DIY Three Covered Mirrors for $5, no kidding!

This is a project in process. Why? Because I haven’t finished it yet. Then why am I telling you about it? Because there are only three more days in February and I’m going to Nashville for a week so there won’t be another chance.

What is it? Covered mirrors. There is probably a legit crafty name for it but I don’t know it and Google doesn’t help you when you don’t know what things are called.

I took three Malma mirrors from Ikea and covered two with leftover fabric from my remnant pillowcases and the third I covered with leftover wallpaper from my wallpaper project.

Now, I should say I thought I got a smoking deal because I picked three up for $5 at the discount furniture place but when I looked up how much they sell for I realized I’m only saving a bit—they retail for $2.99 each. So I did get a deal, and if I had gone to Ikea then I could only have done two mirrors for $5 not three, so that’s a bonus. Three is the right number.

This was an improvised project to say the least.

I started by roughly measuring, then scoring the middle where I needed to cut for the mirror. Then I used spray adhesive to the max and stuck it on. The fabric went a lot smoother than the wallpaper. That stuff did not want to listen and I ended up with more on me than I did the actual project.

But in the end I think they’re off to a great start. They definitely need to dry for a week (maybe not a week but that’s how long I’m leaving them for) before I can trim the excess and work on making them pretty.

My end plan is to use ribbon or create some sort of icord or…that finishing stuff people use on pillows to put on the inside of the mirror to hide how not straight my cutting was.

This is a really quick and easy gift (except for the drying time) to put together and even though I think I’m going to give this one to me (it matches my stuff…) I could see myself working a bit harder on making some really neat covered mirrors for housewarming gifts.

I don’t know how you price out the remnants of remnants used here, since I originally purchased them for a different project altogether. In my mind they were free, so I really only spent $5 this time around.

Fabric loaf wrap for under $5 [Gift Idea]

Homemade loaf of bread makes a great gift

Fabric tea towel to wrap homemade loaf of bread

I will admit I kind of sort of took the easy way out on this project. Sort of.

Yes, I did bake bread from scratch. It took an entire Saturday and forced me to buy things like yeast and whole wheat flour, but I’d say it was entirely worth it (even if the bread TOTALLY looks homemade). I’d like to thank Kinneyland for recommending the bread recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook—it really was straightforward and even though I completely botched the amount of yeast I should put in (I always seem to mix up tablespoons and teaspoons) and forgot the hot water until later, thus risking losing my fingerprints because I nearly burned them off…

stopping rant in order to catch figurative breath

Anyway, the bread wasn’t related to the blog at first, but then my mom lent me this amazing book from Company’s Coming called Gifts from the Kitchen. In it are all these amazing gift ideas from, well, the kitchen.

I flipped through it, then fingered through paying closer attention, then I passed it around the room so others could look, then I took it home with me.

And then I remembered the bread and thought, what a great idea!

Bread all wrapped up in a tea towel

Anyway, why I say I took the easy way out is because I already had the bread and the towel and the ribbon. But now that I think about it, that’s the point of this book! Presenting this fabric loaf wrap makes a regular thing special without the pressure of going out and purchasing something no one really needs. Genius.

There are loads of ideas in this book and I’ll probably try a few of them.

  • Homemade chips
  • Homemade Kahlua and Amaretto
  • Homemade air freshener
  • Jar toppers
  • DECOUPAGE
  • Grog and coffee mixes
  • …on and on and on

Some of the stuff in this book is too crafty for me, but with nearly 200 pages to work with, I don’t mind leaving those to the more ambitious kitchenistas.

PS Bread is really cheap to make from scratch, and I even added fiber and honey. I think I made four loaves for under $5 and I stock most of the ingredients already

PPS I might end up borrowing this book for a while