A Realist’s Guide to Practicing Positivity (A Craft Project Tutorial)

IMG_20150325_202806588I spend a lot of time in the dark. Literally. The alarm clock goes off at 5 am, and, not having to be at work until 9, I have a lot of time on my hands until the sun comes up. I suppose if I really wanted to do something, I could hang out at Walmart or go to a 24-hour diner and drink coffee (this IS New Jersey after all) but most of the time I just want to stay in my PJs and drink coffee at home, in order to both a) save money and b) save calories. (Panera calls, but can I resist their delicious pastries before dawn? Probably not.) On days I do my kettlebell workouts, I have less time to fill, but on my rest days, it’s more difficult. Winters are hard for me regularly, but this winter was especially rough emotionally.

Never having been someone who just lays on the couch and mopes, I thought about what I could do about it. I love doing little crafty things: being creative makes me feel better! I decided I was going to do a positivity project. I had been having trouble looking in the mirror and seeing my worth, so I decided to mine my resources. I asked friends and family what positive words they thought of when they thought of me. Armed with my list of words, I came up with an idea: I would make a mirror surrounded by a chalkboard so I can see my reflection surrounded by positive words that I can relate to myself and be reminded that I am of value!

TUTORIAL: Positivity Mirror



  • Unfinished wooden plaque (can be any shape you want, but needs to be large enough to have space to write stuff on once the mirror is glued on)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Foam brush
  • Mirror
  • Colored Chalk
  • Decorative Stuff (trim, wooden cutouts, glitter, ribbon, whatever)
  • Hot Glue

Step 1

Paint the plaque as described on the bottle of chalkboard paint. (Mine said one coat in one direction, and one coat in the other.)

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Step 2

Glue on the mirror and your decorations. I colored my letter A with a pink Sharpie marker and added gold lace to finish the edges.


Step 3

Use your chalk to write your positive words. (I used all of the colors of chalk except black, and I used block lettering and cursive for variety.)

Step 4

Hang that thing on the wall, look deeply into it, and realize that yes, you ARE all of those things, even if sometimes you don’t feel it. 🙂


So what’s the best word a loved one has used to describe you?

6 thoughts on “A Realist’s Guide to Practicing Positivity (A Craft Project Tutorial)”

  1. That mirror is really super cute, and I hope it helps you see those things about yourself, even at your lowest moments. Such a clever idea!


  2. I would add to that: funny, resourceful, imaginative, curious, intelligent . . . . I could go on and on . . . and I’ve only known you a very short time! But most importantly – (drum roll here) – you have the most
    intriguing subject lines. Now, I pride myself on having captivating subject lines. I mean, how else do you pull people in to read what you have to say, right? But yours are great and always put a smile
    on my face and make me wonder what is awaiting me. What a super use of the dark hours before
    the day starts. (That happens to be my most favorite time when I’m free to do as I please without
    interruptions of the phone ringing, etc.) And what a great project for anyone who needs to be reminded to be grateful and happy in a sometimes wicked world. Let’s see . . . . also add loved and
    wondered about for years . . . . long before we met.

    Aunt Mary


  3. You know, I sat and thought about that question for a minute and can’t remember any, which I think is exactly the point of a project like this. It’s easy to forget positive things people say to you when you don’t feel equipped to believe them. A mirror sure makes you face them head on. I’d be hesitant with chalk, personally, seems it might be too tempting to erase things on the dark days. But, it’s still a super cute mirror. Kudos!


  4. The Hubs did something like this for me a few years ago. It’s quite special. I agree with the poster that said we tend to forget the positive things people say about us. This is a cool idea for sure.

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