Beautiful belted mirrors and clocks have been floating around this newfangled world wide interweb for a while now, with plenty of DIYers making them for under $20.
The basic concept is that you take a sleek and simple mirror or clock, wrap a belt around the frame, and use the belt as the hanging device. When you combine the clean lines with the natural leather element and a tough buckle, you have the perfect trifecta of balance.
I have been experimenting with concrete lately and decided to create my own mirror base, rather than buying one. If you are going to DIY, go big or go home, right?
- Concrete mix
- Bucket, water, stirring device - to prepare concrete.
- Mirror - This needs to be small enough to fit inside the cake pan.
- Clear packing tape
- Round non-stick cake pan - Good odds you aren't going to want to bake your Nana a birthday surprise in this pan after this project, so it might be worth it to buy a cheap one from the dollar store just for this project.
- Concrete epoxy
- Belt - H&M is the best place for inexpensive skinny belts if you don't already have one. I got mine for $1.50 in the clearance section.
- Cover the front of your mirror with clear packing tape. This will prevent concrete from sticking to the mirror.
- Center your mirror, face down, on the bottom of the cake pan.
- Prepare your concrete per the package instructions.
- Scoop prepared concrete into cake pan. Make sure you pack it down as you go. You want the finished product to be 1 - 1.5 inches thick. If you go much thicker than that the mirror will get too heavy.
- Smooth off the top of your concrete as much as possible and leave to cure. Cure time will depended on the type of concrete you use. I use the non-quick drying concrete and let it cure for 4 days.
- Once your concrete is cured, flip the pan upside down, and the whole thing will just slide right out.
- Mix up your concrete epoxy and apply a layer around the edges of the concrete where you want your belt to touch.
- Press the belt to the epoxy and hold it in place for a minute.
- Once the belt is secured to the concrete, set it aside for a few hours to give it time to dry.
- Hang up your new masterpiece!