I really was on a kick of trying to make something out of magazine pages. I found this idea on Threadbangers and decided to try making my own version and I created a tutorial while I was at it.
First you need to rip pages out of a magazine and roll them up into reeds.
Apply glue from a glue stick as you roll. So that later when you cut them down, they don't unfurl.
I made about 16 of these while watching tv.
I bought this small round mirror at the Dollar Store.
I flipped the mirror over and started hot-gluing the reeds onto the back. I was generous with the glue.
Here they are all glued.
Here it is flipped over. I trimmed the ends to the lengths that I wanted.
I then covered the mirror with aluminum foil and took it outside to spray paint. I applied some metallic gold first all over. Then some metallic silver all over, making sure not to entirely cover up the gold. I wanted a two-tone effect.
Here it is spray-painted. I don't like the etched design on the mirror, so I will fix that in the next couple of steps by covering it with paint.
I made a wire loop to hang it with and glued it to the back and then glued on a piece of felt on the back to make it look a little neater and lay nicer on the wall.
Here is the silver stripe I painted with some gold dots.
Here it is hanging on my wall. It's slightly crooked, but that's okay. Adds character, right? =)
*Another thing you can add is, glue even tinier mirrors along the ends of some of the magazine reeds and in the middle of others. I saw that on another version Threadbangers, but I couldn't find any tiny mirrors in town.