DIY: Belted concrete mirrors
Do-It-Yourself: Concrete Mirror Belt edition!

DIY: Belted concrete mirrors

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?

Materials

  • 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.

How To

  1. Cover the front of your mirror with clear packing tape. This will prevent concrete from sticking to the mirror.
     
  2. Center your mirror, face down, on the bottom of the cake pan.
     
  3. Prepare your concrete per the package instructions.
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. Once your concrete is cured, flip the pan upside down, and the whole thing will just slide right out.
     
  7. Mix up your concrete epoxy and apply a layer around the edges of the concrete where you want your belt to touch.
     
  8. Press the belt to the epoxy and hold it in place for a minute.
     
  9. Once the belt is secured to the concrete, set it aside for a few hours to give it time to dry.
     
  10. Hang up your new masterpiece!

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