I'm starting a new series! Yippee! I ranted a teensy tiny itty bit the other day about my 10 part series (The Feast of the Flower which is still going on btw... and, yes I'll finish it...). But I can't help myself. I have a 3-part series that's taking up valuable space in my tiny brain and I have to purge it to make room for thinking.
This series is called "And Then There Were Tree". Because it's about making trees. I like plants, K? AnyWAY, I was inspired by Arlette over at the wondrous crafty blog Polka Dot Pineapple. She makes these really cool recycled denim coasters using the remnants of jeans. And so I ran with the denim disc idea and came up with three simple little crafts of my own.
Series 2: Part 1
Today I begin with a tree mirror. Place the mirror in your child's room or gift it to them as a back-to-school locker decoration!
You will need:
- the long jean seams that SEEM useless but aren't (I used the seams from 2 pairs of jeans for all 3 crafts in this series.)
- those little decorative metal buttony things on jeans
- a small round mirror (I thrifted mine for pennies.)
- box board (I used a cereal box.)
- craft paper (A gift from my artist friend Bubby.)
- craft glue and a glue gun
1. Making Denim Discs:
Take a jean seam.
Apply a dab of craft glue on the end of your seam.
Continue this glueing and coiling process until you have a disc. Pin the end in place. Let dry.
2. Mirror Design:
- Take your mirror and play with the arrangement of denim discs around the mirror.
- Once you have your design, draw out the shape onto the box board and the craft paper.
- Cut out both the box board and the craft paper shapes. Don't forget to cut out the hole for the mirror.
- Make a hanger by sewing a loop of denim onto the top of your box board shape.
- Now glue the back of the mirror to the box board shape.
- Using a glue gun, glue the craft paper shape to the front of the mirror, and THEN using craft glue attach your denim discs to the craft paper.
- For a final fun touch, glue on those little decorative metal buttony things from your jeans.