Mirrors really light up a room, don’t they? They lend a touch of elegance and space to any area, any room, any time. Even if you have a large, beautiful mirror don’t you sometimes get tired of it? Of course, most of us can’t throw out the old and bring in the new, on a whim – that would cost way too much money – but that doesn’t mean we can’t have something different any time we want! Take a large, round mirror for example. A piece like that would be costly to throw out and replace, and who would want to, especially if they knew they could change the look of it whenever they desired.
Have you ever seen or used glue dots or glue strips? They are a marvelous invention. They make craft and decor projects so much easier because you don’t have to wait on the adhesive to dry, there’s no mess, and you don’t have to purchase separate adhesives for each material you glue. But by far, the best thing about the unique glue is that it’s not permanent. You can remove the dots or strips, from any surface, any time you want. The adhesive shapes are available at craft stores, department stores and even home improvement retailers. They’re not too expensive and they will make it easy for you to change the look of your round mirror in no time!
The designs you can make on your round mirror are truly limitless. There are so many things you can use to encircle the mirror, and with the glue dots or strips, the designs will take only minutes to make. And, each design you create can be used again and again – for many years. Make sets of mirror embellishments and create a holiday mirror, a rustic look or even a patriotic arrangement. You can spend good money on the designs you create or you can make the new look for next to nothing – this craft is for any budget!
Make the mirror look rustic – and much more substantial – by purchasing small, bronze-look tiles at a home improvement store. The tiles are made to go behind your kitchen range but are perfect for creating an outline on the mirror. Affix a glue strip on the back of each, then position the tile on the edge of the mirror. Leave small spaces between each tile or butt them together. Turn the tiles to form diamond shapes or turn them another way to make bronze squares all the way around. Instead of tiles you can do something similar with small mirrors. The mirrors can be found at any craft store and come in a variety of sizes and shapes, like ovals, diamonds, circles and squares. The tile or mirror borders can be expensive but absolutely beautiful.
Thinking of a cheaper way to upgrade the mirror? Purchase wooden shapes, of hearts, lighthouses, or even pets, then paint them. Or, purchase them already painted at most craft stores. Use the adhesive dots to position the wooden shapes all the way around the mirror. Craft stores have a huge variety of these shapes which easily allow you to create Christmas themes, Easter themes, or even everyday designs.
The tiny glue dots allow you to make sparkly designs for little money. Purchase a bag of fake jewels and use the dots to affix them around the edges of the mirror. The jewels are sold at stores that sell jewelry-making supplies or ordinary craft stores. They’re available in many different sizes, shapes and colors.
Craft stores also sell tiny picture frames which are lightweight and look elegant. In reality, they’re plastic but molded in colors of gold or silver. These beautiful frames come in packages of two or three for a couple bucks and are available in several different shapes. Use the glue strips to create a photo display out of the mirror. Simply attach the pictures to the edges of the mirror, all the way around.
Make different sets, store them, then change the look of your mirror any time you want. The mirror doesn’t necessarily have to be round, though. If it has no frame it’s suitable for making interchangeable embellishments. Other things you can use to create different designs include Christmas cards, silk flowers, bows, cardstock, foil squares, cloth-covered cardboard, tiny toys, metal flashing shapes, old jewelry pieces, and much, much more.
The designs you make don’t absolutely have to surround the entire mirror. Use the glue dots or strips to mount one large object in the center of the mirror or one unique piece at the top, bottom and each side. You’ll love how easy it is to change the look of the mirror in minutes, and how easy it is to remove the old designs! Now back to other possible embellishments: buttons, gathered lace, bracelet charms, small pom-poms, fake fur…