Friday, December 18, 2020

A non traditional Holiday Ornament; Day of the Dead mirror

 Here is another addition to the Holiday ornaments all Blank Page Muse DT members are showing this month. The people who know me a bit, know about my love for the darker side of art, and that is why I decided to make an ornament with a skull theme. To make it less scary, glitter paint and gems were used to color the sugar skull stamp by Blank Page Muse.

The plastic mirror was in my stash for a few years, waiting to be altered. I thought it would be the perfect thing to use to make an ornament from. Not just to decorate a (gothic style) Christmas tree but also to be used as decoration for Halloween or Day of the Dead. The only problem was it was cheap looking and had butterflies for decoration. To adjust the look of the mirror to the gothic look I wanted to achieve, some clay skulls were used for decoration. Next step was to transform the mirror frame from plastic to an antique silver look. In the video below all steps are explained.

List of materials:

Stamp used: Blank Page Muse Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls SC 52, designed by Michelle Frae Cummings

Plastic mirror

Transparent piece of plastic (I used an overhead projector sheet)

Black Gesso

Silver Metallic paint

Glitter paint in Red, Green and Silver

Gem stones in red

Clay ornaments (of course you could also use metal or plastic charms)


Ribbon in black and grey

Waterproof permanent stamp ink in black

Stamp tool (makes stamping on plastic easier)

Glue dots or double sided tape (don't use glue on a mirror)

All instructions are in the video here:

This is what the back of the mirror looks like after altering it. I love how the metallic silver paint gives the gothic look I aimed for, Imagine it hanging it next to lights in the Christmas tree, it would catch the light perfectly and be all festive and glittery :-)

I had fun creating this mirror, it's always nice to find a use for things you find in your stash, even if it is not the way it was intended to be used. You might want to have a look at the things you have collected in your stash, you never know what you find :-)

Don't forget to check in at this blog again some day soon for more inspiration.

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