Greetings friends!! I hope this week is off to a lovely start. Last Friday I went to my girlfriend’s house to work on a DIY oyster mirror with oysters she had cleaned and bleached out in the sun after an oyster roast. It turned out just gorgeous and was the perfect project for a inexpensive outdated mirror I had laying around.
DIY Oyster Mirror
All you need is a mirror, oysters, and hot glue!
- If your mirror has a dark frame, first paint it white so it’s cohesive with the oyster shell color.
- Lay out a frame of oysters around the outer rim of the mirror.
- Create a second layer, tucked in between the first layer of oysters. It doesn’t matter if they sit all the way on the mirror as long has the bottoms are in contact with the frame. If your mirror is flat than you can secure them to the glass and frame.
Start hot gluing them into place! I used a heavier duty hot glue gun than my usual small craft one. It worked very well. You can see that I tried a different adhesive but the hot glue worked the best.
Keep a glass of ice water nearby for hot glue burns on your fingers. Works like a charm! (You can see I’m speaking from experience.) But please be careful!!
The finished mirror. 🙂
I want to mention since the mirror I used was a cheap one that was light weight, the oyster shells made it a bit heavier but it held up just fine.
Isn’t the texture amazing? It now hangs above my tall dresser. I styled it with Daphne who is wearing some Hawaiian and jade beads. She needed to be a little taller to balance out the mirror so I propped her up on a couple of home decor books.
Here is the tutorial for the peonies and ranunculus tissue paper flowers that are in the bud vase.
You might also enjoy these shell related DIYs!