I have been sick in bed all week, which has given me a lot of time to daydream about redecorating my entire house. I’ve had visions of my guest room painted a pale blue and decorating with nautical accents. Which, then led me on a huge long Internet search for all things nautical related. Then, I imagined a DIY nautical knot mirror hanging on the wall. And guys? That’s what I made.
This project was super easy, and surprisingly affordable. I had no idea you could buy a mirror cutout for just a few dollars at the craft store. I always assumed they were way more money just because of how much they are in home decor stores.
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First things first, I gathered my supplies. A quick trip to Joann’s and about $7 later, I came out with all of this in hand (half inch rope (long enough to wrap around my mirror, plus abut a foot more), a mirror, E600, and scissors.
I didn’t make the knots too tight, so I was able to go back through and make sure each one was evenly spaced before I started gluing it all to around my mirror.
For the ends, I just tied a knot on one side and then slid the other end of the rope through it. I left it looking like the picture above until the very end, so that I was able to adjust that last knot as needed to fit the rope perfectly around my mirror.
Then came the fun part! Gluing.
Guys, I was super nervous for this part! I was sure I was going to mess up somehow. But, it was surprisingly easy to get the rope to stick nice and tight to the mirror. I started by putting the glue on the rope and then sticking it onto the mirror, but found as I kept going that it was a lot easier to put the glue on the mirror and then stick the rope onto that. I also learned that it was best to not glue any of the knots onto the mirror until the sides were all dry and perfectly in place.
Be sure to take your time and make sure everything lines up! Also, add a little pressure so you get a good flat stick! It may even be a good idea to lay some books on there for a little weight. I was just too lazy to go round some up. Whoops.
Once you get to the final two sides (next to the top knot), slowly start pulling your ends and making sure the rope fits exactly around the mirror. Once it’s the right size, go ahead and glue those two sides on.
Now comes the scary part! Add some glue into the middle of that top knot and make sure both those ends are glued in there tight. Then, trim the edges so it looks like your rope is completely seamless.
Once everything is dry, just go back through and add glue in the places you may have missed and also a little dab under each knot to hold them into place.
And, ta-da! It’s done.