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DIY: Painted Mirror Frame

When Mike and I unpacked all of our possessions almost a year ago, I came across some items that were meant for crafts. As the months passed by, I finally had a couple nights to myself, so I brought out the paints!

First, I looked at Pinterest to point me in a direction of awesomeness. I had two unused, plain wooden mirrors in front of me that needed some love.


The only place for the mirrors were in our “powder room,” which has a beach theme. So, I decided the color must be blue. (Now, in hindsight, it was probably too matchy-matchy…)

So, I poured a glass of wine and let the creativity flow.



  • Mirror(s)
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Tape (optional)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paper Plate



Lay down newspaper, with mirror on top. I used a mirror with a wooden frame, and it didn’t need to be cleaned because it was wrapped in plastic. However, if you bought one from the thrift store and/or is of a different material, be sure to wipe it clean.

After mirrors are dry, pick a design you like. For one mirror I chose stripes, so I did a base coat of the lighter color, white. Allow time to dry. While the other mirror I decided to do a faded blue. Again, painting a base layer of the lighter color, light blue.


The faded blue was a little difficult because it was constantly layering the darker colors, and I was never happy with the outcome. Plus, you need to allow some time to dry to add more colors, but not too much, as you want them to blend.


The stripes were something I haven’t tried before. (I usually don’t trust painters tape, because I always think the paint will seep through, and that doesn’t make me a happy camper). Anyways, I gave it a go. Added about 2-3 layers of the blue to make it darker and to make sure there weren’t any weird streaks.


I allowed a few hours to dry before removing tape. At that point, I decided that the striped mirror needed some flare and so I added some glue in the shape of an anchor and poured glitter on it! Allowed drying time overnight, and hung the next day.

Note: if you are painting on wood, remember to paint with the grain, not against it, as this will create weird splotches/streaks.

a mother’s birthday gift

As we all know, Mother’s Day is every day. And I am lucky enough to have my mother in my life and get to celebrate her birthday every year, the day after mine!

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The past few years I have lived away from home, so my mom usually receives a card around this time. But the craft bug has bitten me, so I decided to provide her with a gift from the heart.

There were two handmade gifts and one letter.

The first, was a wine cork heart I crafted on a heart shaped cardboard cutout; and then finished the design with paint.

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  • Cardboard
  • Wine corks
  • Gorilla glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Newspaper


Simply cut out the design of your choice from cardboard. I found the heart shape in word, printed the desired size, and used that as my outline. Glue the wine corks down to the board and allow drying time. Choose color(s) you would like the shape to be and paint away. I decided on a faded red – pink color, so mine took a couple coats and some time to mix the colors to get the shades I desired. Allow drying time, and ta-dah!

For gift number two, I decided on a frame that enclosed words to describe and spell mother. I found this idea on Pinterest, however, I was not about to purchase the product. So…





  • Computer and printer
  • Scissors
  • Frame
  • Glue (optional)
  • Flowers (optional)


Depending on the person, pick out a name that you wish to showcase; and from that name, use words to describe them that have letters to match up to their name. I picked up a frame on sale at TJMAXX for around $5. My frame was 5×7 so I used the ruler in word to guestimate the approximate size the letters needed to be. I chose my colors to match my accessories I added to the frame. After cutting the “picture” to size and placing in frame, you now have the option to add accessories. Allow drying time.

My third gift was a little more special. I took the idea from Thanksgiving, when you say one thing every day in November that you are thankful for. So, my mom has a birthday right after mine, and since I will be twenty eight this year, I wrote her 28 things I was thankful for, obviously directed towards her. After I finished, I printed it out and realized I should have printed it out on some cuter paper, so I decided to draw some cute paisleys on mine. This gift was then folded into the card I got her.


My mom and I have this problem, as I’m sure most do… it is very hard to hold onto a gift for a long period of time. So, my mom received her gift about 2 weeks early, and she LOVED it.


I love thinking of unique gifts to give people, but I get no greater joy than actually giving the gift. That brings true joy to my heart.

I hope this inspires you to create and give gifts from the heart!



DIY: Personalized Mugs

Just some markers and a mug “they” said. Just put it in the oven they said. Here is my DIY personalized mug…


  • Coffee Mug(s)
  • Oil Based Sharpie(s)
  • Oven
  • Letter Stickers (optional)
  • Cookie Sheet

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  • 10-20 minutes to create
  • 1 hour to cook


  1. Wash and dry mug.
  2. Place Sticker(s) on mug and get creative.
  3. Dry for 10 minutes and peel sticker off.
  4. Put in cold oven on a cookie sheet. Turn oven to 350F for 35 minutes. Turn off.
  5. Keep mugs in oven until cool.

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Overall, I was happy with the outcome. Could it have been better? Yes. Should I have done a practice round before crafting this for a gift? Yes. Did my best friend, Amanda, love it? Yes, that’s what best friends are for. Would I do this again? Yes. Do I want to sharpie everything in the house? Duh.

Notes: I did not wash after decorating/cooking in the oven, so I have no idea what they will do. I have heard mixed reviews and that hand washing was the only way to go. If Amanda decides to keep them, I will ask her and update the post.

Another piece of advice: after opening up the sharpies, push down several times on a sheet of paper until the liquid begins to seep to the point.

When I took the sticker off, some of the sharpie liquid had seeped under. So, I had to get a q-tip with nail polish remover on it to remove the sharpie in unwanted places.

EXTRA: I saw several different designs on Pinterest and google. Get creative and take a chance.