- Hot glue gun
- Retractable knife
- Small, sharp blade
- Sponge brush
- 4 pieces of 2-ply cardboard at 17.5 x 25 cm
- Hot glue
- White craft glue
- Sheet of paper
- Brown Kraft paper
- Sand paper
- Rice paper
- Masking tape
- Small mirror, around 10.7 X 14 cm
- Stickers (optional)
- Acrylic paint
- Clear varnish
- Craft gold dusting (optional)
For the Moroccan-style frame
- Cut a piece of paper to size of mirror
- Draw half of a Moroccan ogee arch
- Fold paper in half. Cut out arch, keeping the outline. This will be the stencil for your frame.
- With the retractable knife, cut 2 pieces of 2-ply cardboard to size
- Attach the 2 pieces together with masking tape.
- Cut out interior of the arch:
- Use the retractable knife for straight lines
- Use the smaller blade for curved lines
- Using hot glue, glue cardboard together.
- Smooth down sides of arch with sand paper.
- Line the interior of the arch with masking tape.
- Using craft glue, cover the entire surface of the frame with small pieces of Kraft paper
TIP: Rip the Kraft paper instead of cutting it to give your frame an old-world look.
- With a sponge brush, spread a thin layer of gesso over the frame. Let dry.
- Once dry, smooth down with sand paper.
- Outline contours of frame with a marker
- Add some interest and depth with stickers.
- Create a gold border using glue and gold dust.
- Spread frame with another layer of gesso and let dry.
- Smooth down with sand paper.
- Paint frame in the color of your choice. Don't forget the sides of the frame and a few centimeters in back. This will give your frame some polish.
Putting the mirror together
- Trace mirror on 2 pieces of cardboard.
- Cut along lines and remove cardboard. This will be for the back of your mirror.
- Glue pieces of cardboard together.
- Glue back of mirror to the cardboard.
- Cover the back with rice paper and attach using craft glue diluted with water.
- Spread 2 layers of varnish over frame. Sprinkle with gold dust.