As many of you already following along have probably gathered by now, we LOVE driftwood! And we love to use it many different ways to make all kinds of stuff, such as our driftwood lavender window wreath, driftwood Christmas tree, and our driftwood tree ornament and the project shown here. The list goes on and on and on and high on that list has been to make a driftwood mirror!
But for those of you stopping by for the first time, we’ll let you in on one of our most favourite past times...collecting driftwood along the shores of Lake Huron. The opportunity doesn’t happen nearly as often as we would like but when it does, we jump at the chance to walk the beach with our bags in hand. Afterwards, we love to joke about what a “hard day at the office” it was!
Making this round driftwood mirror has been on our minds for a while. So over time we've collected and sorted driftwood specifically to use for this project. And when we came across an assortment of various sized flat mirrors at Michaels, we knew it was time to make one! This particular project used up about 150 individual driftwood pieces.
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Materials Needed for this DIY coastal decor idea:
- Assorted driftwood pieces - sized 3” to 7” long in various widths
- Bevelled mirror - circular shape, 14” diameter
- Construction Adhesive* (or similar product) for attaching mirror to plywood
- ½” thick sheet of plywood
- Picture framing kit* (this one from Amazon holds up to 30 pounds)
- Sand paper; 60 Grit
- Glue gun and plenty of glue sticks
- Some other suggestions for applying the driftwood are 1. use a wood glue or super glue for a stronger, more secure adhesive or 2. nailing gun with small brad nails
How to Make a Round Driftwood Mirror
Step 1: Prepare the Mirror Base
We used a ½” thick sheet of leftover plywood and cut it in a circular shape to match the mirror shape. Since we wanted 2 ½” of plywood to show beyond the mirror all around, the finished size of the cut out plywood is 19”. Here’s the math behind it: 14” for the size of the mirror + 2 1/2” (exposed plywood) + 2 ½” (exposed plywood) = 19”.
Using a jigsaw, we cut along the marked line to create the base. [We’ll admit it, we had one of our handy hubbies help us with this step:) One day we’ll build up the nerve to operate our own jigsaw.] Once the base was cut, we gently sanded down all the edges for a smooth finish. We used 60 grit, about a medium grade sandpaper to do this.
We picked up a picture framing kit at the nearest home hardware store. And following the instructions on the back of the kit, we added two sets of hooks to the back side of the base. This was the side that was hung up against the wall.
Step 2: Attach the Mirror to the Base
To apply the mirror onto the base, we carefully turned the mirror right side down on a smooth surface, taking care to ensure the mirror didn't get scratched or broken!
Using the construction adhesive, we squeezed a good amount of the glue onto the back of the mirror and spread it out with a flat spatula (a paint stick would also do).
Again, we gently turned the mirror back over and placed it centered on top of plywood. We needed to clamp the plywood and mirror together and allowed it to dry for several days before moving on to the next steps (aka the fun part!).
Step 3: Attach the Driftwood Pieces
Once the mirror was secured in place we removed all the clamps and laid the mirror right side up. Using a hot glue gun (or you could use one of the other options suggested in the materials list above), we began to apply the longer driftwood pieces to the exposed plywood base. We continued to work around the circle.
We layered shorter driftwood pieces on top and in between the longer driftwood pieces to hide the exposed plywood underneath. Because hot glue is not the strongest adhesive, the finished driftwood mirror was somewhat fragile so we found we had to be very careful when moving it around. But once the mirror was hung in place, the hot glue did what it needed it to!
We found this helpful post from Adhesives.org that outlines all the different types of glue and appropriate uses for each. If you’d rather use a stronger adhesive for your DIY driftwood mirror, we’d suggest a wood glue or super glue.
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And there it is...our driftwood mirror all hung up! It's almost as nice as this one we found on Amazon*. What is it about driftwood that we love so much?