I’ve had this project floating around in the back of my mind for quite a while. I’d pinned this Anthropologie hoop mirror, but couldn’t justify the price tag of almost $200! Last week when Kayla posted the Look 4 Less Challenge and invited everyone to participate, I knew this was the perfect project to take on. I showed my hubby a few photos of pricy things I thought we could knock off and how I thought we could do it… and this was by far his favourite. So being the best husband ever, he helped me pack up the kids and took us to Michaels for our embroidery hoop, then called up a glass cutter he’d known from his days as a service manager to get the mirror cut for me. He pretty much did all the leg work for me- so while I did all the crafting, this one was definitely a team effort.
We went with a simple 14″ embroidery hoop ($3.99 at Michaels before coupons) which looks a little different than the Anthro version- but I’ve also been loving all the embroidery hoop art so it was a good compromise (I can’t embroider for the life of me). Plus… who can argue with a $3 frame? We had an old mirror we removed from our bathroom when we’d painted that’s been sitting around collecting dust- so when I failed to find a cheap round mirror that was the right size, we had it cut (for a six pack… so whatever that costs- what’s between friends, right?). And they cut it so snug that We hardly needed any silicone to hold it in place. I did anyways because I’m paranoid- but it was cut perfectly.
The glass cutter gave me these little clips that you press into the wood behind the mirror to keep it from falling out the back (but not forwards- hence silicone). The screwdriver is to push them into place. This required a lot more elbow grease than it looks like- or maybe I’m not as strong as I’d hoped.
After the clips are in and the mirror is in place, tighten the hoop so the smaller wooden circle doesn’t fall out of the larger one. They are built to have material between them! Then go ahead and silicone like a madwoman. I siliconed the mirror to the hoop, and the two pieces of the hoop. All from the back so there is none showing once it’s hung. The glass cutter also recommended to wait 4 hours instead of the standard 2 for the silicone to dry since it dries at different speeds from glass to wood. I’m impatient so this was the most difficult part.
Once it’s dry, you’re ready to hang. It’s seriously that simple. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner given that it only took me about 10 minutes to actually put it together. Doesn’t it look lovely on our navy bedroom wall? I meant it when I said we were going navy! That ampersand watercolour isn’t going to stay there (as much as I’d love it to). I need to make up my mind and pull the trigger on some other prints I’m looking at. This one was painted by the fabulous Chantal Smeaton for my babies when they were born… so I need to put it back in their room, but the selfish side of me wants to keep it for myself.
What do you think? Not bad for $18 bucks! I love that light wood against the navy walls. Any suggestions on prints I could use to replace the ampersand? And lastly Show me your knock-offs! It’s such a fun idea to make something that would have cost you a fortune! I’m off to check out all the knock offs from the Look 4 Less challenge- see you Friday!
The knockoff looks better than the real thing, so $200 !? Um no. I love the light wood against the navy walls too! Great job!
Ah! Way to make my day :) Thanks Megan!
I love it! And I’ve been waiting to see your navy room reveal!!! Hope it’s coming soon :)
Thanks Kala! We’re just waiting on some lights that are sitting at a friends house four hours away… and closet doors. Then we’ll be ready!
Amy @ Homey Oh My!
Oh MAN that’s cute, and SO simple, my fav. Amazing idea, Colleen! Great shot with your light pendant reflecting in the mirror <3
Thanks so much Amy! I actually tried so hard to have nothing reflecting in the mirror- and gave up after moving a chair all over the room and standing on the bed at different angles- I’m glad you like it!
That looks awesome! For 198.00 I would also definitely try doing it myself. Wonderful job well done!
I know right! The $198 one is a bit bigger… but still! Outrageous.
Looks great! What a great idea!
Thanks Shambray! We’re really happy with it :)
Really pretty!! I can’t imagine paying close to $200 for the Anthro one. Love yours.
I know! I can’t imagine paying $200 for much though… Thanks so much for stopping by again Carmody!
Stephanie @ The Styled Soul
Great knock off!! And I am LOVING your wall color. I tried a similar color in what used to be our dining room but I could never make it work. Love the pops of white!
Thanks so much Stephanie! I’m not sure if I’d love it in a living area… but tucked away in our bedroom, the dark colour feels like a retreat!
Ah I love it. I love that it was fraction of the price
Thanks Havalah! I could never pay the full price- so I’m thrilled at how much it came out to!
This mirror is fantastic and so simple! I love it. Thanks for linking up at Link It or Lump It, you’ll be one of my features next week :-)
Thanks so much Leigh Anne! I can’t wait :)
What a fantastic idea, you can buy embroidery frames with little rings for hanging as well. Definitely my style, thank you.
I haven’t found those! That would be perfect for this project- thanks Nicki!
Wow! What a savings! I love yours–great job! Thanks for sharing at Make. Bake. Create!
Thanks Emily! I’m so glad you stopped by :)
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
This is awesome and such a great knock off! Thanks for sharing at The Makers – pinned :)
Thanks so much Katie! I appreciate the pin :)
Alexis @ Persia Lou
This is awesome! Great project and great tutorial. I love the way it looks on your wall. Beautiful!
Thanks Alexis! I love your style so that means a lot :)
Sarah Nenni Daher
You are so crafty, Colleen. Every time I stop by, I am so impressed. Following you now on bloglovin’ to have the goodness delivered. Thank you for linking up!
Aw, thanks Sarah! You’re so sweet :)
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Thanks Dean, I appreciate it. The template/theme is by 17th ave designs.
What a great project! I love seeing how much less we can DIY stuff! Thanks for sharing at our Link it or Lump it.
Thanks Amy! Isn’t DIY great? I love that I can have stuff in my house that I DIYd that I could otherwise not afford.
Jenn @ My Fabuless Life
So, so in love with this project. It’s like two of my favorite things got together and had a beautiful child!! (Stopping by from Golden Sycamore).
Haha! Thank you so much for the sweet comment Jenn :)
Cassie @Kent Heartstrings
I love this! What a clever knock off, and the sentiment if so sweet and simple! Thank you for sharing at Motivational Monday, I hope you join us again tomorrow!
Cassie @Kent Heartstrings
Oh Oh! and I am featuring you on my blog tomorrow at Motivational Monday, come over and check yourself out ;) kentheartstrings.com
Thanks so much Cassie! I just stopped over to check it out… your party is fantastic, I’m looking forward to making it a weekly!
This is such an awesome DIY! Pinning immediately! Thank you for linking up at the Found and Foraged linky party! We hope to see you again! AND just a heads up, we are partying one day early (Friday 8PM CT) because because InLinkz is doing maintenance right when our party normally goes live. So for one week only, the day is changing.
Thanks so much Kyla, I appreciate that! I will be there Friday :)
This looks way better than the Anthro one! and you save $150 bucks? LOVE IT! Also, wanted to let you know I have a link party on Wednesday, hope to see you there! Can’t wait to party with you at https://homeschoolapalooza.wordpress.com :-)
Thanks Coco! I like it better too :) I’ll definitely check it out!
Thanks for your wonderful DIY! I had a ” naked” mirror from my childhood, wanted to frame it! So, got the hoop idea. Searched your project and a few others and now have a gorgeous hooped mirror that I painted to match my newly redecorated bedroom!
Unfortunately, I can’t send pictures!
I’m so glad to hear it worked out! What a great way to repurpose a mirror you already had.