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Fun House Mirrors

Offer a distorted view of reality: Gently curve a couple of inexpensive mirrors (concave for a skinny look, convex for a fat one), and secure them to foam board.

Photography: Nick and Chloe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2012

materials

  • Flexible full-length mirrors (Pictured: Black-framed mirror, 13 1/2" by 49 1/2", $6, target.com.)

  • Drill fitted with 1/16-inch bit

    • Six 1 1/8-inch screw eyes (2 for skinny mirror, 4 for fat) (Pictured: Medium screw eyes, 1 1/8" (#112-1), $2 each, hardware.hardwarestore.com.)

      • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

        • Six 1 1/2-inch wooden blocks (Pictured: Wooden square blocks, 1 1/2", $4.50 for 10, craftparts.com.)

          • 1/2-inch-thick black foam board, cut to size of mirror (Pictured: Foam board, 1/2", $44.50 for a 40" by 60" sheet, aifriedman.com.)

            • T pin

              • 26-gauge wire

                • Safety tape (optional)

                steps

                1. Drill small holes into back of frames, about 1/4 inch deep, in the spots indicated for each type of mirror. Insert screw eyes into holes.

                2. Apply glue to blocks; place on back of mirror and foam board in spots indicated.

                3. Use T pin to make 2 holes in foam board, about 1/4 inch apart, in the spots that correspond to placement of screw eyes in mirror. To attach foam board to mirror frame, thread wire through screw eye and then through holes in foam board, tying ends together.

                4. Apply safety tape to inner frame of mirror.

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