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!
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