Today I’m sharing a DIY tufted mirror. I love the texture of tufting and wanted to try something different, departing from the textile pillow and throw-based tradition. Tufted texture in neutral hues is a great way to add visual appeal without compromising your colour scheme. That being said, definitely don’t be afraid to use colourful cotton cord for this DIY, coloured tufting can be amazing!
Step 1: Tufting the base
To start, recycle some strong cardboard to make the base. Use a utility knife to cut a ring sized for your mirror. My mirror was 8″ so I found a plate the same size to trace the inner ring and a larger dinner plate for the outer ring. My ring base ended up about 2″ wide.
To begin tufting, you need to cut some small length of cotton cord. I wrapped the yarn around my hand to make sure the bits of cotton had roughly the same length. Don’t worry if there is a small size difference, it’s actually nice to have some variety in the tufting!
Once you have a little stash of yarn bits, draw a line with your glue gun across the cardboard base. Press some yarn into the glue, distributing them evenly along the line of glue.
When you’re done, draw another line below the previous, about half an inch to 1 inch away, and add more yarn bits.
Continue working your way down, adding more lines of yarn. It works up really quickly if you make enough yarn. I had to stop 3 or 4 times to cut more yarn bits and it took me about 30 minutes to go around the crown. Rather meditative work in fact!
When you get to the end, just lift the first row to make space to glue under it and make the tufting seamless.
Step 2: Hide the rims
When you have tufted around the full ring, you have to add some yarn to the inner rim to hide the cardboard base. Use the same principle: glue a few yarn bits, then go down half an inch and glue more, working your way down.
Next, tuft the outer rim to hide the base. Don’t worry if it looks messy or you can’t hide all the base from view. This will be solved in the next step!
Step 3: Finishing the tufted mirror
After you finish tufting the full base, you can brush the yarn. I find it easier to loosen the cotton fiber with my fingers first, before I comb through. It’s OK if some yarn bits detach, as long as you don’t have a gaping hole!!
Now, you can turn the base around and apply a ring of glue around the inner rim. Press your plain mirror into it to attach it to the base. I always prefer adding fat drops of glue around the side to be sure the mirror is 100% secured.
Add a picture hook, or fashion one like me by making a loop with some metal wire. And voila! Hang your mirror or lean it against the wall on a credenza. The texture is super interesting and looks great against a similarly colored wall.BedroomLiving RoomYarn