I am DIY wannabe. I love the idea of creating something and the money it saves but the majority of the time it looks like my 2 year old made it. When my kids go to library time they are completely on their own when it comes to craft time. I try to pretend it is because I am fostering their creativity and independence but honestly they have a better chance of success without me. So you better believe when I have a DIY success I am going to share it!
I can promise you the projects you find here will be EASY! If I can do it I promise you anyone can, probably even my 6 year old. So today I am going to show you how to transform an old mirror into a cute, updated rope mirror. I’ve seen these used with nautical décor in a kids’ room and farmhouse décor. Really, it can be used with almost anything.
The first thing you need to do is collect your supplies. Another huge advantage to this project is that it is VERY budget friendly. The mirror I used is very large so I probably wouldn’t be able to purchase this for less than $100. I spent under $40 on this project. So, here we go.
Old Mirror – I used one I already had but if you must purchase one make sure it is cheap! You do not want to spend a lot here because you are going to completely change the look.
Hot Glue Gun & Glue – The amount you need depends on the size of your mirror.
“Rope” – I purchased Natural Polished Hemp from Wal-Mart. You could easily find this in a craft store as well. There are lots of options so decide what design style you are after and where you will be using the mirror. The thickness and color determine what the overall look will be. I chose the natural hemp because it had a grayish tone to it that I liked. I did not want the mirror to look nautical so I did not want the rope to be too thick. The process will be the same so it doesn’t matter what you choose.
That is your supply list. Add a little patience and maybe gloves if you are DIY challenged like myself. I burnt myself on more than one occasion and had blisters as battle wounds. But I did it and several people have asked where I purchased the mirror so it was all worth it.
This is the before picture. I made this before I started this blog so you will have to excuse the poor quality of the photos.
Choose your starting point. If you do not have a circular mirror then choose an inside corner. You want to begin on the inside and work your way to the outside of the mirror. Create a line of hot glue and simply glue on the rope. Continue this pattern by wrapping the rope around the mirror little by little. Remember I told you to add patience to your supply list. I think it is best that you do not cut the rope but rather continue the wrapping process. This creates a seamless look. Cutting the rope and gluing it in sections would definitely save time but I don’t think it would look as good and it would be more difficult to cover your corners if you are using a square/rectangular mirror. You can see in the picture below the beginning of the process.
Like I said before, my mirror was extra large so it was very time consuming. It took me several days to finish. I would work on it during nap time or after the kids were in bed. I was so excited to finish and had a love/hate relationship with this project.
What do you think? I think it is a great update! You could also do this to a lamp or possibly even an old basket. Try it out and leave a picture in the comment section below. I would love to see how it turns out using a lamp or basket. What are some easy DIY projects you have completed? I’d love to try a new project.