One of my project categories is “hanging and wall decor.” I’m not sure why, but I get a much deeper sense of satisfaction making something for that space vs something that sits on a table.
I think I’ve learned after 40 years of being a messy creative, that creating more surface clutter isn’t doing me any good.
So, for this project, I decided to make a frame for a simple dollar store mirror.
Speaking of mirrors.....
Ok. Back to the project - I ended up searching online for inspiration since the only idea I had was to use the mirror, so far.
Howebver, I love the challenge of coming up with an idea on the spot - some forced creativity.
When you have adhd, like me - ideas are an all-the-time experience.
I had my idea for this project after looking at mirrors like these:
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
Cheap mirror from the dollar store or here is one on amazon
Piece of large cardboard
I also used
An exacto knife
Gel super glue
Wire for hanging
Trace your mirror onto your piece of cardboard
Draw another line half inch inside your mirror lines.
Cut with your exacto knife along all four of the inside lines, cutting out a rectangle.
Draw another four lines 3-4 inches out to make the frame and cut that out using the exacto knife.
Make sure your mirror fits inside the inner rectangle.
Draw the flourish designs on the frame and erase any lines that aren’t the designs.
Go over your flourish designs with your glue gun and glue
Paint a coat of white gesso over your frame and dried flourishes.
Use gel super glue to close up the edges of your cardboard
Tarp off an area to spray paint your frame
Spray paint an even coat onto your frame
Rub some distress ink along the glue embossing.
Coat with some type of acrylic varnish.
Glue along the edges of the inside rectangle on the backside of the frame
Set your mirror so that it lays onto the glue edges facing out.:
Apply pressure until it dries
Attach hardware for hanging and you’re done!
Luckily mine ended up not being too heavy because my picture hanging abilities are quite lacking.
I think using glue gun designs is a fun way to give something an embossed look. My head is swimming with thrift store furniture ideas using this technique.
What else? What else could we faux emboss?
Links to the mirrors that inspired me in order:
Round mirror page removed
You can purchase some of the supplies I used on Amazon