It has been a tradition for the past few years to camp up on Lake Ontario each summer with my in-laws. We stay at Selkirk Shores campground. There is the most amazing view of the sunset there each night – and you sleep next to the waves crashing on the shore. It really is lovely!
There is a beach that is within walking distance that we always take evening walks to. There is tons of driftwood pieces that washes up.
So I got the kiddos involved last year to collect me some pieces because I knew I wanted to craft something with it. I came up with these simple DIY Drift Wood Mirrors that cost me next to nothing to make (compared to something similar over on Amazon.)
Materials needed to make Drift Wood Mirrors:
Drift Wood (if you don’t have a beach near by with access to free wood, you can purchase it on Amazon.)
8 or 9 inch round mirror
Hot glue gun
6.5″ round template
I started off by finding a bowl that was 6.5″ in diameter – a bit smaller compared to the 9″ round mirror I had (which were left over from my wedding decor from almost a decade ago!) I traced the bowl and cut out the circle. I used one piece of tape and lightly pressed it onto the mirror so that it would stay in place. This paper circle now serves as a border that I can use to know where to glue the drift wood so that it will make an even circle. This paper will be removed later on.
Next I got out my drift wood and laid it out into one layer to get a general idea of how I wanted it to look before I started gluing.
When I was satisfied with the placement of the drift wood, then I got my hot glue gun out and started attaching each piece.
Here it is after one layer. I wasn’t satisfied with how it came out and decided it needed a second layer of shorter drift wood to make it more full.
So then I laid out a second layer of shorter pieces and glued them on.
After you are done gluing and let it cool for a bit, you will need to clean up the “hot glue spider webs” that are always left behind.
Remove the paper circle that was used as an outline. After that, you have the complete drift wood mirror!
I also attached some twine on the back to hang it up. This isn’t a very heavy frame, so I wasn’t too concerned about what kind of hardware to use to hang it. If yours is heavier, then you will need some hanging wire and stronger hardware.
I love how it turned out! Similar ones at Amazon are so much more expensive! I’ve seen cheaper ones at Joann Fabrics – more in the $20 range – and I still like the one I made myself better. 😉
Here’s another fun craft using drift wood pieces:
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