Saturday, October 6, 2012

DIY Bamboo Mirror

Today, I am bringing you another project from our bedroom that will hopefully be done today.  Originally, I wanted to do an Asian symbol medallion made out of bamboo.  Like this.

I picked out a symbol that I thought would be easy to cut using bamboo, but once we started cutting the pieces it wasn't looking like I envisioned so I scrapped the idea. 

I still wanted to use the bamboo that I already had.  After thinking about it for awhile, I came up with this.

Here is what I used to make this mirror.

Bamboo (cut into little pieces at varying heights)
Kolja Mirror (Ikea)
Hot glue & glue gun

We used a mitre saw to cut the pieces and the bamboo got splintery (if that is a word) so we had to sand each an every piece of bamboo.  If I had it to do over, I would find another way to cut them so that the splinters were avoided.  I also had to paint by hand the outer part of the bamboo black.  Another time consuming task.  But the rest is very easy to do and can be done in about 45 minutes. 

After all the prep work, start hot gluing your bamboo onto the mirror.  For installation purposes, we had to leave a rim of mirror exposed on the outer edge to attach the mirror hanging hardware.  Once the bamboo is all glued on, hang it on the wall.

This mirror really finished off this wall.  I love it.  It was really easy and unlike most of my projects, I had no complications while making it.  So that makes me happy.

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  1. I think that mirror is brilliant! Love how unique it is.

  2. What an awesome mirror! It's beautiful, great job!


  3. Thanks. It was very easy to do. I am really glad I decided to do it.

  4. Hi, Lauren! Love how the mirror turned out! Sometimes the plans we make originally, turn into something we never expected and most often it's better than we could have imagined. Great wall color too! Stopping by from Metamorphosis Monday and newly following. Have a great week! ~Mary

    1. Thanks Mary. You are right. I probably like this mirror better than the asian medallion. So it all works out. Thanks for following.

  5. Your mirror looks amazing! It has an exotic natural look that is distinctly Asian:) I love how you can see your doggie in the second to the last picture!

    1. I love that you can see my doggie in the mirror too!

  6. I love that unique mirror-- and it looks like an affordable DIY project! I am pinning this so I can come back to it-- looks like a really cool project.

  7. Look great! I love your use of bamboo!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

    I'm now following you. Hope you link up this Tuesday!

    1. Thanks for following Betsy. I appreciate all my new followers.

  8. Love your mirror! Thanks for sharing it at my party. Stop by tomorrow to see it featured. Grab a "House Featured" button too!

    1. Thanks for featuring me Leslie. I really appreciate it.

  9. The mirror is gorgeous!
    I am your newest follower. :)

  10. Wow, that mirror is just fabulous! I love the varying heights of the bamboo, and the whole thing looks great on that wall. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!