My 3 Monsters: Dollar Store Sunburst Mirror

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4.01.2013

Dollar Store Sunburst Mirror

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In the course of my spring cleaning I reorganized my craft closet and found a project that I had begun a long time ago and then stashed away when inspiration fell short.  Several Christmases ago I took apart a bunch of clothespins and glued the two wooden pieces of each pin together back-to-back thinking that I would make some kind of snowflake ornament.  And that's where it ended.  I found all the clothespin pieces in a ziploc bag in the back of my closet and fresh inspiration struck.

I glued all of the back-to-back clothespin piece together to form a circle.  Once the glue was dry I gave it a couple coats of spray paint {Valspar's La Fonda Mirage in flat finish}.  I bought a little round mirror at the dollar store in the candle section and attached it to the center with hot glue.  Oodles and oodles of hot glue to make sure it stuck.

I liked it at that point, but it was a little plain.  The holes created by gluing the clothespins back-to-back got me thinking that maybe I could "embroider" a design on my mirror to add a little more interest.  I started in the center by edging the mirror with dark blue embroidery floss using a technique that sort-of laid on top of the mirror.

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Start by hot gluing the end of the floss to the back of the mirror {since you can't really knot it}.  Bring the floss up through hole #1 then count over 5 holes and draw the thread down through hole #6 {the white arrow}.  Bring your thread under the clothespins and come back up through hole #2.  Count over 5 holes again and draw the thread down through hole #7 {the yellow arrow}.  Continue following that pattern until you come back to hole #1.  Hot glue the end of your thread to the back of the mirror again to secure it and trim any excess.  Here's what it looks like without the arrows:

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I added a magenta straight stitch through those same holes to give it a finished look.  I also did a straight stitch {up one hole, down the next to form a straight line} through the outer holes using first yellow, then green embroidery floss.

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I love the way it turned out.  It's a super-simple, super-cheap {about $2 for the mirror and pack of clothespins at the dollar store} project that will brighten up any space.  Sydney is going to use it propped up on a little stand as a makeup mirror in her room.  Love that!

Happy April Fools Day, by the way!  This is one of my kids' favorite days of the year.  I was awoken at 5:45 this morning by a series of hidden cell phones with alarms going off every few minutes.  Fifteen minutes before the actual alarm is supposed to go off . . . are you kidding me?!  That's the worst because there's no time to go back to sleep.  Those clever children of mine.  I have yet to trick them, but it's coming . . . bwah hah hah!

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12 comments:

  1. This is so cool! Pinned! I found you at Lil Luna--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  2. This is amazing! I am definitely pinning this one. I love how you used the twine to accent it- and I love the color! :) Newest follower on GFC, BlogLovin and FB.

    Visiting from 36th Avenue.

    We'd love for you to share this with us at Much Ado About Monday. Stop by and link up if you get a chance. :) http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/04/much-ado-about-monday-no-3.html

    ~Emily
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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    1. Thanks! I love a good link-up. I'll check it out for sure!

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  3. Oh shoot!
    I think I left the comment on the wrong post. Oh well... I featured you today...♥

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    1. Thanks so much. This is such an honor!

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  4. The embroidery idea is absolutely the cutest! Love it, Amy!

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  5. It is a lovely project and one I think the seniors here at our assisted living community could make, but with a little clearer instruction...What type of clothes pins did you use....the ones with the wire that clip on or the others that you just push on....why not mod podge colorful crystals to cover the holes showing...but my biggest cluelessness are the clothes pins, just not sure which ones you used...would popsickle sticks work as well.....

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    1. Sorry I didn't really clarify in the post. I used the clothespins with the metal spring. You simply remove the metal spring and glue the two wooden pieces back to back. Hope that helps!

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  6. Love the project, but not sure the clothespins would work for our seniors seeing as the ones you probably uses are the ones with the wires. Would tongue depressors or popsickle sticks work as well....and why not use mod podge to glue gems, buttons, shells or whatever other decorative items to hide the holes that the clothespins form....I'm thinking that we will try this with the tongue depressors or popsickle sticks as it would be easier for our seniors to use, but thanks so much for the lovely idea.....and when finished I will try to upload some pictures of the ones made.....thanks loads for the idea....

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    1. You could really use anything you want to make the sunburst shape. Tongue depressers or popsicle sticks would totally work. And you can embellish them any way your heart desires! I wanted to try the embroidery thing on this project, but gluing pretty thing on is another great idea. I'd love it if you left me a link to a photo of your finished projects. How fun!

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  7. Very clever without it being too obvious they are clothespins. Love the shabby chic/rustic look of it!

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