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Rope-Framed Mirror

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Customize an oval mirror by framing it with coils of rope.

Rope-framed oval mirror on a wall

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Utility knife (with new blade)
  • Masking tape
  • Liquid Nails silicone adhesive, #239057

Materials

  • 22-in x 28-in oval mirror with mounting bracket, #194574
  • 32 feet (sold by the foot) of 3/4-in twisted manila rope, #349196
  • Twisted jute twine, #349245

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Instructions

Form the Mirror Frame

Step 1

Cut rope after taping

If necessary, clean up the end of the rope. Wrap tape tightly around the rope near the end and cut the rope at the middle of the taped section by rocking the utility knife back and forth as you cut.

Good to Know

For a clean cut, use a fresh utility knife blade.

Step 2

Cover the end of the rope with hot glue

As the tape binds the rope fibers together, coat the end completely with hot melted glue. Press the tip of the glue gun into the fibers as needed to cover all of the fibers. (You’ll use the same technique to cut and seal the other end of the rope in later steps.)

Step 3

Tape rope around the outside of the mirror

Place the mirror facedown on a flat work surface with several inches of space around it. Starting at the bottom of the mirror, lay a band of rope about three-quarters of the way around the mirror just touching the edge of the glass. Tape it in place as you go.

Step 4

Mark where to cut the rope to length

Tape and mark where you’ll cut the rope to length so that it just touches the other end. Cut and glue the rope. Then glue the cut ends together.

Step 5

Add a second loop of rope

Dry-fit the second loop inside the first one, and cut the rope to length. Glue the ends together so they’re at the opposite end of the mirror from the ends of the outside loop. Use a continuous bead of glue to attach the second loop to the first one (but not the mirror).

Step 6

Glue five loops of rope to form the frame

Repeat the previous step three more times, alternating the position of the cut ends each time. Use glue to bond the loops together.

Step 7

Conceal the taped and cut ends with twine

To cover the glued ends of the rope, wind jute twine around the taped areas. Glue the twine in place on the back of the rope frame.

Frame and Hang the Mirror

Step 1

Remove the finished rope frame and turn the mirror over. Place dabs of silicone adhesive on the back of the rope frame and press it against the mirror glass. Allow the adhesive to cure.

Step 2

Finished rope-frame mirror hanging on a wall

Mount the mirror-hanging bracket level on a wall. Use screws long enough to reach a wall stud and wall anchors as needed. Then hang the mirror on the bracket.