Design Review 2: Magic Mirror Update

Everything sure has turned crazy, and it has changed my ability to complete my magic mirror. 🙁 With COVID shutdowns, I’m not receiving the same amount of money from my job since I now have reduced hours. This means that I won’t be able to spend the money on the monitor/electronics needed for the magic mirror. I also am an immuno-compromised person and I am supposed to stay out of public spaces (like grocery stores, hardware stores, etc). I will be trying to enlist my roommate with help getting supplies, but I don’t know if she will be able to get everything.

So while I need to change my project a little bit to fit in with my new restrictions, I still want to create a mirror of some kind. After a lot of browsing, I found what is called a “living mirror”. It essentially is just a regular mirror that is surrounded by plants. This should be substantially less expensive and more do-able with my restrictions.

With the few things that I found, it could either connect a planter to the bottom of an already made mirror. This means I could refurbish a mirror (another upcycle) and find a way to create a planter by myself. I want to make sure that I’m not just piecing things together, but rather creating something new.

The other option is to create a simple wooden frame with a “valley” to hold the plants. Succulents would be a great choice as they don’t need too much sun or water and would likely live in a confined space.

I’ve been scrambled after the shut down of everything and I’m stressed about getting the materials to finish a project. I hope my new options can present something that i will be able to accomplish.

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  • Hailee Pritchard
    April 9, 2020 5:03 pm

    Hey Isabella!
    I really love this idea for your project, so much I wish I would have thought of it myself! I think Home Depot may still be open (or available for online orders) and you could get some plants that way. Or, you could take a different approach and create a decorative art piece around the mirror with paints and other materials. Those are just a couple ideas that might help make things a little easier in the midst of all this crazy! I don’t think you should worry too much about having to get new materials, but instead create something new out of what you have now. Good luck, I’m excited to see how it turns out!

  • I really like the aesthetics that the living mirror gives. I think succulents would be a great choice for a living plant in the mirror, or using fake plants they would be cheaper than buying real plants. I know its not the same design challenge but its a different option. I hope you can get everything done and stay safe. It’s hard at this point of the semester to change a project you’ve been thinking of for a while, but I think the mirror would be a cool alternate and a nice home decoration.


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