Everywhere I turn this week I am seeing water and whales! A very close friend of mine is having a baby soon and I am blessed with the opportunity of throwing her a baby shower. In true Marissa form though, Heaven forbid I go out and just buy what I need to get the job done. No, I have to spend the several months before hand making and prepping and conjuring ideas in my head. In my defense, though, I just have a very hard time paying for something that I know I can make myself for pennies on the dollar. My labor is free. Usually I have the tools. Sometimes I have the time.
Baby’s daddy is in the Navy and so it is appropriate that the baby shower is whale and nautical themed. If you are looking for an idea for a whale baby shower invite, here is the one I created for the shower (I removed all personal information):
There was one invitation image I found online using Google search that I used as inspiration (mine looks almost identical) but I was unable to find it to link up to it for this post. This invitation was created in Adobe Photoshop. I found a chevron clipart to make as the background and adjusted the coloring. The magic eraser tool in PS gets rid of the chevron behind the curly frame. The whale and the curly frame are also internet clipart. The rest is different layers of text. Even the /////////////// and ……………………………… lines are just slashes and periods. I must admit, I had a hard time finding square envelopes, but finally settled on the one at the big M craft store. They were a little more than I wanted to pay, but heck, that’s why they have coupons.
But, I digress…
Today’s post is the first of a series of nautical or whale themed posts. I handmade most of the items I am using for the shower. Several were inspired by Pinterest items, but I did not follow any DIY tutorials I found. Really, when it comes down to it, you have to make it work for you. So, as always, don’t be afraid to adjust and tweak the ideas you see.
One of my favorite nautical inspired decor items I created is this mirrored rope tray, or wall hanging, or whatever you see fit to do with it…
The tray cost less than $5 to make! And I absolutely love the way it turned out. It was incredibly easy and took so little time I cannot even quote you how long. Minutes.
Materials and Tools:
- Large circular mirror tile
- Sisal twine in your desired thickness (a package should have more than enough to wrap around the mirror)
- Hot glue gun
- Small scrap rectangle of felt in desired color
I purchased the mirror tile from my local big box craft store using a 40% off coupon. I happened to have the sisal rope on hand, but I recommend buying this from your local big box hardware store. The price will be much better than at a crafty shop.
Measure the length of rope you will need to wrap completely around the inside edge of your tile. I recommend cutting just a little bit extra and then you can trim it when you get to the end. Line the inside edge of the mirror with hot glue and immediately press the rope onto it. Be sure you are working with the natural curve of the rope. Do this in small sections so the glue doesn’t cool and dry before you are able to put the rope on it. Press down for a few seconds each time you adhere the rope to the glue on the mirror.
Complete the circle, trim the rope if necessary, and add a dab of glue to connect the two ends of the rope. Repeat how ever many times you want to create the look you are going for. Be sure to start and end the rope in the same location on each layer so the raw ends all line up. I chose to make two layers set inside of each other. There are so many ways you can get creative with this, but I love a simplistic piece.
My remedy for this was taking a scrap piece of felt and cutting it so that it would wrap all around the rope. It does not wrap under the tile side of the mirror, but starts at the flat surface on the outside and ends at the mirror surface on the inside. Hot glue this piece down as well. I actually tried using tacky glue first and that definitely did not work. Hot glue was perfect. Clean the mirror using a damp paper towel or window cleaning fluid.
And there you have it! A lovely nautical inspired tray. If you’d like to use it as a wall hanging, simply mount picture hanging hardware on the back side. Don’t want to mount it? Set it on a plate stand. Want to go the extra mile? Cut a piece of felt the same size as the mirror and glue it to the back. This will help protect your furniture from the mirror. Can you think of any other creative uses?