How to give a mirror a DIY makeover with one of our Ceiling Roses

DAS recently had the honour of having it's 530 Diameter ceiling rose used in a great DIY project: the making of a feature mirror. The end product is striking and attractive, and we hope that many more of you will be inspired to take up a similar project!

The article, Easy DIY mirror with ceiling rose by Janice Anderssen, was posted on easyDIY.co.za, and you can click here to read the original >>

You will need:

  • Plaster or polystyrene ceiling rose
  • Circular mirror cut to size*
  • Craft knife
  • Sovent-free glue
  • Acrylic or water-based paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Rope, string or braid to finish

*Any glass or mirror supplier can cut mirror to any shape or size

Here's how:

1. You want the mirror to sit as flat as possible on the surface of the ceiling rose, so use a craft knife to remove any raised detail.

First Step

2. The ceiling rose we used had quite a bit of raised detail. Use the mirror to mark on the ceiling rose how much raised detail needs to be removed.

Step 2

3. Continue to use a sharp craft knife to remove as much detail as possible so that the mirror sits as flat as possible.

Step 3


Good to know:

Don't remove too much - you still need to allow a border on which to mount the mirror.


Don't remove too much of the border.

4. Paint the mirror with acrylic or water-based craft paint. You can't use spray paints or oil-based paints, as these dissolve the polystyrene, but you can use these on plaster ceiling roses. You will need to apply 2 to 3 coats of paint for a nice smooth finish.

Step 4

5. To attach the mirror securely to the top of the ceiling rose use a solvent-free glue. This type of glue won't dissolve the polystyrene. Leave overnight to let the glue set.

Step 5

6. To hide the edge of the mirror you can use rope, string or braid. For our project we use a hot glue gun to stick rope around the mirror and also around the edge of the ceiling rose.

Step 6


Good to know:

Cut the rope edges at a 45-degree angle with sharp scissors, so that when you glue together the join is almost invisible.


The rope border of the mirror.

You can paint the ceiling rose mirror in your choice of colour to match your existing decor, or to create a stand out feature on a wall.

The final product.

Polystyrene is very lightweight and we mounted our ceiling rose mirror onto the wall with Prestik. For a plaster rose you should use Pattex No More Nails double-sided tape, or add a picture hanger.

What will you make with a ceiling rose?

 

 

 

 

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