You need: A4 mounting board 2 pieces A4 black colour paper A3 red colour paper 14 disposable plastic Nestle yoghurt spoons 14 translucent egg carton cups 14 white beads (0.5cm wide) CD Round craft mirror (7.5cm diameter) Red silk thread (25cm long and 0.2cm thick) Pencil and ruler Old ballpoint pen (no ink) Compass Scissors and cutter Piercing tool and pliers Silver beading wire PVA and UHU glue Making the mirror décor
1. Measure and trim the mounting board to 21cm square.
2. Measure and trim the A3 red paper to 27cm square. Draw and score a 3cm border inside the paper. Spread glue evenly on one side of the mounting board and press it onto the square drawn on the red paper.
3. Fold the corners of the red paper over into triangles and glue them to the board. Fold the sides of the paper over and glue them to the board.
4. Measure and trim the two pieces of black paper into 20cm squares. Spread glue evenly over one piece and stick it onto the mounting board to cover it. This is the back of the board. Set aside.
5. Draw diagonals on the other piece of black square paper. From the centre of the square, use a compass to draw a circle, 8cm in diameter. Cut out the circle.
6. Turn the paper over. Break off the handles at the hinges of all the disposable plastic yoghurt spoons. Place two spoons on opposite sides of the hole, with backs facing up and short handles pointing inwards. Then arrange and space out six other spoons in between the two spoons on both sides of the hole.
7. Poke the piercing tool through the two holes of each spoon and into the black paper. Remove the spoons. Use a 50cm long beading wire to attach each spoon to the paper by threading through the holes to make a long “stitch”. Tug the wire to keep it taut as you attach the spoons. The dotted lines in the diagram indicate the wire at the back of the paper. Finish stitching by twisting the ends of the wire together at the back to secure them. Cut off any excess.
8. Trim the egg carton cups to a height of 2.5cm. Cut between the 8 sections of the cups transform discards into a work of art. F you fail to see beauty in ordinary items like the colourless disposable plastic spoons and egg carton cups, take a look at how they are used on black paper to form an effective design around a small mirror. Dainty white beads enhance the overall appearance, while the reflective leaves of a CD complement the mirror. From plastic egg carton cups, disposable plastic yoghurt spoons, beads, craft mirror, silk thread, paper and mounting board to separate them and cut them out. You need 14 pieces. Trim these pieces, shaping them into petals. Trim the edges of all the round bases to neaten them, too.
9. Place an egg carton cup petal in between the short handle of two spoons at the rim of the hole. Pierce two holes into the petal and paper 0.5cm apart, about 0.3cm from the rim. Use a 32cm long wire to attach it to the paper with a stitch. Pull the wire taut and continue to attach all the petals one by one in the same way. Finish by twisting the ends of the wire together at the back. Cut off any excess.
10. Pierce a set of holes, 0.5cm apart into the paper in between the spoon bowls, above the petals. Use a 50cm long wire to thread and attach a white bead to the paper between the spoons. Pull the wire taut and continue to attach all the beads in the same way.
11. Place a round base of the egg carton cup in between the top of two spoon bowls. Pierce four holes inside the circle into the paper. Use a short length of wire to attach it with a cross-stitch to the paper. Twist the ends of the wire together. Attach all the egg carton cup bases in the same way.
12. Turn the paper over and spread glue evenly to the back. Paste it to the front of the wrapped mounting board, taking care to align the sides to form a 0.5cm border all round.
13. Cut strips from the CD. Trim 12 elliptical shapes from the strips. Arrange and use UHU glue to stick them in threes at the corners of the board.
14. Spread UHU glue evenly onto the circle in the middle. Press the mirror to the centre. Then glue the silk thread in the space around it. Display the mirror on a picture stand.