These are all valid questions. I have made some strange decisions during this process. And yet... I totally like how the mirror turned out! So, if you're like B and are not all that impressed by my DIY Captain's Mirror, I will not insist that you need one in your bedroom too.
But if you're cool with the quirks of this mirror, let me tell you how I made it.
First, buy the largest round mirror at your local craft store. These are intended to be centerpieces on a table, with candles and things on them. I found one that is 14".
Second, find an embroidery hoop of the same size. Now, if you want the hoop to go all the way around the mirror, you will have to actually find one that is one inch bigger than the mirror (I think). But 15" was not an available size, so I went with this. (Also, buy it at Michael's with a 50% off coupon, if possible. Let's not break the bank with this little project, friends!)
Gorilla Glue), a belt (one you don't use or one from a thrift store would be fine), a hook or knob for the wall, and other decorative hardware, should you be so inclined.
Once I had all the materials home, I stained the outer hoop. This took a few coats to get a tone I liked.
Next, I decided to wrap the hoop around the outside of the mirror. Initially, I had planned to affix it to the front of the mirror. Had I done this, the hoop could have been closed. But I thought wrapping the hoop around the mirror would create a stronger mirror (that would be less likely to fall off the wall and shatter on our bedroom floor), so I went that route. I tightened it well and then applied gorilla glue around the perimeter for extra hold.
After that, trim the leather belt's hardware off and glue each end to the sides of the frame.
What do you think? Did it turn out okay? Have you ever DIYed something that your spouse didn't love quite as much as you did?
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