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Photo Striped Compact Mirror

A small compact mirror can often be a girl’s best accessory.  However, stores think they can capture your attention and place all these little cute expensive mirrors right next to the register. The problem is, the mirror would not be able to fulfill its destiny if you were to purchase it.  These small dolled up reflective glass accessories tend to cost so much that you will probably spend as much on the mirror as the item that you walked up to the register with.

I have a solution.  Capture some fun patterns in an easy fashion.  A photo striped mirror.

Start with the mirror. Not the cleanest, I assure you it does not matter.

Tape around the sides so that you don’t end up gluing your mirror shut.

Then, take some old photos that you don’t want anymore, and chose sections that have a lot of color, or patterns, or some type of visual interest that you enjoy.  *Note- you will only be using a section so the visual interest has to be small patterned so that when you cut the picture, its still visually interesting.

You could choose a color theme , or like here I have all Ohio State.

Here I chose to add in a little greenery to break it up.

I also put them on a piece of tape so I could make sure they looked good all next to each other. Not necessary though.

Glue it all down. I used a little stronger shiner version of a modge podge, however you probably should use actual glue to glue and modge podge to make it shiny.  Glue around the edges too.

And your finished product! Shiny, personal, and new!


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Stripping the Stripes

Stripes in the home can create a lot of different vibes, all very powerful.

Here are some really great examples.

On HGTV Design Star, they created rooms for Kris Kardashian and this one  I lovedddd the walls.

Another cool way to incorporate stripes into your design is from the floor up!

Here’s one that’s kind of retro. Very cool.

You can also choose to create stripes on the floor with 2 different shades of wood flooring.  It adds another element to the room and adds so interest in an understated way.


For creating your own stripes, check out DIY Striping Paint Techniques.

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Paneled Bulletin Board

I absolutely hate concocting an idea in my head and watching as it fails in front of you.  However, in this particular instance, we do not have a failure on our hands. Instead, we have genius!  From  a previous flop of an experiment, I was left with a bulliten board that left much to the imagination. It just was not good. So to cover up the horrendus amount of flailing glitter I had on my hands, I decided to turn to my favorite friend, the stripe.

So here’s what I started with.

What I wanted to do was make panels.

So I started with a couple rulers, a cutting board, some cardboard, cut from a shoe box or any kind of box, (but it is very important alll of the cardboard you use is the same thickness. Otherwise it will look funny), and then also very important, a VERY sharp exacto knife.

VERY SHARP. Scissors wont work.  Even with this it wont be perfect, but its handmade and this is the best I could do without breaking out my dad’s electric sawing equipment.

So using fabric glue and 2 kinds of yellow fabric, which was actually all I could find but it ended up being nice and bright and cheery, I fastened the fabric onto cardboard panels in a fashion that resembled stretching fabric over a seat cushion.   I recommend heavy weights to keep it staying down while the glue dries. It can be a little messy.


Here’s the back of it.

And then the fronts.

One other trick to go along with that, make sure you press the fabric down smoothly.  Sometimes there are fold creases, all you have to do is smooth it out first.  And smear your glue around before you put the fabric down.  Otherwise you’ll see those glue lines on the front and it will probably be even more messy than it already is because the glue will seep through.

Before you begin assembling the panels to the corkboard, you’re going to want to paint the trim.

I went with an acrylic paint called Basics. I also went with a bright magenta to really contrast the yellow and kind of give it a country look.

So, when you begin to assemble it should look something like this.  It might not alllll fit perfectly, but I promise, it will all come together nicely.

The next thing to do is glue all of the pieces down.  

I used something like Hard as Nails glue. You want something strong and sturdy so that it will hold the pieces down well.

You can see I used those paint jars as weights. They didn’t work the greatest but luckily most of my pieces fit together well. If they dont, it is cardboard, so you can kind of squeeze it into place until the glue dries. I had to do that for one of mine.

But it is worth it.

When its all finished, add your pictures and some extra cute **button push pins** ,  its a huge improvement.