If you’ve been following youngest RFW’s bedroom makeover you will already know that I am limited by budget. Never one to be put off I enjoy finding ways around this. As you already know I made most of the furniture myself but when it comes to accessories I thought I would just have to buy everything. That is until I tried to find a mirror that suited the room and more importantly my budget! Well, could I find anything? You got it, not a sausage! As I was saying though, where there’s a will, there’s usually a way. So the cogs in my brain began to whirr (as they do) waiting for that light bulb moment. Why does it always come to you in the middle of the night? And here you have it, my DIY round mirror with leather strap and a hanging peg.
I’ve no idea why mirrors are so expensive. Especially when you’re looking for something that has that little extra attention to detail that makes you go, ‘that’s the one’. When I first came up with the design and concept for the room I originally wanted a square, industrial style mirror for the space under the bed. But once the design was coming together I quickly realised that round would be so much better. The space needed softening and so my search began. Thinking Google is my friend you can imagine how sorely upset I was to discover that nothing I liked was within my budget. And so I came up with this easy DIY. Please do have a read and let me know what you think.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR YOUR DIY ROUND MIRROR WITH LEATHER HANGING STRAP AND HANGING PEG
Plywood (mine is 18mm Thick and Left Over From The Bedroom Makeover)
Mirror (I Bought This One From B&Q)
Screws with a Bolt Head
Wood Varnish Or Wax (I used Osmo Polyx Oil in Black)
Cheap Wooded Door Knob (Here’s The One I Bought From Homebase)
Double Ended Screw ( I Bought These From B&Q)
HOW TO MAKE MY DIY ROUND MIRROR WITH LEATHER STRAP AND HANGING PEG
First things first remove the mirror from it’s wrapper. And then place it face up on your plywood and draw around it with your pen. Try to get the line as close to the mirror as you possible can as we want it to be a perfect fit once we’ve cut it out.
CUTTING THE BACKING FOR THE MIRROR OUT
Using your jigsaw carefully follow the line you’ve drawn. It makes starting the cutting easier if you have one edge of the mirror touching the edge of the plywood when you draw round it. And you may need an extra pair of hands to support the wood when you’ve almost cut the whole way around. And then once cut out have a quick check that the size if OK by laying your mirror onto it. You don’t want to go through all the next steps only to find it’s too big or for that matter too small either.
SANDING AND STAINING THE MIRROR BACKING
Once you’ve checked that the mirror is all OK size wise it’s time to give it a good sand down. I used my cordless orbital sander from Draper’s but a piece of sandpaper and some elbow grease will work ,just as well. Make sure to pay close attention to the edges too as this is the only part that will be on display once the mirror is complete. When its feeling silky smooth it’s time to seal the wood. You could use a clear or tinted varnish but I opted for Osmo Polyx Oil in Black. Basically I’m a skin flint and this was already in my outhouse! Oh, and whilst your at it stain the wooden knob too as this will become your hanging peg.
MAKING THE HANGING STRAP
Whilst your varnish/oil/wax is drying it’s time to turn your thoughts to how you’re going to hang the mirror and this is where the belt comes in. Place your belt on the cutting mat and measure 20cm from the buckle. Draw a line and then also measure 70cm from the other end and draw another line. Using your Stanley knife and metal ruler carefully cut along both of these lines. And then discard the middle bit.
Now take the smaller piece of belt with the buckle and measure up 2cm from the cut end and make a small mark with your pen either side of the belt along with one smack bang in the middle. Next, find the centre of the cut end and measure 0.5cm either side of it and make 2 more small marks. Join these marks up to the two higher up the side to create a ‘V’, And then using your metal ruler and Stanley knife carefully cut along them (As above).
To finish it off grab your leather hole punch and with it on the largest setting cut a hole where you placed the central mark. Then repeat these steps with the cut end of the longer strap too. And do up the buckle end of the small piece of leather onto first hole of larger piece. Just like fastening the belt if you we wearing it. That’s your hanging strap made.
GLUING THE MIRROR TO THE BACK PLATE
Hopefully by now your wood will be dry and ready for the next step. Check your mirror doesn’t have a backing that needs peeling off! Mine did and I didn’t realise only to find out when it fell off after hanging it! The joys of being a pioneer (insert face plant emoji). Then and only after then apply some silicon based glue randomly allover one side of the wood. Be careful though not to get it too close to the edges. You don’t want it oozing (isn’t that a great word?) out once you place the mirror on top.
Now carefully line up with mirror with the wood and press it down. It takes about half an hour for the glue to take hold and it’s worth putting something weighty on the mirror for that amount of time. I used a tin of paint, as you do! But as I said, remember to take the backing off. Also, let the glue cure for 24 hours before hanging. And remember!! Yes, I know, you’ve got it.
ADDING THE HANGING STRAP TO THE MIRROR
The final stage in making the mirror is to add your strap. This bit is easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Grab hold of your ruler and hold it down anywhere on the edge of the mirror at zero. Now pivot it left and right until you hit 40cm at the other end of the ruler. We know the mirror has a diameter of 40 cm and this is the easiest way to find that half way point. When you hit the magic number (that’s number wang! Err what? Google it, I hope it will make you giggle as much me) make a mark on the mirror. This is where we are going to place the screws to hold the leather.Now grab your drill and add a fine wood drill bit and drill a hole right through the centre of the wood in line with your pen marks.
THE FINISHED MIRROR HANGING IN PRIDE OF PLACE
The beauty of plywood means you don’t even have to measure it. Just count the layers and plump for the middle one! Now grab your hanging strap (are you still with me? you’ve got this!!) And feed your nut screws through the leather and then screw into your mirror. There’s something ultimately satisfying about a screw tightening isn’t there? The waiting and getting it just right? No?….. Just me? …..Well I never promised to be normal! (Where’s that face plant emoji again??). (Can you have a face plant emoji addiction??). (More than that can I have consecutive sentences in brackets??). (My poor English teacher will be turning in his grave). God bless Mr Williams! Mind you he always told me I was too wordy!
All you need to do now is hang the mirror and this is where the wooden knob and double ended screw comes in. Firstly work out where you would like the mirror to hang and then drill a hole in your wall the correct size for the rawl plug. Then pop the rawl plug into the hole you’ve just made. Now replace the drill bit in your drill with the double ended screw. And use the drill to screw this into your wall plug. You should now have the other end protruding from the wall. All you have to do is screw the handle onto it and then hang the mirror.
ONE LAST SHOT JUST FOR GOOD LUCK
All in all it took me about an hour and a half to make if you don’t include drying times. It was so much fun to make an a great little project for the weekend. It would make a wonderful gift too. So…….. What do you think? Do you like it? Would you give it a go yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please do leave a comment. If you like this DIY you might also fancy trying my DIY Leather Cabinet Pull too. l Oh, and remember to ‘Pin It’ for later if you do fancy giving my DIY a go! x