A couple of weeks ago, we made a party wreath inspired by a mirror that we saw in Madrid. We really liked the mirror and wanted to recreate it at home, but weren’t sure what we’d use to make it. But last Saturday, it all came together in (where else) Home Depot!
We were walking through the plumbing section, and Alberto saw decorative metal panels that are generally used for home radiator covers. We immediately thought about using them for the outside border. All we needed now was the small mirror for the center and we found it at Target, as part of an inexpensive set of round mirrors. This project was much easier than we thought it was gonna be, and it makes a GREAT addition to our house!
Here’s what we used to make the mirror:
- 6-inch round mirror
- 5 decorative radiator panels
- Two cans of gold and one can of silver metallic spray paint
- Scrap piece of MDF or plywood (The pieces should be big enough to cut out 6-inch circles)
This is what we needed to put it together:
- Floral wire
- 1/2-inch screws
- Cordless screwdriver
- Metal shears
- Wood glue
Let’s Make a Mirror!
- Start by applying a coat of gold spray paint to both sides of the mesh panels and let them dry well.
- Next, cut the panels in half using the metal shears.
- To tie the panels together, cut several pieces of floral wire about 5-inches long.
- Now, take one of the panel pieces, and bend the cut side into a cone so that the cut side is behind a finished side (you may want to wear gloves for this to avoid any cuts!) and wire the two sides of the cone in place beginning with the wide end of the cone. Repeat the step in the middle and at the point end of the cone.
- Continue these steps with the other nine panel pieces.
Cut, clamp and screw!
- Now, for the mirror…using the mirror as a template, draw a circle on the MDF and the plywood and cut out the circles using the jigsaw.
- Draw two perpendicular lines through the center of the MDF circle. These lines will help you line up the panels.
- Using a pair of pliers, take the first cone and clamp it down about 1-inch from the point end. The flat point should be going the same way as the point on the other end.
- Line the flat point of the panel on the center of one of the lines on the MDF, and screw it in place with two screws. The point should be in the center of the MDF.
- Take the next cone, clamp down the point, and line up the side of the cone with the perpendicular line. Screw this panel in place.
- Prepare a third cone, and secure it between the other two cones.
- Repeat these three steps going all the way around the MDF. Remember that the cones on opposite sides of the lines should be mirror images.
Center of the Sun!
- Once all of the cones are in place, flatten them a little with your hands to fill in the gaps in between each cone. Make sure all of the cones are flattened to about the same size.
- Take the plywood circle, and place it on top of the MDF sandwiching the flattened ends in between and secure the plywood to the MFD with 4 screws.
- Next, spray paint the entire structure gold.
- Once dry, mist the front of the frame with the silver spray paint. This will give the mirror a little brighter color.
- After it dries, mist the frame again with the gold.
Being that we work in NYC, we have a definite fondness for the Manhattan! It’s a perfect drink for a cool summer afternoon, but most importantly, the perfect drink while waiting for paint to dry! Here’s the recipe…
- Spread the wood glue over the plywood circle in the middle of the frame.
- Place the 6-inch mirror on the plywood, and allow to dry.
We love this mirror, and we were able to get two inspirational projects from the same mirror in Spain. Love that!