Christmas Mirror Art

I am thrilled to be here today and share in the magic of Home for the Holidays with some wonderful bloggers.

For those of you that are new here,

I am Angie,

and this is my first year joining these amazing women.

So hopefully you will find me to fit right in.

Home for the Holidays

Yesterday, Christina from The Frugal Homemaker, showed us how to make a beautiful Christmas Grapevine and Evergreen Wreath .

 

**Today I am going to show you how to create

Christmas Mirror Art out of an old frame.**

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As I was going through my mile high pile of Christmas catalogs

I came across my inspiration

from Pottery Barn,

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and thought,

I can totally do that!

So… that means you can too!

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First,

you need a frame with glass.

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My mom gave this one to me, but you can find frames with glass at Goodwill and thrift stores for next to nothing.

 

Using a Silhouette Cameo
program I used different fonts to create a design.

I came up with this little saying:

“Find Me Under The Mistletoe”.

 

If you don’t have a Silhouette machine, do not worry.

Letters can be hand cut, like I did for my Subway Art Dresser.

 

Once your design is created,

it is very important to create a mirror image before cutting the vinyl.

Get a mirror image by

highlighting the words.

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and right clicking.

You will see this.

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Highlight and click Flip Horizontally.

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Immediately the words selected will be in mirror image.

Now the letters are ready to cut.

 

Next, grab the frame and clean the glass.

 

Most frames come with backing paper or cardboard.

Use this as a guide for letter placement by

drawing lines on this paper/cardboard where you would like the

lettering to appear on the glass.

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Place the glass over the paper making sure the glass and lines are straight.

This is an important step as you don’t want crooked lettering.

Apply letters to the glass.

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Once letters are in place,

look at your work and make sure all letters are straight.

Then place the glass back down and press the letters firmly against the glass.

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Remove fingerprints and clean carefully around the edge of the glass.

 

Using a spray bottle, with a fine mist,

spray water on the glass.

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Apply Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint following instructions on back of can by spraying over the water droplets.

Apply several light coats.

In between coats, spray more water.

Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

Blotting the water droplets after spraying lifts up the paint and creates open spaces on the glass.

This helps to achieve the mercury glass effect.

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After the spray paint dries,

apply black spray paint over the entire surface.

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Once dry, carefully remove the letters.

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It should look like this.

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You can already see the reflection of the mirror (my light fixture overhead).

Now, turn it over

and

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spray the back of the glass again, so the entire back is black and covering up the letters.

You could paint a different color – I was thinking gold leaf would be amazing too.

Once dry, the mirror is done!

Here is a close up of the glass.

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On to the frame

I painted Primer Red by Annie Sloan.

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Then rubbed the surface with a damp cloth once the paint dried.

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I wanted the black and gold to come through with distressing.

Lastly, clear wax was applied.

Place the glass in the frame and, there you have it,

a piece of

Christmas Holiday Art.

The total cost for this project was

$12.00.

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Now I better run and hang the mistletoe!

🙂

Are you creating fun, homemade projects this year for the holidays?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Check back tomorrow and head on over to Christa at Brown Sugar Toast to see what Home for the Holidays creation she came up with.

I can’t wait!

 

Enjoy!

Angie

 

****This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links so you can view the products used in this project. If you purchase, I do receive a small percentage of your purchase.***

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Comments

  1. Beautiful, Angie!!! I love finding inspiration from beautiful stores like Pottery Barn too! Awesome job!

  2. Angie, I love this! Wow; your mirror looks fabulous! I just ordered a Silhouette Cameo, so I’m excited to see your idea! I’m on my way to pin this! Thanks for sharing a great tutorial!

    • Angie says:

      Thanks Betsy! I need to purchase a Silhouette Cameo too. My friend, Terri, is so sweet to let me borrow hers. Thanks for pinning – you’re the best! 🙂

  3. I love how this turned out, Angie! The spray mirror is so fun to work with. (I seriously need to get a Silhouette.)

    • Angie says:

      Thanks Miss Charming! I seriously need to get a Silhouette too! My sweet friend, Terri, lets me borrow hers.

  4. Anne Boykin says:

    Hi Angie, Wow, that is an incredible mirror! Thanks for the how-to and happy holidays!

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