How to make a decorative mirror

September 7, 2012, 9:51 am Yahoo!7


Make a mirror with a flower design that is made out of none other than egg cartons.


Gather your supplies

  • 12-cup egg cartons (you’ll need 5 cartons to make a small mirror or 12 to make a large mirror)
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Mirror tile or small mirror (frame removed)
  • 3mm MDF
  • Notes:

    Cut MDF 6cm longer and wider than mirror if you want a single row of roses, or 16cm longer and wider if you want a double row.

    Here's How

    • Step 1: Make a mirror with a flower design that is made out of none other than egg cartons.
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      Step 2: Cut 1 slit into each corner of 1 cup (to make 4 slits). Cut each piece into a petal shape. Repeat with another cup, to create second layer of rose. Repeat with a third cup, but cut petals a little smaller, then roll so petals curve and make a bud shape.
    • Step 3: Hot glue the 3 layers together, offsetting middle layer so petals sit in spaces between petals of bottom layer. Finish with layer of smaller petals. Repeat process until you’ve made enough roses to completely surround mirror. Spray roses with white paint, if desired. Leave to dry.
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      Step 4: Measure and mark 3cm in across top and down side from 1 corner of MDF. Rule a line to join marks and saw off triangle. Repeat for all corners. Position mirror in centre of MDF, trace around, then remove.
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      Step 5: Drill 2 pairs of holes in frame above mirror position. Thread through picture hanging wire and secure. Paint MDF border with black paint and allow to dry. Glue mirror in position.
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      Step 6: Starting at 1 corner, hot glue roses to frame, bending petals to fill in gaps if needed. Continue until frame is covered.

    You’ll also need

    Scissors; drill; handsaw; picture hanging wire; black acrylic paint; paintbrush; Selleys All Fix household adhesive; pencil; ruler; white enamel spray paint (optional)

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    1. Penny10:23am Sunday 19th January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

      Would love to make these flowers but these are the worse instructions for a diy project I have ever seen. Guess I'll find a different project.

    2. Angela03:34am Tuesday 31st December 2013 ESTReport Abuse

      Nice project but bad instructons

    3. B L12:25pm Friday 08th November 2013 ESTReport Abuse

      Sue Are the egg cartons gray cardboard or white Styrofoam?

    4. Amanda08:14pm Monday 02nd September 2013 ESTReport Abuse

      What is MDF??

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    5. Denise03:12pm Sunday 01st September 2013 ESTReport Abuse

      What does MSG stand for please thx

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    6. WALEED11:29am Saturday 17th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

      تلنلةرت ةرة ىرى

    7. ian10:14pm Monday 05th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

      is there any video on this where we can follow step by step?

    8. me04:15pm Monday 22nd July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

      MDF is a type of board used for backing. MDF stands for Medium-density fiberboard. Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure.[1] MDF is denser than plywood. It is made up of separated fibres, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much denser than particle board.

    9. Mz05:35am Monday 22nd July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

      I did not see an answer to what is MDF?

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    10. Luanna05:21pm Sunday 21st July 2013 ESTReport Abuse



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