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Ceiling Tin Mirror

Make a decorative frame or planter with tin ceiling tile.

Materials and Tools:

tin ceiling tile
1/4" plywood
frame molding
small nails
molding strips
hot glue gun & glue sticks
scrap wood
mirror
saw tooth hanger
hammer
industrial-strength adhesive

Steps:

1. Begin this project with a piece of 1/4-inch plywood measuring 14" x 30". This will be the backboard of the mirror.

2. Pre-cut and miter frame molding to add to the bottom of the board as a little shelf. Nail it on from the back.

3. Attach smaller molding strips for the sides using a hot glue gun. The molding should have a lip on one side that covers the edge of the plywood to give the piece a more finished look.

4. For the mirror, add industrial-strength adhesive to several points on the backboard. Note that a little bit will go a long way.

Ceiling tins can also be cut and formed into a planter, or used to cover an existing planter.

5. Carefully position the mirror, and edge it up against the molding at the bottom and side. Then add two matching pieces to the other side with hot glue.

6. To frame out the mirror, add a piece of scrap 1"x 2" to the top. Secure it with nails on both sides. To give the piece visual balance, cut another piece that matches the bottom. Hot glue works best for this strip, but you can finish it off with nails just as well.

7. Next, precut a strip of tin ceiling tile to wrap around the piece of scrap wood. Glue it on and secure with nails on both sides.

8. To polish it off, precut small pieces of molding with mitered corners and glue them to the edges of the shelf and top trim.

9. For the final step, turn the mirror over and nail a saw tooth hanger to the back.

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