How in the world is it September 15th already?! Didn’t this month just start? Regardless, it’s the 15th again which can only mean one thing: The Home Depot Gift Challenge! We took last month off due to crazy busy summer shenanigans, but we are back this month with a new item and recipient (AND, a little giveaway for you down at the bottom of this post; don’t forget to enter!).
If you’re new to this series or to Dwelling in Happiness, once a month some fabulous bloggers and myself get together and make a gift using one chosen item from Home Depot (you can see our last several months items: copper tee, wooden dowel, pegboard, a 2×4, and concrete). A gift recipient is also chosen, and then we let our creativity spill as we get working coming up with a clever gift. This month, the chosen item were hose clamps, and the gift recipient was ourselves. Possibilities were endless!
I didn’t have as much trouble with this month as I have in past. I have a little wall between our kitchen and living room that needed something, so mirrors instantly came to mind. I love seeing those round mirrors made from trays and other things, so I knew some industrial looking mirrors was just what I wanted for this wall.
To make these DIY industrial hose clamp mirrors, you’ll need:
- One 7″ Everbilt Hose clamp
- Two 4″ Everbilt Hose Clamps
- One 6″ round mirror
- Two 3″ round mirrors
- Old Chain/necklace
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Pliers/wire cutters
This little craft was incredibly easy to do, just took a little time and patience. To start, I made sure my hose clamps were open as far as they could go, using a screwdriver to open them as necessary. Then, I placed a corresponding-sized mirror inside of the hose clamp. I found these mirrors at Joann’s, which were really inexpensive.
I wanted my mirrors to sit as far back as possible so you can see a little ‘lip” from the hose clamp. This part was a little tricky, but I just held my mirror where I wanted it with one hand, and slowly tightened the clamp using my screwdriver in the other. As it got almost tight around the mirror to hold it in place, I made sure the mirror was even and flush with the back edge of the clamps. I kept tightening until the mirror was staying put without moving. Be careful not to tighten it too much or you’ll chip/break the mirror!
I did the same with the other two clamps and mirrors. To hang, I wanted to keep the industrial feel so I used an old chain from a necklace I had but didn’t wear anymore. It was a little tarnished, but I like the contrast it had against the sterling silver clamps. Using my small pliers, I pulled apart one of the small round metal links in the necklace shown below.
I took one round link and put it around the very outer edge of the clamp’s “tightened” end. This little “tail” is the excess metal as I tightened my clamp around the mirror. After my link was placed in the slit of the clamp, I carefully put the end of my chain on and used pliers to close it up tight so the chain wouldn’t come off.
For the other side, I wanted to make sure they were evenly spaced when hung. To do this, I counted the little slits on the “tail” side that started from the top, and counted down the same number of slits down the other side so the tightener piece would be in the very middle when hung.
Once I found where my link needed to go, I slipped it up through the inside of the clamp so the opening was facing up (shown in the picture below). Then I put on the other side of my chain, and closed up the ends tight with my pliers. This side was a little trickier to work with, as the other link was attached to the very “tail” end, making it easier to work with. It might take a little finagling with your pliers, but once on, make sure the link is closed tight so the chain can’t fall off.
If you want to see some more incredible hose-clamp gift ideas, head on over to my bloggy friend’s pages by clicking the photos below!
AND, we have something else fun for you, too. We are giving away a $75 Home Depot gift card to one lucky winner!! Just fill out the rafflecopter below to enter!
Have a great week, friends!
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