Two of my good friends, Jaime and Joe, are FINALLY getting married after 12 years of togetherness. (Although how she put him with him for that long, I'll never know...j/k...sorta)
I was originally asked to be a bridesmaid in the wedding and was honored that they wanted me to be a part of their big day. However, after Amazing Boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer, Jaime and I had a conversation and I decided to graciously back out because we didn't know at the time how ABF was going to do with treatment, or if we were even going to be able to attend the wedding at all. However, they are still good friends and have been wonderful and supportive of both me and ABF through all of this. So I had to make them something awesome for their wedding gift.
Jaime and Joe's style is simply country. They have horses (and cows, chickens, and rabbits...oh my!), and are buying their first home where they'll finally be able to have their animals at home. They got engaged at the rodeo. The groomsmen at their wedding will be wearing cowboy hats and boots. Just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
Since they are buying their first home, I wanted to make them something that they could use to decorate their new space.
Pretty cool, huh?
Wanna see how I did it?
large mirror with flat frame
sisal rope (amount depends on frame)
craft paint (optional)
I was so excited when I found this mirror at Goodwill, when I went there to get mason jars. It had a flat frame that was a little nicked here and there, but was perfect for this project because I was going to be covering it anyway.
So I started this project by taking covering the mirror, to make sure I didn't get glue all over the mirror, while I was gluing on the rope. If you are not a messy crafter (like me) or can remove the mirror while you work on it, you can skip this step.
Next, I just started gluing. I know that doesn't sound like much, but it's what I did. I decided instead of cutting the pieces, that I'd try to do one continuous piece that wrapped all over the mirror. But you could cut it, so that the corners are angled and come together to make a neat pattern. I used 1 package of 1/2" x 50 ft. of sisal and had plenty left over.
I decided to add embellishments to the corners. Since I was going for a western theme, I took wooden horseshoe cutouts that I got from Michael's and painted them with metallic craft paint. I attached them at each corner of the mirror. But you could easily add seashells or other nautical shapes, strips of leather or other embellishments for a different look.
Then I uncovered the mirror, cleaned all the fingerprints off, and tried to get a decent picture (which is a lot harder then it sounds, I hate photographing mirrors!)
I'm so pleased with the way it turned out! I think Jaime and Joe are going to love it. At least I hope so!
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