Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tutorial: Origami Flower Mirror

One of the websites I browse frequently - as in, more than once a day - is Craftgawker.  The whole premise of the website is inspiration for crafters.  I check it out to get ideas and try some of the tutorials that are posted.  Or just to put myself in a better mood.  :)

Anyway, I ran across a tutorial at Nifty Thrifty Things for an origami flower while browsing Craftgawker one day and decided to make some out of some of the millions of magazines I have floating around my room.  This is what I ended up with:

I got so excited about them that I decided to make a bunch of them one night while I watched Hotel Rwanda with one of my roommates - amazing movie, btw.  As I was making them, I discovered that I could cut off the back pointy end so that it would sit flat without messing it up.  Genius, I know.

I originally planned to arrange mine around a round picture frame but couldn't find one.  So I opted for the mirror instead.

So here's how you make the mirror (one day I'll remember to actually take pictures as I'm making this stuff):
  • Buy a mirror.  I'm pretty sure the one I have is a 10 in.  I got mine at Michael's for $4 or $5. I'm sure I could have found it cheaper somewhere else, but I had a gift card.  
  • Make eight of the origami flowers using the tutorial in the link above.  You might need more or less based on how big you make yours.  I made mine out of magazine pages.  I didn't measure the squares of magazine paper, but they were probably about 4 in x 4 in. 
  • Once you've made the flowers, cut off the back end in such a way that it sits flat.  It's not hard to do.  Just be brave and snip it.  If you made them correctly, they shouldn't fall apart.  
  • I put a dab of hot glue on the back side where I made the cut just to make sure it doesn't fall apart.  
  • Once the hot glue dries, arrange them - evenly spaced - along your mirror's edge, and hot glue each one in place. 
  • Add a loop to the back so you can hang it on the wall.
And you're done!  Pretty easy and definitely cheap!  I especially love that it has a certain tropic feel to it that rings in the summer.  Happy crafting!


Antonella said...

I love these flowers and the fact that you recycled magazines... they really look nice! Putting them on the mirror with the reflection adds extra depth! I know you have this linked up at J&Ms Strut Your Stuff link party too.
Hugs, Antonella :-)


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Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

This is beautiful! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: I hope to see you soon!
~Macy said...

Very pretty. :) Following from Not Just a Housewife. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. The most viewed link will receive a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels from my etsy shop. Hope to see you there.


MBC Scrapbooking said...

What a pretty idea! I am a paper crafter, but I've never made origami- I'd love to try this.
Pinning and tweeting your post right now:) Thanks!

raising4princesses said...

how pretty! I really enjoy this idea. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kendall - so so pretty! I love origami but haven't progressed beyond a butterfly. I should try more subjects - your flowers are so pretty!

Ashley said...

so pretty!!! origami is way fun. great job

Kitty said...

SO cute! That is such a great idea!

Found you on Ginger's Wedenesday blog hop!


Jessica said...

What a cute idea! Those flowers could be used for so many things - thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

What a great idea!! Love it!!! said...

Featuring YOU today in my {take a look at you} post. Thank you so much for sharing this at my party last week. :)