Animal Mirrors

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I saw these absolutely adorable little cork board bear mirrors on Hellobee.com a few weeks ago and I thought they were so cute, and I wanted them. So I thought I’d have a go at making my own, with hardboard instead of cork for a little colour. Which meant me + a jigsaw + total disregard for safety = probable disaster, and I had a few visions of it going horribly wrong and either sawing off a finger or part of my kitchen worktops (yep, I did it on my kitchen worktop. M-O-R-O-N). But thankfully they turned out pretty okay! I don’t think they’re quite as nice as the cork ones, but Amelie seems to think they’re the best thing ever.

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You will need:

  • hardboard
  • 20cm circular mirrors (I got these mirror plates)
  • Jigsaw or small hacksaw
  • sandpaper
  • acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge/varnish
  • glue gun
  • picture hangers

1. Find a plate that is about an inch bigger than your mirror. Draw around it onto the front of the hardboard (the photo shows the back… this was take 1!) – I found it easiest to do it along the edge of the board to make cutting easier. Add two ears. For this, I made a template on paper first to ensure my ears were symettrical.

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2. Use a small hacksaw (or jigsaw – if you’re able to do this safely!) to carefully cut the shape out from the front of the hardboard. If you have a clamp, use that to hold it still on the edge of an old worksurface. I don’t have one so I used my hand to weight it down.

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3. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges.

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4. Paint each plate to resemble your animals. I went for a grey bunny, orange fox and black and white panda. You can leave the centres as these will obviously have mirrors in them. Leave to dry.

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5. Add a couple of coats of varnish to add shine and seal the paint.

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6. Add a good amount of glue to the back of the mirror and quickly place it on top of the animal frame, centrally.

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7. Finally, flip the mirrors over and glue on picture hangers onto the backs.

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You would not believe the faff I went to to get these pictures – photographing mirrors is ducking hard. I was contorting at all angles to avoid getting my flabby tummy or frowny face in the shot, and I gave up on trying to clear all the crap in Amelie’s room that was reflecting in the mirrors!

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