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Friday, 2 March 2012

Geometric Mirror Tutorial

As I explained in my first post about my geometric mirror, I got my inspiration from this pic at Anthropologie.  

I new I could come up with something without spending Anthropologie's $648.00 asking price.  So here's what I created:

I already had 2 mirrors that I had purchased a couple of year's ago at a Target store in Illinois while I was visiting my sister.  (I live in Canada and we do not have a Target store)  They looked a lot like this one that the Target store has on line now.  But, I would never have paid $27.89 ea, sale or no sale.  Mine were about $14.99 or less if I recall.  

This is the actual mirror:  (my house is dark and hard to take a good pic)

So I took a trip to my local Michael's Store and found some Balsa Wood sticks.  

They looked like these:

They were 36" long and 1/2" X 1/2" and no more than $2.00ea.  I took them home and spray painted them black. 

Then I took my mirror, found the center of it, and drew a line down it with a dry eraser pen and a long straight edge, which happened to be a long level.  

I then need to find my center spot on the mirror.  I used the concept from art class as a child.  I drew two more lines from corner to corner, crossing over the first one.  Were the X meets is now your center of the entire mirror.  

I then needed to figure out how large I wanted the three squares to be.  I hunted in the house for something square.  The best I could do was this ZipLoc lid.

I felt that this was still a little large for my squares so I folded a piece of paper up into a square, just smaller than the lid.

I cut out my square and then found the center of it using the same X system as above by folding the square twice.  I then poked a hole into the center of the square so that when I placed it on top of the X on the mirror, I would be able to see the black markings on the mirror.  I also measure the square in order for me to no how big to cut the wood to create the square.  It ended up being 4 1/2" square.  

I cut 12 pieces of wood to the length of 4 1/2".  I then had to make a 90 degree cut in order to connect the pieces together like a picture frame.  To find my 90 I again folded my square from opposite corner to opposite corner.  This created a 90.  I laid it on top of the wood and cut my 90.  (I only work with hi tech tools here people)

  I then glued them all together using Home Depot's No More Nails:

I took my paper square with the hole in the middle and laid it onto the X on the center of my mirror, I then positioned my square on top of it until it was lined up and then removed the paper.  I then began measuring all of the distances I had remaining and centered the next two squares in the same way.  

I then measured the distance between each square in order to make my cuts to join up each square.  I laid everything out for a dry fit. 

I touched up all of my paint spots that needed doing and then I proceeded to glue everything down with the No More Nails trying very carefully not to use to much so that I would not seep out.  I did have to cut some away with a utility knife after it was dried.  

And that's it.  I ended up with my Anthropologie inspired mirror.  Now I just have one more to complete and then I have to decide where to hang them. 

                       Mine                                                                             Anthropologie's 

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  1. wow! What a great idea! I love that mirror. So glad I stopped by and saw it. :)
    Have a blessed weekend!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Traci. I actually posted my previous post onto your Linky Party.

  2. Found you on TT&J, Carol. I recently found a china cabinet with detailing on the doors similar to the Anthropologie mirror. Still searching for easy and affordable materials to try the circles but this is a great backup plan.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Lauren. I'm so glad I could give someone an idea. I made squares because I figured it would be way easier. I do prefer the circles though. I just thought, you can buy circles for embroidery projects. You could just cut off the screw thingy in it.

  3. Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap UP Party!!!

    1. Thank you for stopping in and joining. I've been enjoying your blog.

  4. Love the mirror-great idea-I'm following you from TDC-stop by for a visit!

    1. Thank for for the compliment. I will definitely come over for a visit.