Picture of How to make a designer mirror frame using rope

Dear makers,

Today in this instructable I will show you how to make a designer mirror frame using rope. Yes, no wood, no plastic, no metal, no glue etc. Just good old...rope :).

I had this idea since long, but I was busy making jewelries :).

As awesome (and may be complicated) as it looks, it is easier than you think :)... (The keyword is always ...easy :))

I had also previously made a mirror frame using pebbles, you might want to check it out:)

The inspiration behind the mirror is my paracord projects. I am still very knotty ;). If you have worked with paracord and not with rope , like I did. You will notice that rope work will required some muscle work ..ha ha. Don't worry, you don't have to play tug of war here.

Oh and this is totally a origianal idea of mine, so if you are reading this, you are among the special ones :D

PS: I am very happy to post this 50th instructable of mine. I like to thank everyone here for continuous supply of motivation and inspiration :)

Lets see how to make a designer mirror frame using rope.

Step 1: Things you will need to make designer mirror frame using rope

Picture of Things you will need to make designer mirror frame using rope

To make this mirror or exactly like this mirror, you will need

  1. A round mirror. Diameter of your choice. Mine is 11"
  2. A rope around 1/2" thick. I used natural fiber (I guess silk) rope, but you can use any rope so long as it is neatly braided.

To work on this mirror size using 1/2" thick rope, I used around 24 feet of rope. The best part of this design is you don't have to cut your rope initially to fit the measurements, you can just keep on tying and when you are done, you can choose to cut the rope to desired length.

The knot pattern that we will use is round brocade knot. the beauty of this knot is that it forms a nice hollow space inside, which allows any object like this mirror to fit in the gap securely.

Ready to get knotty?...lets start.

njreyn5 months ago

Nicely done, and such a famous and simple knot! Would that I had thought of it. Any idea how much rope you used?

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  njreyn5 months ago

Thank you so much :). For an 11" diameter mirror, I used 1/2" thick rope of about 24 feet. Step 1 above has the details :)

shazni1 year ago

very nice :-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thank you Shazni :)
jdunham21 year ago

Hello what an awesome way to frame a mirror and something unique that's not around and mass sold. I was wondering if this would work for square mirrors as well ?

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  jdunham21 year ago
Thank you so much for your kind words, although this knot naturally forms a round shape but it can be used on square mirrors when stretched & adjusted properly to fit :)
Bhawya1 year ago

Wow, It looks Stylish.. Detailed ibles.. Nice :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Bhawya1 year ago

Thank you so much Bhawya :)

Happy 50th Instructable!! :D This is great, I love the knots pattern! Oh and as soon as I saw the photo on the homepage I thought the mirror was much smaller...I guess I had your paracord medallions still in mind...I'm starting to realize how big it actually is now! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose921 year ago

Thank you so much Linda :). You are right about the mirror medallion, actually this project was suppose to go live before that one but I was so moved by those little mirrors that I posted them with paracord and it proved to be a great practice too.

I have always loved how you remember my old projects...it's just feels so good :)

How can I forget them? Other than being great, they have a unique style! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose921 year ago

That's so nice of you Linda :)

Awesome as always! I was also wondering the same thing as Emily, how did you take the main pictures! Very clever ^_^

Thank you so much Muhaiminah :), the picture just happened first and I realized later :D

sunshiine1 year ago

Tarun this is lovely! Oh yeah congrats on your big 50! I always look forward to viewing your new tutorials. Good luck!


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

Thank you so much sunshiine :), you have been a big inspiration. I wish someday I will reach equal to yours, but then your count will be just multiplied before I reach there :D

786Ayesha1 year ago

Woah! Lovely,Count my orders....I am moving soon to Asia..

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago

Thank you so much Ayesha... I will be waiting :D

Love love love it! I am wondering though, how did you take that main image?

Thank you so much Emily :). About the main Image:

The mirror was hanging parallel to my eyesight which made it impossible to take a picture without my reflection in it. So I bended my knees slightly and tilted to left (while moving the camera away till it disappears in the mirror) to take the picture thus resulting the reflection of wall in front in the mirror :)

Hope this is helpful.

bricobart1 year ago

Congratulations with number 50 my friend, from now on it only goes downhill! ;)

Very nice build, clever design, deadly accurate knotting, sometimes less is just more. Favorited, again!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  bricobart1 year ago

Ha ha ... Thank you so much dear Friend.

"deadly accurate knotting" wow...I love this :)

hunter9991 year ago

This is so cool and neat! A very, very nice mirror, ingenious and unique bro. Also congratulations on 50 Instructables!! Well done on hitting that milestone :D I hope to see more of your 'Ibles! :-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  hunter9991 year ago

Thank you so much dear Bro :). Stay tuned :)