DIY Chrysanthemum Mirror

DIY Chrysanthemum Mirror

I’m SO excited to share this one with you! In fact, I just finished it TODAY and couldn’t wait to post it! Surely by now, you’ve all seen the awesome Chrysanthemum Mirror made out of plastic spoons on Pinterest; well, I’ve had my eye on it for a long time and finally got all the stuff to make one for myself! Here we go!

You’ll need:

200-300 plastic spoons (I think I ended up only using around 200)
scissors or other cutting tool
a round mirror (mine is about 9 inches in diameter, but use any size you like)
cardboard
hot glue gun
spray paint
a piece of ribbon, for hanging

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Start by cutting all the handles off of your spoons. I started out using scissors, then quickly (oh-so-quickly!) realized how much that method plainly sucks. I ended up using small wire cutters, which worked perfectly. I’m not going to lie, this is the worst and most time-consuming part of the whole thing. You will get blisters; you will hate yourself for starting this @#%&** project. But persevere! You’ll be SO happy you stuck with it! By the way, you’ll want to cut off as much of the handle as possible- it makes it lots easier when it comes time to glue.

Next, you’ll need to cut out a large circle of cardboard. I had a big box out in the garage that I used. Find a template (I used a big, round serving platter about 15 inches across), trace it, then cut it out. You’ll then need to cut out the hole in the middle for the mirror. Make sure your hole is smaller than the mirror so you’ll have something to glue it to. Make sense?

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I taped my edges with masking tape just in case part of it ended up being visible (which it did). See those ugly outer edges? You don’t want those peeking through!

Next, spray paint the cardboard. I was tempted to skip this step, but ended up being very glad I didn’t, since I would’ve had little bits of cardboard peeking through the spoons. Use the color you’ll be using for the finished product.

Ok, it’s time to start gluing! Honestly, I was terrified of this part. I just knew I was going to get it crooked or spaced wrong. I sat there staring at it for probably 30 minutes before finally just diving in. However, it turned out REALLY easy!

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Start with the back row; glue the spoons about an inch apart. As you can see, I didn’t exactly get mine perfect. But try your hardest to space them all as evenly as possible, as it will come back to bite you in the rear if you don’t.

After you finish the first row, fill in the gaps with the second row of spoons. Be sure to place them slightly lower than the first row. Continue until yours looks like this:

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See how I did that? Easy, huh? Ok, now you should have one final row to go. Be sure the spoons you use for this row are cut cleanly and all fairly even since the bottoms will be showing. I used sandpaper to make sure my edges were rounded. Look at all those globs of hot glue! My glue gun had a little problem….

After you’ve finished gluing all your spoons, go back and make sure you don’t have any little strings left behind by the glue gun. Mine left them all over the place and I spent forever picking them off of my spoons! If you leave them, the spray paint will only make them more noticeable.

Now….paint!

Then glue your piece of ribbon (or whatever you’ll be using to hang your finished mirror) on the back of the mirror. Then glue the mirror to the back of the cardboard circle. Easy as pie! And now you should have a completed, finished chrysanthemum mirror! Wasn’t that easy?!

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I’m really, really happy with the end result! I think it added just the right pop of color I needed in my living room!

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    DIY Play Kitchen…

     

     

     

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    I’ve been DYING to share this with you for so long now! We’ve been working on it for a couple of weeks, and it’s FINALLY finished! Yes, my friends, you too, can take a couple of old, dated bedside tables and transform them into an adorable, pint-sized play kitchen for the kiddos! As soon as I found out I was having a girl (all those months ago!), I’ve known I wanted to someday build my daughter a play kitchen of her very own. Obviously, cooking is a huge part of my life, and my love for it has already carried over to Cassidy. She loves to cook! She loves to stir, and stir, and stir, then hold the spoon up to my mouth so I can “taste” her cooking (just delicious, by the way!). ;)

    My mom and dad had a couple of old night stands they weren’t using anymore, so I immediately snatched them up and Joel and I (with lots of help from my dad) went to work to build a play kitchen for Cassidy’s first birthday.

    Here’s what we started with:

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    First, we took the drawers out and discarded them. Then, a light sanding, just to take off the gloss and make it easier for the paint to stick. I used plain white, glossy spray paint for this and it worked perfectly.

    From there, we attached a couple of pieces of wide trim found in our storage shed to the tops to serve as a backsplash. I used black acrylic craft paint for the burners (just plain old circles- use a salad plate to trace with), and we found the knobs at Home Depot.

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    We also found some slimmer trim (the kind used for crown molding) and used that to make the oven door (I painted it with a silver metallic spray paint). If you don’t have a miter saw to cut the trim, I’m betting a large picture frame would work for this as well. We got a large piece of plexiglass at Home Depot and cut it to the size we needed, then simply glued it to the back of the door frame. A simple brushed nickel handle finished it off. We attached the oven door using two hinges and a magnet to keep it closed. It was my dad’s idea to put the chains on either side, to keep the door from hitting the ground. My mom let us use the racks that came with her microwave for oven racks. I had some pink paint left over from Cassidy’s nursery, and used that to paint the inside of the oven. I like the retro look it gives!

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    We found a cheap faucet at Home Depot and used a stainless steel mixing bowl for the sink basin. Joel and my dad cut a hole in the top of the night stand and used liquid nails to glue the bowl into place. Easy peasy! My mom sewed the cute curtain.

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    I really wanted Cassidy to have working knobs and handles, so I’m glad we went with an actual faucet and not a pretend one. These hot and cold knobs really turn! Attention to detail is the key here! ;) …and when I tell you the faucet was cheap, I mean it! 17 bucks! Can’t beat that!

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    I just so happen to have an old cabinet my sister had used in her old bathroom a long time ago. I loved how it already had a rack on it for pots and pans! I used shower hooks to hang the cookware on since I didn’t have any actual hooks that fit this bar. Eventually I’ll probably try to find something different, but for now these work just fine. My grandparents bought the set of pots and pans on Amazon for Cassidy’s birthday and I found the heart-shaped measuring cups and spoons at the dollar spot at Target.

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    Every kitchen needs a pantry and dish storage! My sister bought the cute little play food set at Target (see the refried beans?! How cute!). I found the cupcake art and brightly colored utensil art at Hobby Lobby for 70% off (score!), and hung a $1 pink basket with command hooks on the side of the stove for more play food storage.

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    And there you have it! A 100% homemade, genuine play kitchen for your little ones! Honestly, it wasn’t that hard (especially since Joel and my dad did all the cutting, drilling, and hammering…), and I’m absolutely THRILLED with the end result! Cassidy is still a bit young to appreciate it fully, but I know she’s going to love it soon!

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      Tidbits Around Our House…

      I know I promised pictures from our new house, but the truth is, I haven’t gotten all of them taken yet. I know. We’ve only lived here over 3 months already…how long does it take, Amy?! BUT, I do have pictures of some of my favorite parts of the house! Here they are (these were all taken with my iphone):

      Up first, my plate wall! A few months before we moved, I started collecting cute decorative plates, because I knew I wanted a ‘plate wall’ in our breakfast area. I gathered them from all over- Target, HomeGoods, Pier 1, garage sales, and some of them belonged to my grandmother and great grandmothers. There’s definitely LOTS of colors going on here, but I really, really love it.

      This is the entry hall. It was covered with dark, dated wallpaper (what a chore that was!), but we’ve always loved the beautiful wood floors. You’ve probably noticed by now, the entire house is painted gray. The color is Lowe’s Filtered Shade and I LOVE it. It’s very hard to find the perfect gray, but this one has the perfect amount of blue and beige. It goes beautifully with any color- yellow, pink, red, blue…you name it. I’m telling you, this is the perfect gray.

      (Sorry about the pumpkins and candy corn…can you guess when this picture was taken??) This secretary desk was originally in my mother’s entry way. It had a medium-dark stain and was a little dull. She wanted to get rid of it and I jumped at it! I’ve really wanted a bright yellow piece of furniture, and I thought this would be the perfect piece for my entry hall. A quick coat of spray primer and 2 coats of yellow spray paint and BAM! A super cute, bright, and cheerful conversation piece for my entry hall!

      And last, but certainly not least…drumroll…..my fireplace. This whole thing- the mantel, chimney, fireplace, hearth- none of it was there. My daddy, Grandaddy, and father-in-law built it for me. Our new house didn’t have a fireplace, and to me, that’s just not acceptable. I have to have a fireplace. How can you properly enjoy Christmas movies without one?! Anyway, a long time ago, my Grandaddy built this mantel for my mom. She used it for many years, then my sister used it in her house. Now it’s in my house. So daddy and Grandaddy built me the faux chimney and firebox, then my father-in-law tiled the hearth and the backsplash. I ordered a Dimplex electric fireplace insert, and we were in business. It looks like there was always a fireplace there! A drastic improvement over a big, bare wall, don’t ya think? The stripey chair came from Target. I love the pop of color it adds to the room!

      So, those few little bits should tide you over until I can get the whole house photographed (and maybe I’ll get it together enough to use my good camera instead of crappy iphone pictures!).

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        Christmas Tidbits…

        **Warning** This post is extremely picture-heavy! Turn away now if you aren’t interested in babies or Christmas or babies celebrating Christmas. ;)

        These past few days, I’ve had my camera at the ready at all times! With the house decorated for Christmas now, it seems like every time I turn around there’s a great photo opportunity with Cassidy! In fact, the pictures that’ll be featured on this year’s Christmas card are some that I spontaneously snapped while Cassidy was “helping” me decorate.

        (Ha! Love that one…)

        Even after 4 1/2 years of blogging, I still pretty much have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to photography. I’ve been practicing really hard and (hopefully) getting better. The photo above was my attempt at being more “artsy”. ;)

        Here are some photos I took (with my phone) of our decorated house. I love sharing a little holiday spirit with everyone!!

        The first ornament on our tree this year!

        Window seat greenery

        Can’t forget Mr. Nutcracker!

        Our mantel. My favorite.

        I took a strand of white lights and tied strips of red and white striped fabric in between each light. It turned out very “pepperminty” looking. I love it!

        The reindeer are my sister’s throwaways.

        I got Cassidy’s stocking from Pottery Barn Kids. I’ve been eying it for years and finally had a reason to buy it this year!

        Our vintage aluminum tree. My grandmother gave this to us our first married Christmas. It’s from the ’50′s!

        My kitchen tree

        Here’s one of our mantel all lit up at night.

        The dining room tree (yes, that makes 3 big trees total…)

        The entry hall table

        Cassidy’s first time seeing a Christmas tree! She was fascinated!

        Look at that grin! She loves it! So far, our first Christmas as a family of 3 (well, 4, actually…can’t forget Izzy!) is every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be! I have more pics to share soon- stay tuned! :)

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