Welcome back Sparkle chicks. I am so excited to share this DIY I created over two lives. This was such a fun project to create with all of you sharing your ideas with me. Without further ado let’s go over the creation of this Unicorn in the looking glass. Oh, and if you missed the lives, you can watch them on replay HERE and HERE.
What you’ll need:
- Mirror (Hobby Lobby) or use one you have on hand
- Unicorn Head (Wall hanging from Hobby Lobby)
- Decoupage Queen Rice Papers (Get it HERE)
- Diamond Dust (Get it HERE)
- Hot Glue (Get it HERE) & Hot Glue Gun
- Epoxy Resin Kit (Hobby Lobby)
- Plastic cups and spoon or knife for mixing your epoxy
- Dazzled Bling (Get yours HERE)
- Matte Mod Podge
- Heat Gun (Get it HERE) optional
- Dark Wax (Bher Dark Wax)
- Wax Brush and lint free cloth
- Glass rocks assorted sizes
- Liquid Gold (Get it HERE)
- Sanding Sponge
- Small sanding file
Let’s get started
Begin by prepping your mirror, if it is not already white make sure to paint it white to get the best results from your decoupage paper.
Personally for this project I found it better to tear the decoupage paper to add to my mirror, feel free to use whatever method works best for you.
Start by painting on your Mod Podge, then add your decoupage papers to the mirror frame. Don’t worry too much about over hang or the inside/outside edges.
Next, take your sanding sponge and lightly sand away the excess decoupage paper. For the inside of the mirror frame I used a small file.
Seal it up
Finish up the decoupage by touching up any spots that may have had missing pieces. Finally, cover the papers with a final coat of Mod Podge then dry.
Gold gold gold
Start by taking your liquid gold and painting along the frame all the places you didn’t decoupage. I also added liquid gold on the inside edge of the mirror frame.
Wax on wax off
Take your unicorn head and remove all stickers and hardware off the back.
Begin by taking your dark wax and going over the whole unicorn head. Next, take your paper towel or cloth and wipe back the excess, this will give your unicorn bust dimension.
Diamond dust and gold
Take your unicorn head and decide where you would like to place your diamond dust. For this project I wanted to dust the unicorn mane. Take your Mod Podge and coat the places where you want to diamond dust. My favorite way to apply diamond dust is with a parm cheese shaker, fill that baby up and shake, shake, shake it over your Mod Podge,
Next, take your liquid gold and paint your horn.
decorate with decoupage and diamond dust
Decoupage some of the design from your left over paper, in this case it was the flowers on the unicorns body. Next, I took the Mod Podge covered only the flowers then sprinkled diamond dust. Remember it will look cloudy until dry.
Start by lining up your unicorn on the mirror, ensuring your placement will be center. Next, Take your E6000 and apply a generous amount to the back. Finally, add your hot glue to the back to help with instant adhesion, this will also help give the E6000 time to set.
Epoxy and unicorns
This next step is dependent on the type of epoxy resin you choose, make sure to follow the label of your brand. Once your epoxy is ready to use you will take your glass rocks and place a large portion of them surrounding the unicorn bust. Fan out your rocks from the center to achieve that bursting through the mirror effect.
Gently poor your epoxy over your stones, and add more stones throughout this process, even add some glitter to make it extra sparkly. (The glitter I used for this was more larger sequin style.)
Flood coat the whole mirror surface to keep the mirror bursting effect, then take your heat gun and go over your epoxy work to pop any bubbles that would have surfaced.
Finally ensure that your unicorn mirror in a flat place to cure, this can take 24 to 48 hours depending on your epoxy.
This was one of our longer projects we’ve done, but totally worth it, don’t you think. This project as all the right things, beauty, whimsy, unique and for sure a show stopper. Thanks for stopping by sparkle chicks and creating this fun project with me. I would love to see your take on this unicorn mirror so make sure to tag me when you create yours!
Your sparkly friend,