Nautical Rope Mirror

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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.


What do you think of this Nautical Rope Mirror?


American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Michelle Michaels

    August 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Awesome. Doing this for my boys room

  2. Lauren Elkins

    August 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

    When we moved to our little cottage in Newport I wanted our home to reflect the sailing lifestyle so prevalent here. This project would be perfect for our guest room!

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Yes, this would be perfect for Newport..and it is simple to make. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Jeanie @ create&babble

    August 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    You did a great job on this mirror Lindee! I especially like the buckle.

  4. Jessica

    August 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Lindee- LOVE this! So creative and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the belt as the hanger! You’re awesome. 🙂

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 6, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica! I think if the belt did not get removed from my closet, I would have been tempted to put it back on…and it is from 1998. Yikes!

  5. Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story

    August 7, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Lindee, love this. Adding to my To do list. Pinning.

  6. Tara @Anything & Everything

    August 7, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I love this! So cute! So creative using a belt to hang it!

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 7, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Tara…yes, I have aged out of wearing that belt from the 90’s. It needed a new purpose.

  7. Amy Geib

    August 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Love this. I am almost finished with a nautical room in my home and this would look fantastic! Great job!

    • Lindee Katdare

      August 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks Amy! Send me some pictures when you are done with the room. I would love to see it.

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