It’s been about a year or two since the geometric trend took on the world of design. These days, it’s still going strong. In fact, it’s become more of a design staple than a trend — and I’m so into it. That’s why I couldn’t help but transform Darice’s awesome octagon mirror into a chic abstract DIY tray. Made with nothing more than wooden dowels and spray paint, this simple project is perfect for beginners and your wallet. It’s the easiest way to add an artistic touch to your desk or vanity, too!
- Darice Octagon Mirror with Beveled Edge.
- Darice 3/16 x 12-inch Wood Dowel Rods (2).
- Sand Paper.
- Darice Gold Spray Paint.
- Darice Hot Glue Gun.
- Heavy-Duty Pliers.
Step 1. To begin your DIY tray tutorial, cut a 4.5-inch piece off of one wooden dowel.
To do this, simply place the dowel in between the cutting portion of the pliers, 4.5 inches from the end. Clamp down tightly. In order to create a clean cut, you may have to rotate the dowel and cut again in the same spot. Gently bend and break the wood.
This piece is about as long as one side of the octagon. It will be the top part of the “handle”.
Step 2. Cut three 1.75-inch pieces from the leftover wooden dowel. You can make these longer or shorter, if you’d like. They’ll be the “feet” of the handle that attach to the mirror.
Step 5. Head outside and spray paint the wooden pieces. As always, proper ventilation is necessary when using spray paint.
Don’t forget to cover up your work space, too! Here’s a tip: add a strip of double stick tape to scrap cardboard or poster board and adhere the wooden pieces. This will prevent them from rolling around as you apply spray paint.
Repeat Steps 1-4 at least one more time to create a second handle for your DIY tray. To create additional handles for more than two sides of the octagon mirror, simply repeat Steps 1-4.
Step 6. While you’re outside, give the mirror a quick helping of spray paint. Don’t think too much about this part; just spray random lines across the mirror for an abstract look. Between the reflective nature of the mirror and the sparkle of metallic paint, you’ll be left with an eye-catching, glistening vibe for your DIY tray.
Step 7. Hot glue three short wooden pieces to one side of the octagon mirror.
Would you use gold or a different color for your abstract mirror DIY tray? Let us know in the comments, below! Check out another great mirror project with gold accents, DIY sunburst mirror.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.