DIY clay flowers are so easy to make and really fun up a tween mirror (or any item)! Get a colorful and retro look in less than an hour.
My tween daughter has been wanting to do a DIY project to update her simple floor mirror on a budget, and this idea seemed perfect.
It’s a pretty easy and affordable project – I’ll walk you through all the steps and materials needed.
Gather your supplies:
• Foam clay
• Acrylic paint
• Paint brush
• Hot glue gun & glue sticks
• Plastic baggie or plastic shopping bags (optional)
• Foil, drop cloth, or cardboard to protect surface
• Mirror or any item you want to add some fun to
I removed the foam from the package and divided into three sections nearly the same size (one for each petal color), and one other section about half the size of the larger three (for the flower center). There is enough foam for 10-11 flowers – they don’t have to be perfectly sized.
Next it was time to add color to the foam – starting with my center yellow I tried using a plastic baggie and to distribute the yellow color.
Once the flower centers were covered in yellow, I rolled them into round balls.
This paint method worked decently well for the yellow color, but wasn’t as bold as I had hoped, so I decided I’d try another painting method for the petals.
It was time to roll the five petal petal balls (5 balls per flower). I ensured that all five balls in the same color were as close to the same size as possible.
Once the balls were rolled, it was time to try the direct painting method, starting with a blush pink.
Then it was time for the coral paint, followed by a hot pink paint for the third batch.
I set the painted balls aside for about 20 minutes to dry, which was much quicker than I expected.
Once fully dry, I organized the DIY clay flowers by size and color.
Using my hot glue gun, I glued the five petals to the center yellow of the flower.
I squeezed the petals firmly with my free hand as the hot glue dried, which helped the flower pieces squish and mold into one solid piece.
After repeating the hot glue steps I had my colorful DIY clay flowers! Using my extra paint, I touched up some areas for a more bold color.
It was time to hot glue the flowers to the mirror.
I laid out the flowers on the floor exactly how I wanted them to appear on the mirror.
Next up, I simply hot glued the flowers to the top of the mirror until I was happy with the look
Then I repeated the same steps across the bottom of the mirror and stepped back to admire our upcycled mirror.
My daughter and I decided that it was missing something – metallic gold foil tape, which I added to the left and right sides of the mirror.