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DIY Secret Garden Optical Illusion Mirror

This project is much simpler than it looks!
I first saw one of these fun, optical illusion mirrors in a garden decor shop for $290. That's all the encouragement I needed to try and make my own!
This one cost just $12 using a thrift shop mirror, scrap wood, leftover paint, hardware, and adhesive.
And the GREAT NEWS? It does not require any complicated calculations because there's a simple way to do it.
In fact, with the method I used, you can create your own version for any size mirror (square or rectangular) in approximately one hour (plus painting time).
It is recommended that you have an electric saw (that can cut on an angle) and an electric drill. Both these tools will make it easier and faster to complete the project.
I am an environmentalist and avid bird lover first and foremost and would never do any anything in my garden that could pose a threat to wildlife. The birds in my garden have no interest in this mirror whatsoever.
Here' some basic to precautions to take whenever using glass or mirrors:
-Use sturdy mirror or glass than can stand up to your climate.
-Never place a mirror or glass panel in the flight path of birds.
-Never place a mirror or shiny glass where it continuously reflects direct sun.
-Check your garden art each season and do any necessary repairs.
For complete instructions and a list of the materials I used, please visit me at the link below.
I bet a garden-art loving mom would love one of these for !
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There's a few tips on my blog for making it look really good. One is to be sure to use the same wood for the entire project. Also, adding hinges and a door handle really help pull off the effect.
The front and sides are painted blue. I used black paint on the back of the wood. I like how it gives a shadow effect. It also hides the hardware I used to attach the wood pieces together.
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It's quite an effect, isn't it? Visit my blog for detailed instructions, plus more tips and variations.

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