Moon Phase Wall Hanging Tutorial
I saw an incredible on the Free People website some time ago. It was so beautiful I gasped, and then I just about spit my drink out when I saw the price. Don't get me wrong, I definitely see the value in handmade artisan goods but I don't think I could ever spend that much on a home decor item for myself unless it was a piece of furniture or an original painting. So, I did what I do, which is figure out how to make it myself. This project uses mirrors instead of stained glass but it will only set you back $10-$15 and you'll have supplies left over for other craft projects.
- 7 round mirrors approx 3 inches in diameter. I got mine at Michaels in packs of 5 for less than $2.50 plus 40% off with a coupon (always use a coupon at Michaels!)
- Black permanent marker
- Roll of packing tape for tracing
- Leather cord
- E6000 super glue
- 1 Square of felt cut into 7 smaller squares
Begin by cleaning off the mirrors. Use glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol to wipe off any dirt, dust, residue or fingerprints.
Trace the shape of the moon phase onto the mirror using a black permanent marker. I found the best way to get the curved shape was to use a roll of packing tape and trace around it. Simply move the packing tape around on the mirror to make your moon shape bigger or smaller.
Trace around the perimeter of the mirror with the marker to outline your mirror for a more "finished" look.
Leave one mirror blank to make it the Full Moon and for the Half Moon use a ruler to divide the mirror into two areas, light and dark.
Take your cord and glue it to the back of the mirrors using the E6000 glue. Place a small square of felt over top to help everything stay in place and stick together properly. Make sure the moon phases are in the right order and direction when you glue them. You can see in my photos of the finished project that one of the mirrors was a bit crooked. It doesn't bother me but if you are one of those anal types who would be bothered by this then double check everything before you glue.
Alternatively, another mirror can be glued to the back with the cord sandwiched in-between. This will make your moon phase wall hanging double sided (ooooh fancy!)
Let your moon phase wall hanging dry for 24 hours before hanging it up, then attach it to the wall with a push pin.
I hung mine up in my Magic Marker Forest Hallway. What do you think? Let me know and make sure you check back on the blog for more posts later this week. I've got some free holiday themed printable coloring sheets and a fun sea shell craft coming up!