Okay so I’m not really setting any trends these days when it comes to weird stuff I make that I find on the internet. I must be getting old. Or it might be that I seem to never be sitting in front of my computer anymore. In any case, I made this thing, and you can see things like it all over the internet. But this one is mine. And I like it. So the basic ingredients you need for this are toilet paper/paper towel rolls (how many? MANY.), a mirror, and something to mount your mirror in. In this case, I had a 10″ round mirror so I stuffed it in a 10″ embroidery hoop. You’ll also need scissors and pencils and rulers and glue and paint and something to stick to the whole shebob so it hangs. Sorry for the technical language.
Geez, where to begin? Okay, start with your paper rolls, which you have been assiduously collecting for a month or two. Or three.
Pull all the paper bits off them, of course. This is how many I had. I didn’t end up using them all, but I figured from the outset it would be useful to cut them all in case I needed them later.
Then I measured the depth of my embroidery hoop, which was about 1/2″ inch.
So then I cut all the paper rolls into 1/2″ segments, to match.
Now, I discovered that the mirror didn’t fit in the embroidery hoop if the inner hoop was still in place …
So I took it out and tightened the outer hoop and that was fine.
I set the hoop (minus the mirror) on my work surface, and then started thinking about a plan. There are many different patterns you can make with those little paper cat’s eyes.
But I figured the best way was to lay it out around the hoop and see what it looked like. This was one incarnation. I may do that one again sometime.
Then it all started to come together. I had a design in mind similar to those overly ornate Victorian embellishments, so that’s kind of what came out.
I figured I would freehand the rest. So then I started gluing, using a hot glue gun.
But at the top, I had that screw to contend with.
So with some poking of holes and cutting of slits and things I got it all worked out.
Then you just kind of keep going.
When I was satisfied with the number of pieces of paper I’d glued together, I tested out the size and weight. Remember that adding a glass mirror to your design will make it significantly heavier.
Then I painted. I bought a craft spray paint that was supposedly designed specifically for wood and paper. It turned out to be a different colour than advertised, and it seemed to just get absorbed into the paper and wood, but that was fine. I finished it off with a spritz of glitter and some sealant and there it is.
Back onto the work surface, face down.
I set some erasers inside the hoop to hold the mirror at the height I wanted it.
I bought this mirror from Value Village years ago and I think it was one of those display mirrors for crystal collections, so it already had this nice felt backing on it. I did two tracks of glue around the border and then extra-glued on a piece of hanging hardware.
It’s cloudy today but you get the idea. I’m quite pleased with it.