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.
You will need:
- 20cm circular mirrors (I got these mirror plates)
- Jigsaw or small hacksaw
- 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.
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.
3. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges.
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.
5. Add a couple of coats of varnish to add shine and seal the paint.
6. Add a good amount of glue to the back of the mirror and quickly place it on top of the animal frame, centrally.
7. Finally, flip the mirrors over and glue on picture hangers onto the backs.
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!