Sunday, June 12, 2011

How to Make a Driftwood Mirror

 Remember how I said I brought home a ton of driftwood from my Beach Vacation?
Well, I decided to make a mirror with it.  I was inspired by this one here.
 This one is from Crate and Barrel and Cost $200.00
 It was hanging in the Beach house we rented. 
 (you can see more of the beach house here).
 Which is named the Driftwood!
 I love this sign that was hanging on the house. I was going to try and make one like it, maybe have it say "Beach" or "Welcome"  But I didn't pick up enough small and curvy pieces.....Next Time!

 I really did bring home my share of driftwood. This picture is of me, filling up my purse with driftwood...  I did this every time we hit the beach.

Ok, so here are my steps to making a Driftwood mirror.
So, of course Step #1 is to go to the beach and fill your purse up with as much as you can haul home.  Try to find pieces that are all about the same size.
 Step #2 Find a mirror in whatever size you would like.  I picked this one up at Hobby Lobby.  It was originally 6 dollars but on sale for %50 off.  So this whole mirror cost me $3.00  a Huge difference from the $200. one at Crate and Barrel wouldn't you agree?

Step #3  Trace the mirror onto some paper. I just used the paper Hobby Lobby wrapped the mirror up in.

Step #4  Lay out your driftwood around the traced circle.  This is so you will have a good idea of what it will look like when it's finished.  You may want to move some pieces around, just play with it until you're happy with the way it looks. 
 You could leave it like this, but since I was going for a more layered look, I also added driftwood to the front of the mirror as well.
 Step #5 Glue it together. At first I used hot glue....but this Did NOT work.  The hot glue was not strong enough to hold it all together.
 So I had to peel (and bite) all of the hot glue off.  Then I used this Awesome stuff, Gorilla Glue, which worked so much better.  Just remember to only use a small amount and do not use it by any edges since it does puff up and turn yellow when it dries.
 I also used this glue to add a hook to the back of the mirror so that I could hang it up.
 I'll show you where I've got it hung, in my next post.
So stay tuned!!


Note: This mirror has been update. It now has even more layers of  driftwood on it.
To see how it currently looks click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by,
Emily



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26 comments:

  1. I love it! Great job with a great price!

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  2. It looks great. One thing we have here on the coast is a lot of driftwood - shell mirrors are everywhere, but I haven't yet seen anything like this, and I love it.

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  3. Very, very cool!!
    I have got to find me some driftwood! :)

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  4. WOW..i love the mirror you made!! the driftwood sign and the house you rented are gorgeous!
    cheryl x

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  5. Yay for you! I have been working on a huge on for a year now, the problem where I live all the driftwood is all so large. I love what you did!

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  6. Emily! That's awesome! And for $3, even. Great job!

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  7. What a great reminder of your trip!

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  8. Love it! I have been wanting to make a driftwood mirror forever but we don't live near the beach anymore. I asked my siblings to ship me some when they hit the beach next - there is so much on the WA and OR beaches!

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  9. Looks fabulous - great job, I love it!!

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  10. lovely! i'm going to feature this on friday!
    http://beachhouseinthecity.blogspot.com

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  11. Love your driftwood mirror, looks so nice. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

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  12. Love this mirror , I'm off to get driftwood ! Love your refreshing blog xx Ava ( your newest Australian follower)

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  13. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that drags home driftwood... now I know what to do with it all! Love this!

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  14. Love it! Where did you find the round mirror?

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  15. Excellent tutorial!!! One of these would look great in my family room....now to find driftwood.

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  16. Great job! I love driftwood, and I also love to bring something natural home from a vacation to remember it by, so this was awesome!

    http://bjdhausdesign.blogspot.com/

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  17. This is incredible! I live in bonnie Scotland and about to embark on my first driftwood project and stumbled across this article.

    Well done!

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  18. Love the driftwood mirror! Did you glue the wood pieces to the back of the mirror?
    Thanks,Deanna

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  19. Adorei a ideia e ficou um arraso a sua moldura! Parabéns!
    Qdo puder visite o meu link no:
    http://keimosaics.wordpress.com/

    Abraço.

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  20. ok it looks great! congratulations, but I am in Brazil, and here we do not have "gorila glue"!!!
    so, how can I glue it properly? super-glue,maybe?

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  21. amazing tips thankyou! Beautiful mirror and inspiration! X

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  23. I got an interest with that gorilla glue, how much is it and where it can be found? Thanks.
    residential painting detroit

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  24. Lovely mirror! I am infatuated with drift wood. Living in Arizona I don't see too much of it, but I snagged a few pieces on my vacation to Newport Beach, CA this summer. Thanks for sharing.

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