It’s Autumn. Rain, blustery winds, grey skies, trees losing their leaves. The odd sunny day then draws me outside to soak up some fresh air and take in all the wonderful colours. It was on such a day that I went for a long walk and started thinking that all these leaves on the ground seemed to go to waste. I mean, they lie there and then rot away, so surely it would only be appropriate to use them in a creative way.

What colours spring to mind at this time of the year? Well, one of them for me is gold. Gold is the colour of autumn along with deep reds, burnished orange and warm browns… Anyway, I decided to collect a stack of leaves and put them to good use. Something that would bring a lovely bit of glitz to the home but still have a natural feel to it.

This is how I came up with this “gold leaf mirror frame”. It’s not very hard to make, so if you’d like to add an autumnal and elegant accessory to your home, why not give this one a go?

The whole project will take around one hour, plus an afternoon for a walk, drying time and overnight flattening time!

 

here's what you'll need...

  • A stack of leaves collected on a nature walk
  • A mirror – one that’s already designed for hanging up
  • PVA glue
  • Gold spray
  • A large piece of craft card – around 7-8cm larger than the mirror
  • A cutting mat
  • A craft knife
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • Old newspaper to protect surfaces when applying the spray (not shown)
  • Books or magazines to weight down the frame over night (not shown)

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Lay your mirror in the middle of the card and draw the outline with the pencil.  With the ruler, measure about 1 – 1.5cm inside the marked out line of the mirror.

    Gold Leaf Mirror Step 2

  • 2

    Using your craft knife and the ruler for guidance, cut out the inner marked out line.  You should now have a ‘frame’ which fits onto your mirror and covers the edges.

    Gold Leaf Mirror Step 3

     

  • 3

    Next, trim the stalks of the leaves.

    Gold Leaf Mirror Step 4

  • 4

    Apply some glue liberally onto the card frame and start sticking the leaves on.  Make sure you also apply some glue onto the leaves where they overlap.  Cover the whole card frame with the leaves.  Leave to dry in a warm space for about half an hour.

    Gold Leaf Mirror Step 7

  • 5

    Cover a surface with newspaper, open your windows and apply the gold spray evenly. As the frame is lying down, there shouldn’t be any problems with dripping paint and one coat should do.  Leave to dry completely before turning it upside down and weighing it down with books or magazines for the night.

    Gold Leaf Mirror Step 8

  • 6

    The next day, apply some glue on the part that will overlap with the mirror, stick it onto the mirror and hold until the glue is dry – it should only take a few minutes.

     

    And that’s it. Now you have a fabulous, autumnal and elegant mirror for your home. I hope you like it!

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By Carole Poirot on 05.11.13

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