Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd, which means this weekend is the perfect time to start a fun earth-friendly DIY project that your family can really get into! I found a really fun and easy DIY project to share, which not only gets everyone involved, but also uses items you already have in your household - so you can recycle and reduce waste while creating new art for your home.
When I was in college, one of my best friends had this amazing mirror in her room that looked just like the one you see here on the left! The border was made from old magazine pages, however I always figured she bought it somewhere really trendy, and it never even crossed my mind to think that I could do this project on my own! Today while browsing pinterest I found this amazingly fun recycling project, and with Earth Day being early next week, I figured it would be the perfect DIY project to share. For a complete how-to, Check out Fleeting Thing's blog for a great picture tutorial...
You Will Need:
One Flat Mirror (any size will do - if you don't have one at home, try a home goods store, ikea or dollar store that will have inexpensive mirrors for sale)
1. Cut a cardboard square that is 2 inches larger that the mirror on each side.
2. Glue the back of the mirror to the cardboard.
3. To create the outer edge of frame, cut four pieces of cardboard and fold them into rectangle boxes, (this may vary on the shape you have chosen for your mirror).
4. Cut your magazine pages into strips, (the width should equal the height of the edge of the box).
5. Roll your strips into thin tubes and glue them to the edges.
6. Trim any excess magazine with an x-acto knife or scissors.
7. Roll more tubes of paper to create the front panels of the mirror.
8. To preserve your mirror, spray with a coat of varnish.
There are so many things that you can do with your "garbage" or leftover items that you have in your home, rather than turning them into waste that takes up room in our landfills, and pollutes our precious earth. Everything from recycling and decorating your old wine bottles to creating trash cans made up of magazine clippings...the sky is the limit. Preserve our earth while making your home a more beautiful, GREEN place!