Monday, December 9, 2013

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror

 
Our room was in need of some DIYing and a more feminine touch {it’s mostly black and white, modern and clean, but it needed a little me added to it} So I headed over to my Pintrest page to my “For the Home” board of DIY projects I would love to complete, but just end up sitting there forever waiting, and waiting for me to get around to. I landed on this fun, cheap, and easy mirror made from the tops of plastic spoons.
Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
What you will need:
  • A LOT of plastic spoons
  • Hot glue
  • Round mirror {mine’s 3”}
  • Cardboard
  • Spray paint, any color you want the sunburst to be {I chose Satin White}
  • Hook to hang it {I used a soda tab}
Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
First, cut the base of the mirror out of a large cardboard box. I used my dog’s water bowl, as it looked like a good size for my mirror.

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver

Next, you need to break the handles off of all your spoons. I actually needed to put on a pair of gloves, since it felt like I was going to get blisters from the spoon snapping back at me. That really helped! 

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
I drew a circle 2” wider in diameter than my mirror in the center of my cardboard. This way I know where I should stop gluing my spoons.

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
Now comes the fun part, gluing all the spoons to the cardboard. Start from the outside of the circle and glue around and around, until you reach the center where you traced for your mirror to be placed. When you finish the outer circle and are starting the next layer, stagger the spoon petals so that they are layered between two spoons.

 Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
For the last layer of spoons, I actually glued the spoons to the back of the mirror.

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
I took my sunburst outside to be spray-painted. This step is totally not necessary, but I wanted my sunburst to look less like cheap shiny plastic, and give them a more matte {expensive} finished look. I used a satin finish, off-white spray paint from Krylon, and sprayed two coats of paint.

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
I sprayed the mirror with its one layer of spoons separately. I first covered the mirror with a sheet of paper the same size as it, and taped it in place to protect the mirror from the paint.

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
Once both pieces were completely dry, I glued the mirror center to the rest of the sunburst.

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
Last, I needed to find a small hook that I could glue to the back {since you can’t nail into cardboard!} I was stumped as to what I was going to use for this! Then, as I was drinking a can of seltzer, I decided to use the can’s tab! GENIUS! Voila, we have a hook! Just glue the soda can tab to the backside of the cardboard, leaving the top of the tab hanging off to hang from a nail.

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver
I am so happy I finally completed one of my Pintrest projects that have been sitting there for forever!  Next stop, back to the Pintrest board.

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver

Upcycled Plastic Spoon Sunburst Mirror~ The Dreams Weaver



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