He started by cutting two 8-foot lengths of PVC pipe into 1″ thick slices. You could probably do this by hand with PVC snippers or a hand saw, but since we wanted the edges to be as smooth as possible he used his chop saw (which also ensured that the pieces were an even thickness). Trust me when I say that you’re going to want to do this part outside…it looked like a gigantic pile of static-charged snow outside of our garage when he was finished! The pipe and saw also get hot during the process, so you’ll need to take several short breaks to let the equipment cool off.
Now for the fun part – arranging and choosing your layout! This is the part that made our project take way longer than necessary. Like months longer. We are the most indecisive people ever, remember? Apparently we’re awesome at making projects take weeks longer than necessary!
We must have gone through about a dozen different layouts before I finally said, “Glue the thing together already! Just do what the inspiration looked like!” Only it wasn’t that simple, because our mirror was much larger than the inspiration, and we wanted our finished piece to be large enough to make a statement over our mantle. So, I threw my hands up and turned the project completely over to my husband, and this is what he came up with! It may look a little skewed because I was trying to take photos of it without the ceiling fan or HVAC registers showing up in the reflection, but it’s perfectly laid out in real life.