Well, I promised I’d be back with some tutorials involved and I’m making good on my promise by signing in today to tell you all about her captain’s mirror and how she made it.
First, the supplies:
An embroidery hoop
Two long belts
A round mirror
A thread spool (with no thread)
A long screw
Beads (to be used as a spacer)
You’ll need a round mirror. Most craft stores sell pre-cut round mirrors so you could just go snatch up one of those. If you’re wanting to make a larger mirror than any pre-cut mirror available, you may have to get a mirror cut-to-size like Jesse did. She purchased a large rectangular mirror at a thrift store and had it cut into a circle that would eventually fit inside her embroidery hoop. (Note: One thing she told me to mention was that she had her mirror cut before she bought her hoop which she shouldn’t have done. Because she couldn’t find an embroidery hoop that was the same diameter as her mirror, she had to do a little custom fitting. The point being, buy your hoop first and have your mirror cut to the size of your hoop.)
As mentioned above, Jesse couldn’t find an embroidery hoop that was the same size as her cut mirror (20”) so she bought one slightly smaller.
To get her mirror to fit seamlessly inside, she set the adjustable ring of the hoop around the mirror, cut off the joint at the top, and cut a section from the fixed ring to fill in the gap. (You can see a better explanation in the spray-painting picture a little ways down.)
So that the belt buckles were both facing the same direction, she cut the buckle off of one of the belts and sewed it onto the end of the other belt. After she did that, she had one long belt with buckles at both ends that would go around the bottom of the mirror/hoop and one long belt without any buckles that would ‘buckle’ into the buckles and serve as the hanging piece.
In case you’re a stranger to sewing, you could also just buckle the belts to each other, giving you one long belted strap. Basically, you’d take the bottom belt in the picture below, buckle it to the other belt along the right side, and send it up and over, buckling it on the left side. Hopefully all that makes sense. :)
Once Jesse had her belts situated and sewn and all pieces of the hoops ready, she spray painted everything with gold spray paint.
Once the spray paint was dry, it was time to put everything together. First, Jesse laid a string of beads down on the ground and laid the mirror on top of the beads.
[The beads were laid underneath the mirror, touching the reflective side.]
Then she put the hoop around the mirror. The beads underneath the mirror served as a spacer so that the mirror didn’t sit flush with the front edge of the hoop. Does that makes sense? If you don’t have beads you can use any few things that are the same size and, being set under the mirror, would lift it – a few of the same sized magnets, a few of your kids small toy rings, a couple of thin books, etc…
Next she tied a piece of elastic tightly around the whole mirror/hoop to hold the hoop together and the mirror inside (you can skip this step if your mirror fits inside your hoop perfectly). She also ran some caulk (clear drying) around the back edge of the mirror.
After the caulk around the back edge was fully dry, she stood the mirror upright and ran some caulk around the front inside edge. When the caulk around the inside edge was dry, she removed the elastic and hot glued the belt around the hoop, making sure that the area of the hoop where she had to insert a piece of the fixed hoop was along the bottom of the mirror when it hung. That way all the pressure would always be against that spot, making it stronger and less likely to come undone.
To hang the mirror, Jesse used an old spool of thread (with no thread on it) that she spray painted gold.
She stuck a screw through it to attach it to the wall and placed a gold painted sticker over the top to hide the screw.
Embroidery hoop: $4 (with a coupon at Hobby Lobby)
Mirror: $10 (a rectangular mirror found at a thrift store)
Getting the mirror cut into a circle: $10
Belts: $4 (thrift finds)
Spray paint: already had
Caulk: already had
Thread spool & screw: already had
Total spent: $28
Note: If you had to buy the spray paint and caulk, it’d be closer to $34 or so. Also, if you bought a mirror to fit your embroidery hoop, you could easily cut out $10 or more.
I’ll be back next week with a tutorial on her faux marble countertops! I can’t wait to share that one…and use it!