Published on May 23rd, 2014 | by Kristen Swain1
Making Spoon Mirrors… Home Decor for Less
These spoon mirrors were all the rage about a year ago. Basically you buy some plastic spoons, glue them to a cardboard piece, paint them and put a mirror on. Not hard to do right? And, you can wow people with your new mirror that ‘can’t be made with plastic spoons?’ so I wanted to try. Honestly, it was harder than it looked. BUT, I think it’s still a doable project, and I have two of these ‘kewl’ mirrors in my house – “kewl’ because the minion’s friends think that these are pretty neat looking projects.
When I set out to make these spoon mirrors. I wanted to find the mirrors first. I didn’t think it would be that hard to find them. It’s wasn’t terribly hard, but I had to go to the craft store to find the round one, the square was easy to find at Walmart. I spent about $4 for each mirror.
First, I went to the dollar store, and bought bags of spoons. I think you will need about 4 bags for each mirror. I ended up buying a mix of white and clear. Doesn’t matter since you will be spray painting them.
Use a pair of clippers to clip the spoon handle off, I clipped it right at a joint spot on the spoon. Do this a million thousand times. No, it will just feel like that many. Place your spoon into a bag or something to keep them contained. I tossed the handles, but you could be more creative than me and make something with them. I’m sure now that I recycled them, I will need a thousand to make a really cool craft. Because life is ironic like that.
Create your background. I used some pizza boxes that were clean, and cut around using a compass stretched out as big as I could. You could tie string to a push pin and a pencil and make a bigger mirror.
Trace around the outside edge of your mirror. You need to know at what point to stop layering on the spoons.
I have a mix of photos from both square and round mirrors. Begin working on the outside edge. Try to line your spoons to the same spots, using hot glue to adhere them. The hard part, when you do your next row, place your spoon between the first row spoons, so they are overlapping.
You may have to fudge the spacing a bit to get around the corners. But try to make sure that all the corners match.
Go around and around with the round frame. I didn’t worry too much about gaps, because when I spray painted, I made sure I got the cardboard too, so the color wouldn’t stand out.
Spray paint your piece, then paint several more times to get a solid amount of color.
To finish, use some silicone glue (I used a lot – almost a whole tube of clear) to glue down the mirror. Put some weights on the mirror – and let it dry for about a week if you can.
It makes a lovely floral looking frame, and you can make it any color you like.
My square mirror is almost the same. I used an antique gold to go well in another room.