Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DIY Nautical Rope Mirror

I have been admiring several the nautical rope mirrors I  have been seeing on some of my favorite web sites. There is one in particular that caught my eye ,but I didn't like the price tag. I had an old mirror at home that was given to me that was doing nothing but collecting dust. My inspiration; This this mirror with  a price tag of $ 100.00. Anyone can make this mirror for a fraction of the cost.

  This is the mirror I have

Old and scratched,  and boring right? I really wanted to use the thick, grey, soft, nautical rope but I had trouble finding it here in town. I had some medium thickness Sisal rope and  decided to use that instead.

 What you will need:
Old or inexpensive mirror
 Sisal or Nautical rope
 Glue and Glue Gun
  Sand Dollars
Spanish Moss { optional}

The only thing I needed was the starfish. cost: 15.59. There are 2 different type in the package. Speaking of which, I would like to talk to the person that decided to package these this way. Good grief it was a pain in the  butt just to get these things out of the netting!

 I just hot  glued the sisal all around the mirror. I made 6 passes. I was happy with the  width of the border. I added Spanish Moss that I already had cleaned, to soften it up a bit  and add some texture.

                                                   All the shells I  added are from my collection

                  I just kept adding shells until I was happy with the result. I didn't want  to overload it.

 This is how it turned out.

It took about 3 hours and a couple of burned fingers from the hot glue, but it was well worth it, and the cost.. of my mirror is.$ 15.59 { the cost of the starfish.} Versus 100.00

Would love your thoughts!
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Natasha Simpson * said...



beachcomber said...

your mirror is really beautiful!! very clever. love the spanish moss in there.
cheryl x

Miss Char said...

Fabulous transformation, looks like something out of a designer showroom. Thanks for sharing.

Kindra said...

Visiting from the blog party...I am #635 and this would go great in my daughters bedroom that I featured and I have a mirror I could do this too as well. Thanks for the great idea1

CHH said...

Dear Linda,

I love it.

You're so talented.

Will it go in your entryway?


Coastal Blue Ocean

michelle said...

It turned out perfect!! I love the starfish that you added. I have been wanting to do something like this in our bathroom.
I love it!
Have a great day dear!!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I have been directed to your blog today as I have just published a post on natural elements from Ballard Designs (which includes a mirror). Your work is very impressive!

Love of the Sea said...

I think it came out just terrific. I gotta get some creativity going this weekend!!

Leigh said...

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Chrissie said...

Too cute! Better than the expensive one!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Oh, well done you clever woman! Love the style and texture and muted elegance. I have to make one now, you know that. Thanks for posting!

Mindie Hilton said...

I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
Hope to see you soon.
come strut your stuff

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

So glad you found my blog so now I can read yours! I love how the mirror came out! Better than the expensive one.

abeachcottage said...

Your mirror turned out great and much cheaper too :) Thanks for linking to BC Good Life Wednesdays.