Nautical Rope Mirror
Earlier this summer I saw a rope mirror in the home decor section of one of my favorite stores. I took a picture of it while I was there to see if it would go with my son’s nautical/pirate room. When I got home, I looked at the picture again and thought “Hey, I can make that!” Yes, I know it took all summer but I finally did it and you can too!
Nautical Rope Mirror
1) 9 inch craft mirror ($2.99 at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store)
2) lightweight plywood-($12 for 4×8 sheet. I used 1/4 for this project-approximately $3.00 worth from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.)
3) Rope-($0.68 a foot. I used almost 9 feet for about $6.00 also from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.)
4) Skil Orbital jigsaw 4495 and sawhorse brackets ( This has been the BEST investment for small DIY projects and crafts. Super easy to handle and the laser guide makes cutting so easy.)
5) Hot glue gun…with many, many sticks.
6) Choose an item to hang your mirror with. I used an old leather belt. You can use a strip of leather, rope, cord, etc.
1) I laid my mirror on the plywood in the center.
2) I then wrapped the rope around tightly to get the accurate size for the circle I will be cutting.
3) Before I drew the circle, I pushed my rope design to the edge. When using the jigsaw, you have to cut from the edge. Starting on the edge will make it easier. If you forget this step, you must use a drill and drill a hole to create a starting point.
4) Draw a circle with pencil on the ply wood.
5) Set it on your sawhorse brackets and cut the circle with your jigsaw.
6) Center the mirror on your cut circle of wood and hot glue it in place.
7) Start winding the rope around the mirror again. This time, glue as you go. After you get your first row done and you reach the start point again, overlap the edge, glue and hold it in place for a few seconds. If you don’t do this, you will have a gap in your design and an ugly edge showing. Wrap the entire circle.
8) Trim the end into an angle and hot glue in place.
To Hang the Mirror
I used an old leather belt that I had from high school. You can use a variety of items and you will mount whatever you used in a similar fashion.
Here is how I did it.
1) I lined up the belt to cover the end of the rope. I did not like the uneven look from where the rope ended. I thin used my drill to cut a series of holes to make a little line to run the belt through.
2) I pulled the belt through and adjusted the length the size I wanted.
3) I marked new holes for the belt. I used my drill again to make little belt holes to hook the belt at the smaller size.
4) I cut the belt a shorter length.
I hung the mirror in my son’s room and I think it looks great!
I shared this design with some other nautical pieces on the show today.
Here is the clip. http://youtu.be/gONfoSly-Ac
What do you think of this Nautical Rope Mirror?