Aug 14, 2012

DIY Book Page Mirror

I am digging these upcycle projects lately! This one was really easy, and like my last upcycle project it didn't cost me a dime! Until last night my master bedroom wall had been barren. I knew it needed something, I just didn't know what. Trying to keep consistent with my shabby chic theme throughout the house, I remembered seeing a book page wreath on Pinterest and really liked that. But, of course, I wanted to make it different, something I could call my own. I remembered my mother-in-law had given me this adorable mirror, and I had yet to find a spot for it in our house. Bingo, the Book Page Mirror was born! 

This project is super simple and only requires a few materials. Here is what you'll need:
  • Cardboard
  • Book
  • Hot glue
  • Mirror
  • Scissors
Start by cutting the cardboard in to the shape you want. I used the mirror as my template, giving it an additional inch boarder, not the exact size of the actual mirror. Next, tear out the pages from your book and roll them into a cone shape. Don't worry about ripping them perfectly, I promise you won't see the edges once they are rolled. Flatten the small end of your cone, not the whole cone, and hot glue the flattened end so that it stays rolled. You will then glue the flattened part to your cardboard template. Create the shape you want, I made a sort of cat eye shape for mine with a larger top. There's no science to it. Just glue the cones where you think they look good! When the pages have all been glued and you are satisfied with your shape adhere the mirror to the cardboard. I used a small Styrofoam piece between the mirror and the cardboard so that it wasn't perfectly flush. Depending on how you plan to hang it will determine how you adhere the mirror. Luckily, my mirror had a chain, which meant the cardboard didn't have to support the mirror, otherwise the hot glue would have not been strong enough to hold it and the mirror up. If your mirror has a hanger on the back you could easily cut a hole in the cardboard before gluing it together. This will leave the hanger exposed and you can use it to hang on the wall. Ta-da! Simple right? And the best part? You probably have all of these materials just waiting to be used!