Update an old and dated framed mirror, or fix up a cheap flea market find, with this beaded mirror craft project. With a new coat of paint and a few embellishments, you can turn an unattractive mirror or picture frame into something spectacular and unique. Follow the step by step instructions below for this easy beaded mirror craft project.
Materials needed to make a beaded mirror include:
– Framed mirror (Picture frame can be substituted)
– Latex paint
– Painters tape
– Newspaper or drop cloth
– Craft beads and other embellishments
– Craft adhesive (Don’t know what this is? CLICK HERE)
– Glitter (If desired)
– Acrylic spray gloss (Don’t know what this is? CLICK HERE)
How to make a beaded mirror:
STEP 1 – Place a drop cloth or newspaper on your work area for protective purposes.
STEP 2 – Use painters tape to attach newspaper to the front of the mirror. Completely cover the mirror itself.
STEP 3 – Paint the mirror the color of your choice. If you like the look of ‘Shabby Chic’ distressed furniture, use these DIY Shabby Chic Paint Technique tips to achieve the look.
STEP 4 – Allow the paint to dry overnight.
STEP 5 – Arrange your craft beads and other embellishments in an attractive manner. You will be applying these embellishments to the framed portion of your beaded mirror in STEP 6. When your beaded mirror craft project is complete, the embellishments are on the surface permanently, so it is a good idea to assemble the layout before adhering to insure a pleasant look.
STEP 6 – Begin applying the beads and embellishments to the frame of your mirror. Craft adhesive dries fairly quickly, so do not apply very much to the frame at a time. You will be working in small sections, placing a bead approximately every ¼”. Continue adhering beads until the entire frame is covered.
STEP 7 – The final step to make a beaded mirror is to coat it with a protective spray gloss. This will help hold the beads in place, and will protect the surface. Apply an acrylic spray gloss according to manufacturer’s instructions and let dry. Spray a second coat – If you would like to add a glitter finish to your beaded mirror craft, sprinkle the surface with glitter immediately after you apply the second coat. Let dry.
STEP 8 – Remove the painters tape and newspaper from your beaded mirror craft project and admire your work!
Once you have this technique down, you can use these same steps to make a beaded picture frame, or even a seashell mirror or frame. This beaded mirror would make a very nice gift for someone special too!
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