@story and images CATHERINE FREDERICK
Pinterest® and I are going to be BF’s this summer. I am on creative overload from all of the DIY, and let’s face it, downright gorgeous craft ideas pinned to that website! I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous DIY mirror for quite some time. It’s inexpensive, (under $25), a cinch to make, and the finish has a huge WOW factor. Who would have ever guessed it’s made from plastic spoons?
(1) 18” mdf Wreath form (outer circle)
(1) 12” mdf Wreath form (inner circle)
(3) boxes of 100 count white plastic spoons (the cheaper the better)
(1) box of 48 count white plastic spoons (the cheap ones)
(2) bottles of acrylic paint in your choice of color (I use Folk Art® brand)
(1) bottle of white acrylic paint (I use Folk Art® brand)
(1) bottle of Martha Stewart craft paint- glitter (optional)
(1) 10” Circular mirror
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks (clear)
Scrap card stock
Krylon spray primer in white
Krylon indoor/outdoor satin paint (your choice of color, I used Satin Catalina Mist. It should be much lighter, but still compliment your base acrylic color)
Cut the heads off 300 spoons. Some will split and crack, that’s where the other 48 spoons come in handy! Make sure you carefully cut the spoons featured along the inner circle, as they are visible and reflected in the mirror. Sand the edges if needed. Keep 6-8 spoon handles- they hold the two wreath forms together.
Place all spoon heads upside down on newspaper and apply two coats of primer, let dry, then apply two coats of satin paint.
Place the 12” form inside the 18”, leaving the same amount of space on all sides. Apply a dot of hot glue to each end of the spoon handle, then press one end to the 12” ring and the other end to the 18” ring. Do this all the way around the ring so that the two forms are held together. It will resemble the steering wheel of a sailboat.
Cut up card stock, or any other heavy paper, and hot glue it to cover the gap between the inner and outer circle. This is the front of your mirror where you will begin gluing the spoons.
Apply two coats of primer to entire piece. Let dry. Apply two coats of satin. In hindsight, I should have painted the inside edge of the 12” form with my base acrylic color so it would match the inner layer of spoons.
Starting with the outermost edge and using the holes on the large form as a guide, glue a spoon head above each hole. I fit five spoons from circle to circle. Continue and complete the first ring. Glue the second layer by placing the spoons below and between the spoons in the first ring. Continue until you have completed 6 rings.
For the final ring, paint the backs of the spoons with the acrylic paint- they will be reflected in the mirror. Make sure that your final ring overlaps the 12” wreath form by about a ½”. The spoons in the final ring will be very close together, almost overlapping.
Once again, spray the entire form with two to three coats of primer, then apply two coats of the satin paint.
Starting with the inner circle, use the acrylic color of your choice and paint the spoon fronts. For the next ring, use the same amount of your base color and add small amount of white paint. Keep using the same amount of your base color, but increase the amount of white when moving from ring to ring to obtain the slow fade effect. Once the paint has dried, hot glue the mirror to the back of the 12” form.
Viola! Your masterpiece is complete. We took it a step further and added some bling by brushing Martha Stewart Glitter Craft Paint in antique silver onto each spoon. Let your imagination wild when selecting a color. This mirror would be gorgeous in any combination of colors.
Want to know what else I have my heart set on making this summer? Follow me on Pinterest (search CatFrederick or CLICK HERE) and take a peek! Did you make this mirror? Send me a photo: editors@AtUrbanMagazine.com.