Alberto and I really loved how the Wood Shingle Christmas Tree came out, and we wanted to do something else with the leftover shingles. We thought of the mirror set that we got last Spring (which we used to make the Sunburst Mirror in June) and decided to make another decorative mirror for the house.
As we started shingling the plywood, it started looking even better than we’d hoped! Consequently, it became more and more difficult to decide where in the house we would place the mirror…the dining room, family room, the bedrooms? It looked amazing in each room, but once we stained it, there was no question where it would go. We had the perfect place in the dining room, and it will be one of the first things people see when they walk into the room…perfect!
Here’s what we used to make the mirror:
- Wood shingles
- 2-foot x 2-foot 1/4-inch plywood
- 9-inch diameter mirror
- Natural wood stain and satin sealer
- 2 small screws and some wire
This is what we needed to put it together:
- Glue gun
- Saw ( Just to cut the shingles to size. We used a miter saw, but a small hand saw would work as well.)
- Paint brush
- Yard stick and pencil
Let’s Make an Accent Mirror!
- Start by using a yard stick to draw a straight line in the plywood, from one corner to the opposite corner. Repeat for the other two corners. You should see an X across the plywood when you’re done.
- Next draw a line 1 1/2-inches from the outside edge of the square, and continue around the board. Above the last line, draw another line 2-inches up from the prior line, and continue up to the center of the board.
- Place the mirror in the center, and trace around it. This will mark where you put the mirror later.
- Cut most of the shingles into 3 1/2-inch lengths. Save several for the final section around the mirror.
- Break a piece of the shingle into a 1-inch wide piece, and glue it to the edge of the plywood. The top of the shingle should line up with the outside line.
- Continue breaking pieces, and gluing them next to each other to cover the plywood. Be sure to use different colors and textures of wood. It will make the piece more interesting.
- As you get closer to a corner, break a shingle about 3 1/2-inches wide, and glue into the corner. Finish the side up to the corner, and start around on the next side.
- Once you’ve finished the first row, apply a piece of shingle on the next line up. Be sure that the shingle piece covers the break between the shingles below. Continue on up the plywood until you get to the circle for the mirror.
- Glue the mirror in place, and glue the next row of shingles so that they begin to cover the mirror. Only put glue on the shingles.
- Cut the remaining shingles into 2 1/2-inch lengths, and use them to frame the mirror using the same pattern. Be sure that the distance between the end of the shingles remains the same for this last row.
I’m from Arkansas, and my sister Ranae and our friend Hannah sent us two Razorback cocktail glasses in hopes that we’d be inspired for the Cotton Bowl. Well, considering that the Razorback’s won, we dedicated this cocktail break to the Hogs! Alberto wanted to do something that would be great for watching the games this season (while keeping calories in mind!); he came up with the Skinny Rita! It’s a delicious margarita that’s big on taste and light on the calories. Woo Pig Sooooie!
Bring out the Grain in the Wood!
- Tape off the mirror being sure to work the tape up under the shingles a little. This will protect the mirror from the stain.
- Stain the wood shingles and let dry, and then add sealer if you want.
Just add a couple of screws and wire to the back to hang it, and you have a beautiful unique accent mirror. I especially like the way the wood shows through with the stain. This is the perfect addition to our dining room!