DIY MIRROR MOSAIC WALL ART PIER 1 IMPORTS INSPIRED using Dollar Tree Items
what's up glue dots I'm Elaine the midnight crafter and I am so excited about tonight's project because you see this back here behind me on the
wallwell years ago I got that at
Importsand I've been trying to figure out how I could recreate it by myself so I did it and I did it all
treeproducts so I am so excited now granted the one I made is about that big and that one is quite large but you can make yours any size you'd like and I just thought I'd start small and do it for the tutorial to make sure that it worked out and I got to say guys I think this is my all-time favorite project so far not 100% sure but I'm pretty sure I love it so I cannot wait to show it to you it's pretty easy to do just a little bit time-consuming but amazing for all my glam girls on my modern glam people out there this is the bomb diggity I'm telling you okay enough gushing over that you know that I would love to have you join our glue dot family by hitting that subscribe button down below and if when you hit the bell next to it then you'll know every time I upload fabulous videos like this one so please join us and leave me a comment let me know what you think and best of all share it give me a thumbs up you know like so many things I'm so bossy anyway I can't wait to get to this so I think what we should do Oh almost forgot again down below in the description box there's a link that you can enter to win a cute little...
bling owl keychain and I do that the first of the month every month for 2019 so if you're interested in entering to win... it's adorbs... then that's all you have to do is go down there and hit that and put your email address in also down in the description box it's really important to look down there because if you want to recreate this project my pictures aren't always very inclusive of everything needed because sometimes they morph into more as I'm going along so down there I actually list the
itemsthat you you will need and there's a complete list for you so okay now we can get to it so let's do it okay so I already got a little bit of a head start on here because I wanted to try and make sure this project was even gonna work in the first place but what we're gonna be doing is take your big tray here and you it doesn't I don't know if there's smaller size trays but go ahead and get the biggest one that you can find and we're gonna cut off this outside rim because we're only going to be
usingthe flat part of the tray okay so what we're going to be doing with this piece is cutting out leaf shapes from this so decide how big or how small you don't necessarily need them all to be the same size you can have different sizes and slightly different shapes so you don't necessarily they you don't have to cut a template out or anything so this is kind of what we're gonna be doing and cutting out a bunch of...
these because these are going to be the decor for our project and try and maximize your space by
usingany little extra areas that you have here just like you would if you were
usingcookie cutters and cutting out dough you know we have to make every last little cookie fit on there so that's kind of what we're doing with this as well cutting out and cutting out and cutting out now if you're making a really big
wallart you can cut your leaves a lot bigger and you won't have to cut out as many if you're doing a smaller
wallart you're going to want to do your leaves a little smaller so that you can get at least several leaves on to the project okay that cut a lot that made a lot of leaves and left all these little low cock up pieces that are just going to go thrown away which actually they're not so cock up pieces they're kind of really cool-looking so you probably could use those for another similar project
usingjust the extra little cutout pieces because those are they're pretty slick-looking so I don't know who knows I may put those aside and use those they may go in the garbage but what we're going to be doing next is the fun part and you're gonna need for that a little bowl of water and a bunch of different nail polishes so I have all of these colors because these are kind of in the color scheme that I'm trying to stick with but pick whatever color scheme you want and go with it and I'm sure a lot of you have seen...
this technique before so it's not anything new but we're just gonna be
usingit and for those of you that haven't seen it oh you're gonna love it it's so much fun so just can I go ahead and figure out I don't know just randomly take some different things I'm gonna want some dark colored leaves and I'm gonna want some light colored leaves I have stay on standby here my piece of parchment paper so I can set them on what I've done and the tweezers to use as I pull them out so well because the other day I was doing it just with my fingers and I kind of wrecked my nails so have your leaves next to you you want to be able to be ready to go shake up your polishes and have the tops loosened so that you can use whatever colors you want kind of in the moment and not have to take the time to undo them so all of these nail polishes were from
Treeexcept this one here I got that at Daiso but it doesn't they can be any nail polishes from anywhere and I'm gonna start with some of my darker leaves no reason just because I can and I'm a few drops of this dark blue in there and you can see how it sort of spreads out and then maybe put a little bit of this blue in there which is a bit dark too just to change it up a bit and you can kind of see what it's doing there and then you're just going to take your leaf and I'm
usingmy pointy tweezers from the very tip and find a spot and tuck that in there pull it out and set it onto...
your parchment paper so you can do a few of them with one nail polish bath which is good and every single one is going to be a little different which is really cool because it makes for a very interesting project and already our leaves are different one from the other some are fat some are skinny some are going to be dark some are going to be light kind of like us and what's cool about that is we are all beautiful in our own way as are these leaves that are all different so I really love that and this is starting to kind of dry up a bit here so I got a get whatever leaves I can done and then I'm going to move on to my next color so you see when it starts getting this this not oh no ok see this not when it starts getting this not it is time to clear out that polish so I am just gonna get that little snot piece off of there and then set this aside you don't have to worry about the backside of your leaf because it's going to be glued down to your board or to whatever so now all I'm going to do is take one of the scrap pieces that I have and sort of swish that around in here to collect all the rest of the floating pieces that started to get a bit too dry you do probably want to have a paper towel on hand as well to put those on kind of let me show you some of these they're really really coolio! Hope I won't dump them. so they're pretty nifty so all of them are gonna have a really unique look depending to on what colors we put in so I'm going to...
do my next batch here and I think I'm going to use some of this really cool this all of my colors are matte except for this one has some shimmer to it I don't really know how that's going to come out but I'm open to finding out and I'm going to do that one with a little bit of this lighter kind of a I don't know see foamy minty green I don't know what you would even call it and then maybe maybe a little bit of white in there too all right off we go interesting and then what's cool about this you can this is one place you guys we can double dip because it changes up the color and I think probably this might be my last leaf with this batch because it's starting to get oh I just dropped my leaf in there ah alright well that actually worked out okay let's go with some of the other colors and come up I think one of them I'm going to do kind of with a little bit of some black in it too I think that will look really cool all right anyway I think you guys kind of get the idea I'm gonna play with these a bit and finish up my leaves and do all those and then working at Oh get off get off sorry sidetrack there they got stuck I mean I'm going to finish up my leaves and then we're going to work on the next step which is gonna be starting to put this bad boy together that can be a little bit tricky but I think it's also going to be really cool well that worked out okay I just scooped up everything onto that leaf and it came out...
pretty neat all right let me get these done and then I'll show you what I came up with ooh so here are all the pretties they're obviously every single one a little different couple things I learned some little tips for you guys to know sometimes some of the Polish if you drop it in there too quickly it will ball up on the bottom you can see in there some little balls but no big deal they stay at the bottom so you do want to kind of pour your polish in there rather quickly also the less polish you put in the quicker it is going to dry the less leaves you will get done so if you put a little extra in there and you can layer the colors you will get this type of result so we're gonna have to now be patient which is not one of my virtues and we're gonna have to let these really dry before we can move on to the next part all right guys so far so good are you excited if you're gonna join this give me the big ol thumbs up and subscribe to my channel and join the glued up family so let's see what else Oh comment let me know what do you guys think this is so cool so far for the next part of this project we're actually going to be
mirrorsquares and we're gonna be cutting them into strips now I think I got these on Amazon if I can find the link I'll post it below if not
Treedoes occasionally happy and the
mirrorsquares are a little bit larger which is probably good if you don't find them or you don't want to use the...
mirrorsquares another option that I realize potentially before we cut up all of this tray into our leaves you can actually cut some of these pieces into squares it's going to be a little more labor-intensive if you just cut some strips of this you can actually before you cut all of it into the tray you could actually cut some squares out of the extra tray piece so that is absolutely an option and it will probably it's you know one less
dollarspent if you feel like doing that these also are a great option and make great little
mirroreffect squares as well so definitely that's an option to do a side-by-side comparison for you I wanted to show you that these are the ones that you can get at
Treethere by jot and they are much larger than the ones that I have gotten on Amazon and they're literally side by side here and you can see the difference in the size of the squares so it's a big difference by
usingthe extra scraps or buy ahead of time cutting the silver tray you can cut whatever size it is that you want to use of these also another potential option would be
usingbling wrap it's going to change a little bit the look of the project but that's another potential option as well so what I've decided to do is use these small ones that I had gotten from Amazon because I think it's gonna work best for my project and what a little trick that I figured out I'm first of all cutting my row off of there with an exacto knife and then...
what I'm going to use I'm peeling off this backing here which makes it a little tough because then the back is very sticky and it makes it really hard to work with so a little trick that I'm going to do is use a little bit cornstarch and very little does the job so even what a little bit is on this lid if I just touch that and rub it onto the back of the sticky surface voila no more stickiness and it will not affect our project for later on so here's my strip and now it's no longer sticky which is great oh my gosh you guys what a total goober I am so as I was doing this and putting on my little bit of cornstarch I realized that these just pull apart so instead of sitting there and cutting them and then flipping them Oh duh okay sometimes it's the simplest of things that elude this genius mind so anyway that's it much quicker and easy way to go okie dokie it's been a couple hours and so we're gonna move on to the next step because my leaves are now dry I have them over here on the side and the next thing we're gonna do is take whatever box art frame you have or whatever you base you want to use I would recommend something that has a hard surface and not something that has a flexible surface like of a canvas because I'm afraid that the stuff will not flex with it and it will just pop off later so I'm
usingthis caulking from
Treeand I have a little clear dish here that I'm mixing Oh give me anyway I'm gonna put a...
good amount of that there because I'm going to be covering the surface of my artwork here and I want to color mine a gray color so it sort of matches the one that I'm trying to copy that I have the artwork at home and I'm going to add a little bit I have a pretty good glob of this going here and I'm just gonna add a little bit of black paint that's just one drop I can always add more that it's too hard to make it lighter if you add too much this is a lid from my favorite chocolate-covered almonds they're dark chocolate covered almonds from Trader Joe's if you guys haven't tried them oh you gotta try them so I'm I would say that I'm
usingI don't know i would guess like 3/4 of a tube at this point just to give you an idea I'm just going to do the surface first and I'm going to worry about the sides later so now you're just gonna like frosting a cake so first we cut our cookies out of our cookie dough cookie cutters with what he call it for our leaves and now we're frosting a cake can you tell I like my sweets or what if you have a cake spreader an old cake spreader that you don't use that might be easier but I'm just
usinga stir stick and this doesn't have to be real thick just kind of a thin layer to cover the whole thing it's not super ultra fast drying so you do have some time so don't panic okay so I've got my thin layer on there and now what I'm going to do is actually take a...
toothpick because I want to draw the little swirl design that I'm going to be placing my
mirrors on so go around and just sort of figure out what pattern it doesn't have to be perfect because your
mirrors are going to go on there but just to give you an idea of where they're going to go okay I think that's it I don't know if you guys can see the little pattern that I did in here there you go a little bit but now what we're gonna do is we're going to take our little
mirrorpieces that I sat so nicely and cut apart or pulled apart and we're gonna start placing those on our pattern can I give them a press down in there so just continue on here go around on your pattern and get these all placed once you kind of get on a roll it goes a little quicker I think so this is what I have so far my caulking is starting to dry so if you feel like you need a little more time do half of this at a time then the next step I'll be doing will be to press in my leaves and now what I'm going to do is take some of my leaves that I've made and start pressing those into place so you can kind of just most of the caulk you want that to be covered so press them down in and keep your leaves sort of spaced somewhat closely together because the caulking is not exactly the prettiest thing ever and give it a good press because by now this is starting to dry pretty quickly so you really sort of want to work fast if you're having trouble and it does dry...
worst-case scenario you could always use some glue and put stick it on there so now that I've got most of these in place there's a few spots that I'd like to fill in but I think it's going to be just fine to actually cut some of these leaves in half to try and fit them into place and just go ahead and fit in make it look as though it's coming you know like it went off of the edge now because it's drying I'm having to really press hard there may be a possibility that this could have come off later but in that case I will just glue it back on so I'm pretty satisfied with the way that looks now what I'm going to do is go in and kind of press make sure everything's firmly in place and if there's any spots now that are a little bit funky or bumpy with a caulking is now is a good time because it's still damp you can kind of even those out a bit and press those into place and don't worry about the stuff hanging off edge we're going to hit that a little bit later and then we'll be painting the sides and finishing up so what I'm going to work on right now is cutting off with my exacto knife some of the edges that are sort of hanging off now this caulking is a little bit sort of almost rubbery feeling so it's not like it just cuts off real smoothly and easily as soon as I get this these edges cleaned up here I'm going to go ahead and paint that edge grey so just the same way I did with the mixing of the black paint...
into the white caulking you want to add a lot more of your white paint than you do of your black paint otherwise it's going to be really dark and again it does not take very much if you're enjoying my videos don't forget to give me a thumbs up and join the glue dot family by subscribing and hitting that bell so you know when I upload new videos I am so excited that is I can't even believe that this is a