DIY Ribbon Fringe Mirror

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By far the biggest project that we did for our nursery, this one is also my favorite!

I wanted to add some texture and color with a unique wall hanging but wasn’t sure that to do.  So I turned to Pinterest for inspiration of course!  This wreath gave me the idea to turn a boring oval mirror into a cute nursery addition.

So, we dug out an old mirror out of storage {you can also find them at second hand stores and somethimes at the Habitiat For Humanity Restore} and got to work.

First, Hubby made a plywood backing for the mirror for me by tracing the shape of the mirror onto the wood and then leaving a three inch border around it.  Then, I painted the edges of the plywood using a colorful paint that I wouldn’t mind showing through the ribbon garland that I was going to add.  Next, we mounted the mirror to the plywood using Liquid Nails.  It is a super strong adhesive that you can find at Lowe’s, Home Depot and probably Walmart too.  Unfortunately, the pictures from this portion of the project have been inadvertently lost in the shuffle…  Once I find them, I will post them!

After that, I got busy making my ribbon garland.  I used TONS of ribbon.  I highly recommend buying online to get bigger spools for this project, as the ones at the craft stores generally only have 10-20 yards on them.  My main color spools of Green, Yellow and Turquoise were 50 yards a piece.  I also used accent ribbon that I did get from the craft store including orange rick rack, polka dot grosgrain, and some wispy ribbon options.  I think it is super important that you use a variety of fabric and texture options.

This is just a sampling of the ribbons used.. orange is a strong color so I didn't use it every time I repeated the pattern.

Cutting the ribbon  into 6″ pieces was a project in itself, which I showed on my post here.  After they were all cut, I started tying them to floral wire.  I used wire instead of string because I didn’t want it flopping around while I was working, and knew it would make shaping it around an oval mirror later on easier.  I tied the ribbons in the same order each time so it was a pattern.  You could probably do it randomly, but I wanted to make sure that the colors and textures were spaced out.

I filled an entire bowl of ribbon.. If I were to do it again, I would use small containers for each color/texture so I wouldn't have to dig through the bowl to find what I needed next.

I used a paper towel holder to wrap the garland up as I worked, and once the ribbons are all together it looks so fun!

Once I made an extremely long garland, I tested it out by wrapping it around the mirror a few times to make sure that I had enough rows of ribbon to cover all of the plywood.  I don’t know how long it ended up being.. but it was super long.  Then I started from the inside to the outside and used a staple gun to secure the ribbon garland to the plywood every 8-12 inches or so.

I ended up having three rows of ribbon around the entire mirror, spaced about a 1/2" apart. It covered the plywood just fine, especially since it is painted a light blue color.

Then, Hubby used a picture hanging kit to add a picture wire to the back.  We used one for a 50 pound picture.  Make sure you use a heavy enough wire, this mirror itself was heavy, and add in the plywood and it was super heavy.  {don’t want it falling down!}

We made sure not to hang it over the crib *just in case*... please do not hang heavy things above your crib!

Viola!  We were done!

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