Monday, March 5, 2012

Tutorial: Altered Hand Mirror with Recycled T-Shirt Collar Rose and Scrap-It-Girl's "Go Green" Challenge Info

Happy Monday, All! Today I'm going to share with you a tutorial demonstrating how I dressed up a plain old hand mirror that I purchased at Dollar Tree for a buck:

Begin by cutting the collar off of an old t-shirt:

Using coordinating thread and a running stitch, stitch along one edge of the collar. When you reach the end of the collar, gently pull the thread to gather the fabric which will create a rosette. Once you've achieved the flower shape that you like, stitch it together on the bottom to hold it in place. (My flower ended up with two rosette shapes on one flower!)

Set your rosette aside. Trace the shape of the mirror onto the wrong side of a piece of patterned paper and cut out. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the mirror:

Place the piece of decorative paper on the Mod Podged mirror back, lining up the edges of the paper with the edges of the mirror, then add a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper and set aside to dry:

Once the mirror is dry, you can decorate your mirror as desired! I used LOTS of "blingy" products from Hobby Lobby to decorate mine...

Here's a close-up view of the recycled t-shirt collar rose with bling centers and felt leaves with bling "veins":

And another look at the entire, finished project:

Since March is a "Go-Green" kinda month, this will be the first of several recycled "Trash to Treasure" projects that I'll be sharing with you! Also, the monthly challenge at Scrap-It-Girl is to create a project using a recycled item! (It can be a card, scrapbook layout, altered item...whatever suits your fancy!) Click HERE to check out the challenge and to see some of the wonderful entries. Here is the prize package being given away by Scrap-It-Girl to this month's winning entry:

This AWESOME prize package contains the following:

A white 8×8 board book, 6×6 white board book, Mini Notebook for altering, CD case, 5×7 Canvas Corp Stretched Canvas, 5×7 black frame, mini tin, 6 pieces of altered art shapes, and Pink Paislee Mistables trim… all of these items are for your future altered art projects!! You can enter this fun challenge up to 3 times. Good Luck and Go Green!! Make sure you add Scrap-It-Girl to your list of challenges this month!!

Wishing you a blessed day!



  1. Wow, wow, wow! So many good ideas wrapped up in one terrific tutorial. Well done! :-)

  2. What a fabulous idea! I know lots of girls that would love one of these.

  3. OMG, how clever is this?!? What a great idea for an altered project ... and this is so beautifully done! TFS!!

  4. Cute Cute! Love the Rosette! Smiles, Jill

  5. Becky, I don't know if you saw but you were the winner of my blog candy. Please stop by my blog to get the details.

  6. It looks like a million dollar mirror now! You are so creative Becky! Love it.

  7. Thank you so much for joining Jaihart's link party! Hope you're having a super day! Smiles, Jill


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