So back in December, I made a little gallery wall in my dining area where I displayed my collection of vintage Soviet New Year’s post cards. And I just took it down. Okay, I took it down last month. So yeah, basically I had Christmas decor up until March. I have no excuse. None. The only thing I can say is that I have had no idea what to put up there. I want to add color, but what? And how?
So until the stars align and I find something colorful that I like, I need to find something to fill in that space. So instead of color, I chose layers and reflection.
I picked up various sizes of mirror tiles from craft stores, used the Ikea frames that I already had and got to work making my little pieces of art.
Supplies: picture frames, chip board or cardboard, various sizes of little mirrors, adhesive (I used E6000)
Remove the glass from the frame, put it in a safe place in case you want to use the frame for something else later. Cut a piece of chipboard or another sturdy board to fit in the place of the glass.
Put the frame back together with the chipboard on top of the back of the frame. Take your little mirrors, and play with them, layering them in the frame. Once you kind of see how to make the little mirrors fit start gluing the mirrors down. Of course make sure you are in a well ventilated space, that glue is some nasty stuff. I also suggest cleaning the mirrors first and avoiding smudges.. I didn’t do either and boy it’s kind of a pain to clean.
To make the mirrors extra secure, I tucked the edges of the mirrors under the edge of the frame. Keep gluing the mirrors down and layering them to make sure all the chipboard is covered. Unfortunately many of the little mirrors had chip on the corners, so I did my best to cover those chips with other mirrors.
The glue takes 24 hours to cure. So don’t touch! It did seem that the mirrors would move a little bit, so for the first hour check them periodically to make sure they don’t slide out of place.
Each one is different and I love the way the light is reflected. I’ve made four so far and I want to make a few more pieces and try to find a unique way to update my gallery wall.