DIY Nautical Round Rope Mirror Frame Tutorial

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

One thing that I really wanted to include in our half bathroom makeover was a rope mirror. I have pinned a ton as inspiration, but y’all know that I love the coastal vibe of rope everything! In the past I have made a rope lamp, a rope vase, a rope doorstop, rope coasters, a rope bowl, and rope placecards for our wedding. So, I was totally ready to conquer this project as a DIY!

Here is what you will need:

  • A framed wall hanging mirror + hardware to hang
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue
  • Rope

Here is what you do:

I of course wanted to use the mirror that we already had to save cash. So, I simply took it off the wall and laid it flat to work on. We were painting so it had to come down anyways.
DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

I decided that I wanted 2 widths of rope – a thicker one for the middle and a thinner one for the border. I already had a lot of rope on hand but ended up picking up a 25′ roll of 3/8″ inch rope from Lowe’s for $8. My thinner rope is 1/4″ in width. If you mix ropes, plan to stick to a similar finish (these are both glossy white). The total length that you need will depend on the size of your mirror.

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

Pick a spot to start. I chose the bottom of the O. Hot glue your rope in place and work your way around the frame. I found it easier for me to sit in place and spin the mirror. I went around and around for about 30 minutes, gluing it down in 6 inch sections and then pressing it with my fingers to secure.

My biggest tip is that you neeeeeeeed a high heat glue gun. This is the one I have. It is not expensive and works amazingly – it melts the glue very quickly and keeps it going. It puts my old dinky gun to shame!

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

Next, we hung it up on the wall. Looking good!

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

My final step is optional but makes a big difference. Hot glue can be stringy and messy. I suggest taking a hair dryer to the project to melt the strings and get a cleaner result.

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

 

Pretty good for $8 out of pocket! Of course, I had a lot already on hand, but that’s the game in this project – for $100 make over, you really have to use what you have!

Be sure you check out the other participants in the $100 challenge this week:

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Our Spring Mantel

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

I am so excited to share our spring mantel with you today. One thing that I am most excited about in our new home is decorating for the seasons and the holidays. We now have space to store off season decor, but also we have lots of more spaces to decorate!

We updated our fireplace by running molding and extending it to the fireplace, but haven’t really updated it much since.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

I wanted to update the mantel for spring by adding lots of greens and florals. I am lucky that so much is in bloom right now – these camellias and the leaves came from our side yard! I have 2 slightly different looks for you, one with the extra greenery and one without. The extra greenery is lush and dramatic and fabulous, but maybe not an everyday look.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

For a more simple look,  I also styled the mantel without the greens. This is how it will normally hang out this season, and I will just refresh the flowers every three to five days with new cuttings.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

The brass candlesticks are 2 sets of graduated brass candlesticks from my Etsy shop. I styled them with simple white tapers and just love the look.

Be sure to click over and check out some of the other spring mantels by some of my blogger friends!

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Have you been decorating for spring? 

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What We Keep On Our Kitchen Counters

What We Keep On Our Kitchen Counters - Charleston Crafted

I recently read a fun post on the Chris Loves Julia blog – what we keep out on our kitchen counters. I found this so interesting and thought that it would be fun to share our own version!

What We Keep On Our Kitchen Counters - Charleston Crafted

As you know we are in the middle of a kitchen renovation. But, what we keep on our counters now is most likely what is going to stay there.

What We Keep On Our Kitchen Counters - Charleston Crafted

By the sink we have a jug of hand soap and a drying rack, as well as a fun sponge holder. I would love to get a more attractive drying rack – any suggestions?

What We Keep On Our Kitchen Counters - Charleston Crafted

Next to the sink we have our blender and mixer. We use these multiple times a week. There wasn’t space for them when we put the coffee maker and the toaster in the pantry, but they look OK right here. We used to keep cutting boards here but moved them to the open shelving. We also have a knife block that we keep out.

What We Keep On Our Kitchen Counters - Charleston Crafted

On the other side of the stove we keep this Le Creuset of large spoons. We also have the matching salt crock, a pepper grinder, and our olive oil and balsamic. Those jars are from West Elm and the tile was a sample from Tile Bar. I am really really loving keeping our salt, pepper, and oil right next to the stove. Our island sort of blocks the path from the stove to the pantry (total first world problem) and so this really saves a few steps when I want to get oil heating on the stove as I chop an onion or something like that.

I love having these things at hand and I want to know what you keep out on your counter!

 

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Charleston Map Art

Charleston Map Art - Charleston Crafted

I love a good map. I mean, no one actually uses maps any more (do they? maybe my dad) but they sure can be beautiful. I love the look of old fashioned maps, and I love love the more modern maps designed solely as art. We are so excited to share our latest map art with you today.

Charleston Map Art - Charleston Crafted

This is the Charleston map by Modern Map Art in blue. We chose an 8″x10″ that we framed in one of these matted frames (we had a few extra from our gallery wall) and think that it makes quite the impact. I love the bold navy and white contrasting print – it goes perfectly in our kitchen.

Charleston Map Art - Charleston Crafted

One of the coolest parts? We can see our house on the map! Well, not the actual house of course, but we live on a corner and were able to find the intersection! That’s pretty special.

Charleston Map Art - Charleston Crafted

Modern Map Art offers city map posters for hundreds of cities. Do you ski? Check out their ski maps, too!

Charleston Map Art - Charleston Crafted

We are so excited to be partnering with Modern Map Art to giveaway an 8×10″ map today. Use the widget below to enter. The giveaway ends Monday night (February 27th)! It ships to the US only.

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We were gifted this map in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are true and our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Charleston Crafted possible. 

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Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Knocked out a super fast project last week. You know how we love driftwood around here and there certainly is an abundance at the beach. We’ve done things ranging from our coffee table to a mirror frame to a candle holder and more. But I had a coworker who was leaving for a new job, so we wanted to send her off with a little memento of us and I had the idea to make a quick and easy DIY driftwood frame.

I searched my driftwood hoard stash and found two pieces that were naturally bent to almost right angles. I used a coping saw to even them out so they were the same size and would form together to make a rectangular frame.

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

I used two really thin trim nails to attach the pieces together. I thought about using hot glue, but I wanted them to fit smoothly and be sturdy.

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Then I simply attached a short, straight piece of driftwood to the back to act as the stand for the frame. I tapped a trim nail through the front of the frame and into the stand at the right angle. The nail heads are so small and are a natural wood color, so you can hardly tell they are there. That was it!

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

This frame took me no more than 15 minutes to make. It was a great gift. We cut out a picture of our group and stapled it to the back of the frame so that she would have a coastal reminder of our group in Charleston. This makes for a great gift or decor item for your home. Driftwood is so crafty and easy to work with that it’s an excellent resource to have around!

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