A Quick, Easy Way to Frame a Bathroom Mirror


Bathroom Mirror Before

I’m in the middle of a little bathroom makeover.  We’re trying to be budget conscious, so when possible I’m making use of what’s already there rather than buying new.  Sorry I forgot to take a true “Before” picture, but here’s the bathroom right after I started painting over the purple with a warm taupe called Ranch House.  Notice the bathroom mirror, just a sheet of mirror held onto the wall with mirror clips.

I measured the mirror and had molding cut to size at Home Depot, then primed and painted it on both sides.  (A little of the back will show against the mirror.) Using square trim pieces at the corners avoids messing with mitered corners.  I like to keep things simple.

To stick it to the mirror, I used ordinary Velcro with adhesive backing.  It’s much easier to stick both sides of the Velcro to itself before cutting it, then stick one side of the Velcro to the molding and push the entire thing in place against the mirror.  Pushing the other adhesive side to the glass this way helps you avoid trying to match up separate Velcro pieces.

Framing a Bathroom Mirror

(And just a tip, don’t use your good scissors for this project!  Also, grab the Goo Gone for your poor second rate scissors, you’ll need it.)

It really doesn’t take much Velcro at all.  I just used a two pieces a couple inches long on the longer boards, and just a small piece at the corners.

Framing a Bathroom Mirror

Then just fit your pieces together.  The Velcro gives you a little wiggle room in case your wood cuts weren’t perfect.

Framing a Bathroom Mirror

The Velcro also adds just enough space between the molding and the mirror to allow room for the mirror clips.  I was afraid I’d have to cut little spaces for them in the molding, but I was happily surprised.  Here’s how it turned out:

Bathroom Mirror After

There’s still a lot to be done, but I’m very happy with my “new” mirror!

The Easiest Game of Catch Ever


Craft Supplies

If you anticipate having a bored child at some point this winter, it’s a good idea to have a stash of knit gloves, Velcro dots and practice golf balls hidden away.  I took these along when visiting with my tiny nieces and nephew at the holidays, and they helped me with these pictures.

First you want to stick the scratchy Velcro dots to the practice golf balls.  (Don’t stick the scratchy dots on the gloves or the gloves will stick to themselves and you’ll end up with a frustrated child.  Not what we’re going for here!)

Crafting lets you sneak in all kinds of other learning.  If you want the kids to work on their counting skills, give instructions like, “Let’s put five dots on this ball.”

Stick the Rough Velcro to the Wiffle Golf Balls

You don’t really need the softer Velcro dots on the gloves, but the kids will probably like sticking them on.

"They Go Here"

My little niece really enjoyed this part.  She put her hands in the gloves to see how far up she needed to put the dots, and then imagined herself much bigger and put the dots way above her fingertips.  The gloves themselves will work as the soft Velcro to catch the balls, so no correction was needed.  Let them imagine big grown up hands, it’s all good.

When it’s time to play, it’s better to just use one glove to catch and keep one hand glove-free to pull off the ball and throw back.  Tell them it’s like baseball, you just wear one.

Suddenly they’re WAY better at playing catch than they’ve ever been before!  All you need to do is toss the ball to their hands and it will stick.

Just TRY Not to Catch These!

Catch played this way helps younger kids and older kids to play together with much less “can’t catch” drama.  My sports minded brother in law noticed that gloves made it easier to catch the “right” way, either over or underhanded, and thought it would help in their sports development.  I just liked having quiet craft time with a group of small kids of different ages, and they ended up with self-made toys they could keep.  This craft was a winner all the way around!