depth of the button on the front of the headboard. Then use the staple gun to secure the thread by stapling it to the wood in a zig-zag pattern.

 

STEP 13:

pleat pinch

Tuck the pleats between the buttons as you go, making sure that they’re all facing in the same direction. Once all the buttons are in place, use the staple gun to secure the edges of the fabric at the back.

 

STEP 14:

headboard legs

Measure the height of the bed and secure the legs to the back of the headboard accordingly. Ideally, the lower edge of the upholstery should sit just above the top of the mattress.

 

STEP 15:

headboard backing

Staple the cotton lining to the back to finish off your headboard, tucking in the edges.

I hope you love your headboard as much as I love mine!