|Giving the thumbs up because I'm super excited that this project is complete!|
Here's what I started with. A boring builders mirror with a mirror frame.
Next, I painted the frame of the mirror the same color as the wall. This will keep the mirror from reflecting the underside of the starfish and help hide the ugly mirror frame.
My original plan was to use caulk to hold the starfish together. The caulk would hold the starfish to the mirror, which is great.
|Caulking the starfish|
The extra caulk worked! For a while...... then they started to fall off again. The caulk held the starfish to the mirror REALLY well, once it was dry. I had to figure out a way to hold them to the mirror while they dried. Enter my friend, the hot glue gun. I started applying both caulk AND hot glue, and my problem was solved :)
Once I had my layer on the bottom, I didn't have to use caulk anymore. Hot glue works fine when gluing starfish to starfish. If you look closely on the right side of the mirror frame, you see that I had to remove parts of the legs of starfish. The funny thing is, up to this point, I had handled the starfish SO gently. Then it was time to remove parts of the legs. Let me tell you, you do NOT have to be gentle with starfish. Those guys are TOUGH! I had to cut it as much as possible with scissors, then bend it back and forth until it broke off :)
More layers on the mirror...
|I had to use tape to hold some of the starfish on the bottom layer in place, with the weight of the new layer on top. I think that they started to slide because these were the few starfish that I didn't use hot glue on.|
If anyone makes their own starfish mirror, PLEEEAAAAASSSSEEEEE post a link! I'd love to see what ya'll come up with :) I think my next starfish project will be an awesome wreath for the door, like this.....