Turn the pebble treasures found at the beach this summer into a decorative mirror,
with the help of a little mortar and a spare board.
This simple design brings a whiff of fresh sea air into any room,
and beautifully sets off the stone colors in subtle shades of gray, pink, and ochre.
a 1 x 1 ft
(30x30cm) piece of wood,
¾ to 1 in
(2 to 3 cm) thick. Lightly sand the edges.
Trace two diagonal lines from corner to corner, and use them to center and glue*
a 6 1/3 x 6 1/3 in (16 x 16 cm) mirror onto the square board.
Place the pebbles around the mirror, spacing them evenly; glue and let dry.
Then, tape some newspaper over the mirror to keep it clean. Prepare a lime mortar using 1 part lime and 2 parts sand.
Mix with 1 part water. The result should be a smooth, thickish paste of even consistency.
Apply the mortar around the mirror like a frame, covering the sides of the pebbles.
Clean off any excess with a damp sponge.
When the mortar is dry, scratch the mortar around the pebbles so they stand out nicely.
Apply an environmentally friendly finish such as linseed oil to protect the mortar and pebbles.
Then, remove the newspaper and fasten a picture hook to the back of the mirror.
You can add a little gray pigment into the mortar recipe to give the mirror a contemporary look. You can also paint the frame.
* It is recommended to choose an environmentally friendly adhesive.