"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
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Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Blog Swappin' with Amy at {Mod Podge Rocks!}

Hi! I'm so pleased to be joining you today. I'm Amy, girl-behind-the-curtain at Mod Podge Rocks! Stacie was kind enough to swap with me, so come see her project today at my blog. Here's what I've been up to lately, and I hope you enjoy it. This is a great first time project if you've never used Mod Podge before.

I have recently been nursing an obsession with the $1 store - in fact, I recently did a guest posting at Dollar Store Crafts. This re-do was another surface purchased from that very same trip, and I had so much fun with it. It incorporates my favorite things, mainly the color blue and buttons. Even better - it was inexpensive. The original "Diva" mirror was only $1, and I had everything else on hand. I also decided to add a little punch with some glitter. Check it out.

Here's the original mirror. While I am a diva, I felt it needed a personal touch. So I gathered the following supplies and tools:

FolkArt® Acrylic Paint, Turquoise
Mod Podge® Silver Glitter
Diva Mirror
My Mind’s Eye
Scrapbook Paper – 2 sheets, 1 each of 2 designs
EK Success Scalloped Circle Punch
Buttons - 12 coordinating
Flat Paint Brush
Craft Glue
Mini Screwdriver

Remove the mirror piece and then the screws. That's easy enough, right?

Sand the frame of the mirror - you don't need to go to town on it, just rough it up so that it takes the paint well.

Oh no! The diva is disappearing! That's okay, she's being covered over with a wonderful shade of blue - Turquoise. Paint several coats. Get the sides and inside edge too. Paint several coats on the front, turn over, paint the back, and do it until it's fully covered. It's going to take a bit so have patience. Go make popcorn or take a bath in between coats.

Also while the frame is drying, go ahead and cut some shapes out of the papers. I chose to follow the flower shape with leaves on one paper - and then cut several circles and flower shapes after that.

I started laying the paper shapes out on my frame. I also busted out my scallop punch and punched out some small circles from the other coordinating paper.

I laid everything out to see out I liked it. Notice the tense foot below as I contemplated my choices. I was really happy when I started overlapping some shapes.

Once I was sure what I wanted, I started Mod Podging with the Glitter. I turned each shape over and coated the back, then glued it down.

Smooth each piece carefully. When all of the pieces have been glued, let them dry for 15 - 20 minutes.

Now go back and coat the entire frame with Podge! Do the front, let dry. Sides, let dry. Back let dry. Then repeat. I did two coats.

Time for button magic. I absolutely love buttons, and when I finished I realized that the mirror was missing this most important embellishment. My process was simple: open the button stash, pick out some mostly coordinating buttons and glue them to the mirror with craft glue. Done!

After your mirror dries overnight, replace the hardware and the mirror piece. Shine it up and you are ready to admire yourself. Note that you are still a diva, even though your mirror no longer says so.

To Stacie and all of her readers - thank you so much for having me. Come visit me any time at Mod Podge Rocks for projects and decoupage advice. Hope to see you soon.

That is sooo stinkin' CuTe!! Isn't Amy awesome!! If you haven't yet...go check out her blog now!! You'll be glad you did! She has sooo many creative tips and ideas! Amy...Thanks so much for swappin' with me today!! You Rock!!


  1. Cute project. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is adorable! Way cuter than the original!

  3. Hello, I've been lurking for a couple of weeks and I finally decided to leave a
    Your blog is great!
    Your frame is totally better after,I love what you did to it.

  4. That is so cute, I love Mod Podge projects! Go MPR! Thanks so much to both of you, I'll be linking to this.

  5. Thanks everyone! You all are so sweet.

  6. Wow - that is a great project. I love that scalloped mirror. You did a great job! Isn't mod podge just the best?

    Love it!



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