My daughter is hopelessly in love with trinkets. She calls them her treasures. I call them choking hazards.
Not a day goes by that she doesn't find some piece of something on the ground someplace that she feels she cannot live without. I have decided to pick my battles when it comes to these small items and can usually toss the ones that are just pieces of garbage. (When she is not looking of course) The others I allow her to keep in her jewelry box.
From time to time I would find these little trinkets on the floor which is not a safe situation since she has a one year old brother who likes to put them in his mouth. So I pick them up and have saved them in a jar in the cabinet. I was not sure what I was going to do with this obsession with treasures and trinkets. Her collection was becoming to large to fit in her jewelry box.
Then I read about this project in Family Fun magazine. I thought it would be a good fit for her collection. I also happened to grab a mirror with a crack in the frame from the free box at a rummage sale this summer so this project was a no brainer.
Here is the mirror I got out of a free box.
Bet you have never seen me behind the camera before on my blog. :)
As you can see it doesn't have a flat frame like the project ones so it was going to make gluing things on a bit more complicated.
Regular glue on a frame like this would not work too well. It will not dry fast enough for my taste so we went with a glue gun. Yes things may not stay on if they are bumped or pulled but where we were planning to hang the mirror was not in an easily touchable spot anyway. Plus if the thing can easily snap off she can glue on and take off things of her choosing as she grows and her interests change.
I showed her how to use the low temp glue gun. Then dumped her treasures out and let her get to work. I did suggest using the larger treasures first so that she didn't run out of room for them.
Fun to see what a five year does with a new medium. She didn't use all the items, she was picky about what went where. I was only allowed to watch and help if something didn't stick right. She was giddy about the fun she was having creating her masterpiece.
It kind of reminds me of an I Spy book in it's eclectic look. She can now enjoy seeing her treasures every time she is in her room without worry that her brother will get into them. It is truly a celebration of her and all that makes her special.
I can't help but see my daughter in this mirror. Hehehe get it?
The best part is... there is still some of room for more trinkets on there! So she is going to keep a jar in her room for her mirror treasures and trinkets. Once it gets full, we will just get out the glue gun again.
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