Tutorial – IKEA Mirror Upcycle

You too can take one of these Ikea mirrors…

And jazz it up for someone special…

Mine has been personalised for my daughter who absolutely loves it.

To upcycle the Ikea mirror just like mine you’ll need…

Metallic Purple Acrylic Paint (Baker Ross)
Various size brushes
Black permanent marker pen
White/glitter decals
Black/glitter butterfly decals
Mod podge gloss

Tools
Glue & Paint Brushes

The mirror was actually rather glossy in its texture which meant I really should have striped it down to ensure the purple acrylic paint would stick to the frames surface.

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However, I decided to try something different! One… I was being lazy, and two… Because I wanted to experiment a little with painting techniques.

So, I applied my paint directly on top of the mirrors frame. For the first coat a very thin layer was applied with a sponge applicator. For the second layer I applied another thin layer in the opposite direction I painted the last.

For the final layer I swirled the paint with the tip of my sponge to gain the effect shown below.

I then let my frame dry for an hour

For the next part of this upcycle I took a black permanent marker and with it I wrote my daughters name (Alice Sara) at the top and bottom of my frame like so. Alice has a double barrel name but you could maybe use the first name followed by their middle name or surname.

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I then left it for a further hour just to ensure the pen was fully dry to ensure I didn’t smudge it during the next step.

I then decorated my frame with the decals. I applied some decals to my wording as to give a 3D impression.

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My last few steps was to cover the entire frame in mod podge gloss and
fit the mirror back into the frame to finish.

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If you don’t fancy trying this yourself I’m happy to create one for you. All you need to do is email me the name you want to use to personalise the frame and any other requirements… boy, girl, colour, design etc. This maybe created on a different frame dependent on howmany of this type I have left. All will be of similar sizes and of good quality.
Prices start from £10
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Mod Podge Miniature Craft Jars

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So I recently brought these cute little jars from ikea. They came in a set of 4 and were a bargain at under £2.

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Although they are very sweet and all, I felt they could do with a little decorating.

The jars could be used for anything but were advertised as a set of spice jars. I’ve however decided that they would make great little craft jars, perfect for buttons, sequins, pins and more.

To decorate my jars I used a number of different items… Here’s what you will need to make yours…

Ikea set of 4 spice jars ( from the marketplace)

And to decorate…

Section of patterned papers
Mod Podge Gloss
Paper Lace Trimming
Ribbon
Selection of embellishments (I used card buttons, a foam butterfly and a couple of sequins)

Firstly chose your papers. I’m aiming for a real girly design with floral papers that give the jars a bit of a shabby feel.

Take the lid of your jar and use it as a template to draw around leaving a circle template on your chosen paper. Do this 4 times, once for each jar.

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Carefully cut out your circles and use mod podge Glossy Lustre to secure to your jar. The circle shape on the jar is the same size as the lid so the paper is a perfect fit. Add the mod podge to both sides of the paper using a decoupage technique.

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Leave all to dry for around 30 minutes then add your finishing touches.

I’ve done the following…

Added lace paper trimming, and ribbon around the centre of each jar.

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I’ve used embellishments to decorate the front of each jar. I’ve secured each embellishment to the middle of the jar where i’ve covered each one with paper. I did this by using the mod podge and again using the Decopatch technique.

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Be sure to let your jars dry fully before filling with your craft bits and bobs.

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2 of my finished jars are currently being used to store buttons, another is used for small cotton reels and mini pegs, where the last is housing some of my glass beads.

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I really like the results. The jars are very easy to decorate and provide me with a great little storage solution.

Pretty don’t you think?

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