How to Make Dazzling DIY Mirrored Outdoor Hanging Decor

Add some dazzle to your outdoor space with eye-catching mirrored hanging decor, made from recycled CDs. Get the step by step tutorial here!

Mirrored hanging décor is the perfect way to make an eye-catching statement in your garden or patio. Not only will this stunning decor reflect natural light and brighten up any space – it also uses recycled materials! Get ready to transform your backyard with this showstopper!

Mirrored Butterfly Hanging outdoors on the front porch as decor.

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Decorating outdoor spaces is just as fun as decorating indoor spaces!

After all, patios, decks, porches, and gardens are spaces that, weather permitting, we love to live in!

The “flooring” and “walls” might be open-air, but incorporating decor outside is just another way of expressing your decorating personality through colorful home decor.

Outdoor Hanging Decor from Recycled Bling

I do like a little “bling!”

Whether decorating a holiday tree or pining for some dazzling jewelry, my eye just gravitates toward some dazzling sparkle.

Reflective CDs tiles used for this DIY project.

This project’s bling is free…

…because it is made from recycled CDs!

Cds? I’ll bet you’ve got a box of them stored somewhere!

A box of old CDs.

If not, ask a friend for their leftovers or grab some at a thrift store.

And while you’re at it, grab a cardboard box!

You need just a few more things. Best of all…you probably have all of this at home already!

Supply List

Building the Frame of Your Outdoor Hanging Decor

You will want to decide on the shape of your outdoor hanging decor.

For this project, let’s go with a butterfly!

Using a free online template or drawing freehand, draw the shape of two butterflies of the exact same shape and size onto a piece of cardboard.

I used a free template that I found online but then sketched the shape slightly larger than the pattern so my butterfly would be a little bigger.

With a utility knife, score and cut out the two butterfly shapes.

Two cardboard cut-outs of butterfies.

Also, draw and cut a strip of cardboard that is about 1″ in width and is long enough to completely wrap around your butterfly.

Scoring and cutting a cardboard strip.

Get your tape ready! I like to pre-tear the tape so it is ready to go as I work.

A row of green tape ready to be used in creating outdoor hanging decor.

Take the 1″ cardboard strips and tape upright at a 90-degree angle onto the butterfly.

Bend and curve the strip as needed so that you are accurately edging the inside outline of the butterfly.

Take the second butterfly cutout and tape it to the top of the cardboard strip creating an enclosed butterfly. Once that edge is taped, tape the outer edge of the other side as well.

Taping the cardboard strip to the first cardboard butterfly.
The completed taped inside of the first butterfly.
A box created from the two cardboard butterflies and tape

You could jump to the tiling from here but I thought I would give this butterfly some dimension by building out a torso.

Twist some paper (grocery sack!) into a “body” and tape to the box.

Twisting paper to create the butterfly torso.
Taping the paper torso to the butterfly box.

Time for Paper Mache

Remember when you woud paper mache a balloon as a kid? I loved the part where you popped the balloon!

Well here we go again!

Combine a 1:1 mixture of flour and water and then add additional water to get the glue consistency that you want. I like a thinner glue so added more water.

Cut or tear strips of newspaper and begin to paper mache the outside of the butterfly box.

Dunk the paper strip in the glue, wipe off the excess, and apply it to the box. Apply three layers of paper mache and let dry thoroughly. I let mine sit overnight.

Applying paper mache to the butterfly box.
The entire butterfly box covered with paper mache.

Once dry, spray paint the butterfly with metallic silver paint and let it dry.

My, there is a lot of “drying” in this project!

Cutting the Disco Ball Tiles

Remember the old CDs?

Throw them into a bowl of warm water, and let them soak for about 10 minutes.

You read that correctly…soak the CDs in warm water!

Soaking old CDs in warm water.

In the meantime, grab your protective eyeglasses (safety first!) and a pair of scissors.

Begin to cut the CDs into small squares. Because they were soaked in warm water, cutting them will be slightly easier.

However, not gonna lie, the cutting is not always smooth sailing and you need to cut a LOT of squares. I did end up with a couple of blisters on my “scissor hand” (there is resistence!) so did end up wearing some gloves for cushion.

Cutting strips from the CDs.
Cutting small tiles from the CD strips.

Tiling the Butterfly

Using a hot glue gun, begin to glue the square tiles to the butterfly. I recommend gluing a straight line (plumb line) of tiles across the front of the butterfly so you have a straight line guide.

Applying tiles of CDs to the painted butterfly box.

That being said, you can glue the tiles in any arrangement, pattern, or style that you like. Once you have the front and back done, glue tiles to the sides.

The first row of applied CD tiles on this butterfly outdoor hanging decor.

You might need to cut or “carve” some tiles into smaller or angled shapes in order to fill all the gaps. However, because the butterfly is painted silver underneath, don’t worry about perfection. No one will notice small gaps when you finish.

The tiled sides of the butterfly.

Hanging Your Outdoor Mirrored Decor

We are still pre-spring around here so the grass has not turned green yet.

However, just hanging this dazzling butterfly on our front porch gave me all the spring vibes!

The outdoor butterfly decor hanging from the front porch.

We do have an arborvitae tree that is green year-round so I tucked my little friend into the branches!

The sun was out and there were so many different colors reflected in the tiles!

This outdoor hanging decor shown nestled into a green arborvitae tree.

This can hang indoors too!

This sunny spot is in my craft studio and is a sparkling companion for my Urban Garden Prints butterfly!

The butterfly was self-spinning as I photographed it in my craft studio…it was a kaleidoscope of color!

The outdoor hanging butterfly decor shown hanging indoors in a craft room.

After all the steps have been completed, you can proudly step back and admire your butterfly decor. It’ll flutter in the breeze and paint rainbows of glitter with its wings in the sunlight!

This project is perfect if you want to fill your outdoor living space with life while utilizing some of those old CDs you’ve been hoarding. And it’s also great fun since it involves fusing together materials that don’t usually find themselves tangled up together.

The butterfly shown hanging outdoors from a tree branch as garden space decor.

So go ahead and break out those CDs, draw out your butterflies, and get ready to show off some dazzlingly unique outdoor decor. In no time at all, your backyard will be glowing in the beautiful light of the newly created butterflies.

Add some sparkle to your outdoor living spaces with some dazzling hanging decor!


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    1. This project did challenge my patience a little bit because it takes so many of the cut cd pieces. But it was so worth it!

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