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How to Make a DIY Nautical Mirror with Rope

How to Make a DIY Nautical Mirror with Rope is an easy project that includes 3 thrift store finds. There are several options and you can make your mirror with a variety of supplies and mirror sizes.

First, I wanted a nautical round mirror for the accent wall in our Beach Cottage.

After seeing the prices of ones I liked, I decided to look through my thrift store stash.

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Thrifted Finds To Make A DIY Nautical Mirror

I have a wooden cheese box that I found last year for only $1.00. I had never used the lid and it was a great size that I knew could be used for the base of the mirror.

Thrifted cheese box lid for nautical mirror base

In addition, I purchased several yards of jute rope for only $5.00 at Goodwill last summer.

Now, all I needed was the mirror.

I had found the jute rope at the Goodwill in Wilmington so I decided to check it out.

Much to my surprise, I found a captains wheel mirror with a touch of jute rope on the frame. It was only $6.00 so I was sold.

All I needed was some black paint, hot glue gun, clear adhesive sealant, and some light weight jute rope to make the Nautical Mirror.

thrift store mirror to make a nautical mirror.

Update The Nautical Mirror

First, although it’s actually nautical, I’m not a fan of the captains wheel or the blue color. Therefore, I began by removing the spokes of the wheel. I just used a hammer to knock the spokes loose.

You could use any round mirror with or without a frame to make your nautical mirror.

The mirror was removed and one spoke remained attached to make painting the frame easier.

Also, I tried to keep the paint off the jute rope insert as much as possible.

Paint thrift store mirror.

Once the entire mirror was painted black and dried, I used the hammer to knock the final spoke from the frame.

Repurposed thrift store mirror to make nautical mirror

Make Nautical Mirror With Rope

To make the nautical mirror, begin by attaching the mirror to the inside of the cheese box lid at the exact center.

I used Gorilla Glue Clear Adhesive Sealant to secure the mirror and allowed it to dry overnight for added safety.

A round tray, platter or even a pizza pan are other options for a base.

Thrift store mirror attached to cheese box lid

Add Rope

You will want several feet of jute rope to surround the mirror and cover the inside of the cheese box lid.

In addition, you need enough rope to wrap around the diameter of the lid twice, plus approx. another 10 inches for hanging and securing the rope.

I was fortunate to find this rope second hand, however you can find this size rope here as well.

Jute Rope for mirror with rope

To attach the rope, I used my Ryobi Cordless Hot Glue Gun, attaching the rope around the outside edge of the mirror, inside the cheese box.

Ryobi CordlessHot Glue Gun

Begin applying a bead of glue, next to the mirror, approx. 1/4 inch from the mirror frame.

Use Hot glue to attach rope around the mirror to make a DIY Nautical Mirror with Rope

Continue to apply glue and press the jute rope into the glue as you continue around the mirror.

Wrap jute rope around the mirror

Prepare to Hang Nautical Mirror

Once the entire lid is covered with the jute rope, you will want to measure the diameter of the cheese box lid outside dimensions. I just used the rope to measure with.

Then, double the diameter of the lid because you want to wrap the rope twice around the outside.

In addition, you should add approx. 10 inches of rope to make the loop hanger and to tie the rope to secure.

Make a Loop Hanger

Fold your rope in half and make a loop approx. 2 – 2 1/2 inches from top to bottom. This can vary depending on how big you want your loop to be.

DIY Nautical Mirror with Rope Step by Step instrucations.

Take your small jute twine and tie around the bottom of the loop to secure.

Wrap the jute twine several times around to secure.

Secure Hanger To The Lid

In order to secure the hanger to the lid, begin at the top of your nautical mirror and position the loop as you see below. Secure with hot glue.

Make a loop with rope to hang the nautical mirror

Continue to secure the rope around the outside edge of the lid until the rope has been wrapped twice around.

Next tie the excess rope on the backside of your loop and secure to the back of the cheese box lid with hot glue. Don’t allow the tied excess rope to be visible from the front of the nautical mirror.

Using hot glue to attach rope hanger to the DIY Nautical Mirror

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DIY Nautical Mirror With Rope

The mirror looks perfect hanging from a shaker peg on the new accent wall in the Beach Cottage and completes another project for our renovations.

DIY Nautical Mirror with Rope easy tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed How to Make a DIY Nautical Mirror with Rope.

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Thanks for stopping by today and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.


Sheila Carter

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Any ideas on what I could use?


Monday 9th of May 2022

Shelia, Thanks for stopping by. It would depend on what you want it to look like.

Sheila Carter

Sunday 8th of May 2022

It’s the handles that make it the Captains Wheel. That is what I loved! I still need to figure that out to make mine.


Monday 9th of May 2022

Awww it just depends on how you want yours to look.

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Tuesday 15th of March 2022

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Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Karin, Thanks for your sweet share. I'm loving that mirror.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

I need to make one of these for my beach cottage. Love this Rachel.


Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Thanks so much Kim!

Karins Kottage

Friday 11th of March 2022

I love this tutorial! So creative and I can't wait to make some! Please come and link up to my linky party and share this post.



Saturday 12th of March 2022

Karin, I really appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by.