Copper Mirror DIY

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Everyone has those pieces in their homes. The ones that you need, but just don’t quite fit with the room they’re in.

For us, one of those was a full length mirror I brought with me from uni.

It was intended for our spare room, which is full of warm copper tones and metal - and the wooden frame just didn’t cut it!

I’d been trying for ages to think of a modern way of upcycling it to fit in, when the gardener in me finally had a flash of inspiration…slug tape.

You know, that copper thin tape that you’re supposed to put around the top of pots in an effort to stop the slimy monsters getting in?

The stuff that has never worked for me and meant I had TWO WHOLE ROLLS in the cupboard? Win!

you will need:

  • Your mirror (or whatever else you’d like to cover in copper)

  • Wide copper tape - I used the slug tape I already had, which is 3 cm wide. You can get this from bargain stores, garden centres, or this super strong option from Amazon!

  • A craft knife

  • A ruler

  • A large cardboard sheet

  • Tweezers can be handy!

  • A cloth to smooth the tape down

Start by finding a bright space to work that’s big enough for you to move around your mirror comfortably. I used the floor in our master bedroom! I laid the large cardboard sheet down on the floor, so as to not accidentally make any knife marks in the wood (that would definitely have put me in the dog house with the hubs). I’d recommend rubbing down your piece with a damp cloth to remove any dust, but make sure it’s dry before you start.

My copper tape wasn’t wide enough to wrap it straight around the front and side of the wooden frame, so I had to cover them both separately.

Starting with the front, I laid the tape over the wood, making sure to tuck it over onto the small face next to the mirror glass. This is where the tweezers can come in handy! I then smoothed it across the wood, and carefully cut along the edge of the frame, leaving a little overlap to avoid bare patches. Using the ruler to help, I cut angles in the tape at the corners to get the best fit.

I wanted the finished look to be industrial and imperfect, so I didn’t try too hard to get rid of the wrinkles in the foil tape as I laid it on.

I did this for all of the front - the benefit of using tape is that you don’t need to make any joins on the long edges, you can just cut a single piece to fit!

The side pieces were easier. I just lined up the tape with the front edge, cut at the corners and smoothed it down. I didn’t bother to cut off the excess, just folded it over the back edge.

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Here’s the finished piece! I think it fits perfectly and really adds something to the room - what about you? (There’ll be more about THAT wardrobe at a later date!)