Neiman marcus sells a mirror almost exactly like this for $550. Keep watching to see step by step how i made this version for $30. Welcome to artsy cupcake. If you are new here welcome! My name is maria and i’m a full time graphic designer but i hop on to youtube every week to bring you creative inspiration with fashion, recipe and home decor ideas.
Today i am going to show you how to make this gorgeous mirror in just a few easy steps. This is part of the look for less challenge hosted by the latina next door and coffee with my sunshine. There will be a playlist with a bunch of other videos showing how to make a dupe of a more expensive home decor item for less money and I will link that in the description box below along with all the materials you will need for this butterfly mirror project.
So here is the mirror i found at neiman marcus, which i thought was so beautiful. I tend to use gold as accents in my home, but you could recreate this in any color that matches your decor. This is a design from jamie young and goes for $550 on neiman marcus.
I love this but personally didnt want to spend that much on a mirror. I love butterflies and if you saw my jewelry must haves videos you may remember one of my most sentimental pieces of jewelry is a gold butterfly necklace from my parents.
Now the jamie young piece is solid brass which i am sure contributes to the high cost and the workmanship makes it a beautiful piece of art worthy of the $550 price tag, i’m sure. but to make my own version for only $30, i had to be resourceful with materials, so let me show you what i picked up to make my very own butterfly mirror.
I found these 3d paper butterflies on amazon. There were 100 of the butterflies. I like that they have a little dot on the back where i could secure the glue dots that came with the package of butterflies.
The bodies are plastic and the wings are a heavyweight paper. I love how the wings flutter a little if a breeze goes by the mirror. The colors are beautiful and i felt leaving them without painting them gold would be another great option for this mirror.
you will need a round mirror to make this dupe. This one is 12 inches across. I found this round plain mirror at michaels and it was surprisingly cheap at only $5. They had quite a few unadorned mirrors in various shapes, so you could easily create this with a square or rectangular shaped mirror if you prefer.
I also got the metallic gold spray paint at michaels for $7. So here is a look at the supplies you will need and i will link as much as i can in the description box below for you. Butterflies: $13 Mirror: $5 Spray Paint: $7 Gorilla Glue: $4 Frame Hook: $1 $30 Step 1: Ok the first step is to spray paint those butterflies.
I picked out the ones that were smaller so i could use more around the perimeter of the mirror and saved the big ones for a possible future project. i opened up their wings and I wanted to do this outside so i did have to tack them down so they wouldnt fly away while they were drying.
they came with some glue dots to make that task easier and these glue dots are surprisingly strong. I only needed to worry about painting the fronts since this will be on a wall but i did try to angle some of the paint underneath the wings too.
it is usually humid in texas so there was some moisture in the air but they still came out well. the nozzle kept leaking onto my finger so i would recommend wearing rubber gloves and doing this on a dry day.
step 2 is to add a hook on the back of the mirror so you can hang this butterfly mirror in your home. The nice thing is that since these butterflies are so light the overall weight of the mirror is low so you dont need any heavy duty hanging hooks like you sometimes do with large mirrors.
i just used some gorilla glue and this picture frame hook and it should be good to go with one nail in the wall. Step 3: next we need to glue the butterflies to the mirror. I used those really strong glue dots that came with the butterflies and just created a pattern of butterflies how i thought looked best and tried to give it that 3 dimensional effect.
It doesnt have to be perfect, just go around until you feel the density of the butterflies is substantial. and even though those glue dots are super strong, they can be adjusted if you want to rearrange the set up.
since there is no dry time with those glue dots we can move right into step 4 which is to give that mirror a good clean to get off the smudges. now this mirror is ready to hang. Ok lets compare my $30 version to the $550 one.
What do you guys think of my version? I am really happy with how it came out. If you end up making your own version of this mirror, make sure to tag me on instagram. because i would love to see how yours looks! If you enjoyed this diy tutorial and want to see more videos like this one please subscribe so we can get to know each other.
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