A mummified mirror adorned with plastic bones adds a fun and frightful touch to Halloween decor.
Prewash muslin. Mix dye -- 2 cups water, 2 cups coffee, and 1/4 teaspoon black paint -- in a large bowl. Submerge muslin in dye for 10 seconds; wring thoroughly. Allow muslin to air-dry (if line-drying indoors, protect floor beneath with paper towels).
Notch muslin with scissors every 2 inches along one side. Tear at each notch to create 2-inch strips.
Remove any glass or backing from frame. Wrap frame with strips of dyed muslin, securing ends of strips to back of frame with thumbtacks.
Arrange plastic bones over muslin on frame. Secure in place with a hot-glue gun.
Wrap frame again, in opposite direction, with a second layer of muslin strips. Cross strips over bones, leaving them mostly exposed.
Hot-glue plastic bugs to frame. Use a spray bottle to spray frame with coffee mixture.
Have a professional glass-cutter cut mirror glass to the correct size for the frame. Adhere black contact paper to the entire nonreflective side of the mirror, and smooth with brayer or squeegee.
Draw an oval onto contact paper with chalk. Cut away inside of oval with a craft knife. Secure glass in mummy frame with reflective side facing out.
Cut 5 pieces of foam core (a back piece and four sides) to make a shadow box that is the size of the frame and 5 inches deep. To construct box, run a fine bead of low-temperature hot glue along one face edge of the back piece of foam core, and hold the corresponding side piece in place at a right angle until glue has cooled. Repeat this step for all 4 sides. Run black gaffer's tape along the outside of all corner edges for added support.
Attach a fluorescent light to bottom of shadow box with Velcro. Cut a hole in the side of the box and run cord through hole.
Glue a scary item to the back of the shadow box (we shaved an inch or two from the back of a plastic skull with a saw to make it flat, then hot-glued in place).
Adhere shadow box to back of frame with black gaffer's tape.
For the One-Way Mummy Mirror: Lightweight cotton muslin (about one yard for an average-sized frame)
Black liquid acrylic paint
Measuring cups and spoons
Large bowl or bucket
Assortment of plastic bones
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Assortment of plastic bugs
Small spray bottle
For the Two-Way Mummy Mirror: Mirror glass
Black contact paper
Brayer or squeegee
Two or three large sheets of 3/16-inch black foam core
Low- or dual-temperature hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
Black gaffer's tape
Fluorescent light fixture and bulb to fit within bottom of frame
Scary item (Such as a skull, spider, or jack-o'-lantern)