The project went through a lot of modifications in my head due to not having the right tools or finding the right pieces to put it together, but finally, it came together a couple weeks ago!
I found a star shaped "tray" thing at Hobby Lobby. I forgot to take a picture of it before I added the paper and accents. It was in the wood section and it was about 12" wide and had a white washed finish on it. It has a frame around it so it looks like the inside is recessed in like a shadow box. A nice feature to be able to transform it into something useable.
I decided to make the inside a mirror.
Here are the final pictures of it.
I mod podged paper all over. Just various rustic styles of papers, like wood and old maps.
I had to find a way to fashion a mirror on the inside. I was looking around at those cuttable mirrors, but felt those just probably wouldn't be reflective enough. I wanted a real looking mirror. So I found this lightweight plastic reflective material on ebay, but it was sold as a square. I asked if they could laser cut it for me to a specific pattern of a star. They said they could for a nice cheap price for me, so I measured and drew up the star shape that would fit inside the wood frame, and sent them the Illustrator file for their laser cutter machine, and then a week later, I got the mirror star in the mail! I was so happy it was a perfect fit.
Then I need to make behind the mirror a magnet... I tried those cuttable magnet sheets, but those weren't strong enough to hold a magnet on the outside. So I used the really thin and strong eco magnets from Sun and Moon crafts underneath the mirror. I used one under each star point and then one in the middle where I wanted to be able to magnet a mustache on. This just made the whole star stay at the same level. I used the strong glass adhesive from Sun and Moon to hold the magnets inside down and the glass star on top, had to let it dry for a day.
magnet on the back. I made her 4 different mustaches so she can change them out and look in the mirror to "mustache herself". Haha, just for something fun!
She can hang it up too. I went to my hoard of SU Hodge Podge pieces and grabbed a couple hangers and found some tiny screws somewhere (that was a miracle I found them in the house! I didn't have to go shopping to buy any) and managed to get those little buggers screwed into the back.
For accenting, I used the little rope (I think that was from SU a couple years ago) and some rusty florist wire (that I've had for about 15 years! I knew that stuff might come in handy one day, so glad I didn't throw it out) to secure each point of rope. Then I screwed in the metal hangers on the bottom for her to hang keys or something on. That was a little hard due to the angle of the star, but I managed to get them pretty straight.
So on her gift, I used 6 of her favorite things on the star mirror (rope, wire, wood, old map, mustaches and star shape), and then I bought her a 150 yard roll of linen thread to add to her gift, since she also uses linen thread on almost everything.
In all, 7 of her favorite things used for her present. She said she liked it, so it made it all worth it. It was a lot of fun making this! A long process, with all the inbetween drying times and waiting for mail order, but I just love how it turned out.
I may need to get some more supplies and make one for myself!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I'll actually have some cards to share the next time I post on December 1.
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