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!
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)
hot glue gun
a piece of ribbon, for hanging
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?
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!
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:
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.
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?!
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!