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How to decorate an old mirror

Decorative rose mirror
Decorative rose mirror

A great way to revamp an unused mirror is to decorate it. We were initially inspired by some beautiful silk roses we spotted at our local weekend market and the result was this very quick and easy makeover!

Material list
1. A mirror of any shape or size (Secondhand stores have great bargains.)
2. Glue gun and glue sticks
3. Silk flowers (We have used roses but you can use anything you can find. Judge the quantity needed by the size of the mirror. In our case we went through 48 rose rings; each ring containing five roses.)

A few pics followed by the write-up

Old mirror awaiting decorations Silk roses for mirror Attaching roses with hot glue

Source a mirror which you would like to decorate, along with enough silk roses to completely cover its frame. Clean the mirror and turn on the hot glue gun. The glue gun takes a minute to heat up before you use.

We were very lucky with our rose rings as they provided an excellent surface area to glue and bond to the mirror frame. If you are using single roses, you will have to make sure enough of the surface of the flower will be touching the frame. To do this, you may have to trim some of the plastic from the bottom of the flower.

If you are limited with the number of flowers you have, make sure you plan your placement in advance so you don't end up short. In a quick motion, cover your rose ring or the end of your single rose with the hot glue, then stick directly onto the mirror frame. The glue dries fast, so be sure to place the flower exactly where you want it. Hold the flower there for at least five to ten seconds, or until you are sure the glue has dried and it is secure.

Attaching silk roses to mirror
Attaching silk roses to mirror
Finished decorated rose mirror

Work your way completely around the frame with your flowers, placing them in the pattern you want.

Flowers work well for an entrance mirror, or in a bedroom or bathroom! Why not use any leftover flowers by sprinkling them around the base of a candle situated near the mirror.