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Accents

A Unique and Thrifty DIY Mirror Project that will Brighten Any Guest Room

When a room lacks light, a mirror's reflection can help create the illusion of a window to the outside. With the help of <a href="//www.homedepot.com" target="_blank">The Home Depot</a> and <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Swiffer-Sweep-and-Trap-Sweeper-003700088718/204496882" target="_blank">Swiffer&reg; Sweep and Trap&trade;</a>, this DIY wooden dowel mirror can be the perfect handmade accent to any room that needs a little brightness. When a room lacks light, a mirror's reflection can help create the illusion of a window to the outside. With the help of <a href="//www.homedepot.com" target="_blank">The Home Depot</a> and <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/p/Swiffer-Sweep-and-Trap-Sweeper-003700088718/204496882" target="_blank">Swiffer&reg; Sweep and Trap&trade;</a>, this DIY wooden dowel mirror can be the perfect handmade accent to any room that needs a little brightness.
Create a refreshing, one-of-a-kind framed mirror with wooden dowel, some glue and Swiffer. #BrightIdeas

When a room lacks light, a mirror's reflection can help create the illusion of a window to the outside. With the help of The Home Depot and Swiffer® Sweep and Trap™, this DIY wooden dowel mirror can be the perfect handmade accent to any room that needs a little brightness.

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Inspired by the wooden dowel wreath Mandi from Vintage Revival's made for the Holiday challenge, we decided to take it one step further and create a true year-round centerpiece in the form of a chic mirror.
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All you need for this project are:

  • 3 - 1/2 in. Wooden Dowels

  • 3 - 5/8 in. Wooden Dowels

  • 3 - 1 in. Wooden Dowels

  • Multipurpose Sandpaper

  • Swiffer Sweep & Trap

  • Heavy Duty Wood Glue

  • 1/2 in. Panel of Particleboard

  • 14" Round Mirror

  • Sawtooth Picture Hanger

  • The Home Depot Bucket

  • Jigsaw

  • Compound Miter Saw

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First, we started with a 14" round mirror, which you can find at your local craft store. Use the mirror as a stencil and trace around it on the 1/2 inch of particleboard.
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Then, cut the circle out with a jigsaw.
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Next, you'll want to secure the mirror to the wood. This will act as your base for the project. Use a heavy-duty wood glue to adhere the mirror to the wood. Set it aside.
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Using a compound miter saw, cut the wooden dowels to varied lengths of 3.5 inches to 2 inches. It might be helpful to pre-mark out the measurement on the wooden dowel (taking into consideration the loss of length because of the thickness of the saw blade). The Home Depot bucket is great for keeping all of your dowel pieces in one place.
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Then we used the Swiffer Sweep & Trap to sweep up all of the sawdust from the wooden dowels.
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Now that you have a clean room and a bucket full of wooden dowel pieces, you can begin to adhere them to the base of the mirror. Placing a sheet of wax paper under your project will keep the glue from oozing all over. Then, one-by-one, place the wooden dowel down, putting the glue at the base and holding each in place for about 30 seconds. Be sure to sand down the rough edge of the dowels to create a smooth surface.
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Each dowel can be glued to the base and the dowel next to it to make the frame sturdier. It is best to build up a cluster to the thickness of the frame you desire. You may need more wooden dowels if your mirror is bigger that 14 inches or if you would like to create a wide frame.
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Be sure to work the shorter dowels onto the actual mirror itself, slightly overlaying onto the mirror itself. This hides the mirror edge and the reflection of the edge on the mirror.
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Keep an eye on the thickness of the frame around the mirror as you work, making sure that the thickness of the clusters is evenly spaced. Once complete, let it dry for a few hours.
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Peel away the wax paper and affix the sawtooth hanger on the back.
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Now you have a unique mirror that will brighten any room. It's sure to be a conversation piece that you can be proud to say you made yourself!