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How many times have you been at a thrift store, garage sale, or flea market and you’ve seen mirrors just like these? It seems they’re everywhere!

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On a recent thrift store excursion (which for me can cross the line from habit to obsession—just ask my hubby), I came across a set of four mirrors priced right at .99 cents each. Right up my budget-minded alley! I thought to myself, “What kind of thrift store DIY project can I do to turn these into something different and special to hang on the wall?” To be even more frugal, I challenged myself not to buy a bunch of extras to make the mirrors interesting, but rather to search through the mountain of stuff I already have on hand.

Upon close inspection of all the crafting items I have at home, I came across a package of artificial white rose petals. You can buy these packages in lots of dollar stores or any craft store in the wedding section, and they’re very affordable. I would only need one package to do four mirrors of this size. I think I’m on to something here! I decided to use a couple coats of a pretty gray paint on the frames to modernize their look. Then, I added the rose petals to give the frames texture while allowing the pretty gray to show through.

My process:

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1. Clean the mirrors and frames to remove any dust that might mar the paint job.

2. Paint the frames—I used two coats of Americana Décor Art Craft Paint.

3. Lay the petals randomly on the mirror.

4. Attach the petals to the frame with Tacky Glue. (You can use your favorite brand of crafting glue or a glue gun if you prefer. I generally avoid glue guns because I burn myself, and I’ve found that the cool melt glue guns don’t always make a good bond.

5. If you want, you can paint the petals like I did to create a unique look. You can also choose petals that are already colored – or you can leave them white!

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6. Select a space in your home where you want to display your final project. I chose a wall in our bedroom that needed a little somethin’ somethin’ to change things up.

7. Decide how you want to hang them. I chose to form one large square from the four smaller squares, but be as creative as you like. A diamond, or a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line would be a simple choice. If you have quite a few mirrors, you can use them to make a curved shape.

8. Stand back, admire, and enjoy!

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Now what will you do next to love where you live?