Beautiful DIY Mirrors!
There are tons of decorative mirrors out there to choose from but sometimes you just can’t find the right one or the right size! So why not get creative and make one or upcycle one from the thrift store?
Check out the how-tos and DIY inspiration below. These beautiful wall and accent mirrors are easy DIYs that will add a unique charm to your home!
1. Ribbon-Wrapped Accent Mirror
This Ribbon Wrapped Accent Mirror was the easiest of all of the DIY mirrors to make and I love the pattern. I purchased a Dollar Tree mirror, removed the frame, and wrapped a colorful ribbon around it.
- 7 to 8-inch mirror with a removable frame (I found this plastic-framed mirror at Dollar Tree).
- Hot glue
Pop the back off of a framed mirror and removed the mirror and wrap the ribbon around the frame. Secure the ends with hot glue at the back of the frame then glue the mirror to the back in place.
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2. Turn a Picture Frame into a Mirror
If you have a picture frame with a glass insert, you can turn it into a mirror with Mirror Effects spray paint!
To update this thrift store picture frame I decided to turn it into a mirror and add a fresh coat of paint to the frame. I probably don’t have to say this, but the frame was very ugly. I bought it because I liked that it was square and the raised pattern was something I could work with.
I gave the glass about seven light coats of mirror effect spray paint before running out of spray paint! Overall I like the vintage-worn mirror look but I may pick up another can of mirror effects spray paint to build up the mirror depth. Below are the details if you’d like to turn an old frame into a mirror…
- An old picture frame with a glass insert (not plexiglass)
- Rust-Oleum Specialty Mirror Spray Paint
- Rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth
- A spray bottle with water (optional)
Remove the glass from your frame and clean it well with rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner. Spray paint the glass with mirror spray paint. You will need a few coats to get the look you want. For an aged look to your mirror, spritz water onto the frame before painting and dab some of the wet paint off with a lint-free cloth. Paint will not stick to the areas with water drops.
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3. Hairpin Accent Mirror
This beautiful mirror looks very ornate and intricate but it’s really easy to make. I used hairpins (bobby pins) and slid them over a gold-painted cardboard circle. Check out how to make one below.
- About 165 gold hairpins (Here’s a link to the 120 packs I bought on Amazon. I like these because they were bright gold. You can also get packs of 90 from Dollar Tree!)
- 4-1/2 inch round mirror (mine is from Dollar Tree and it was a candleholder)
- Gold spray paint
- Gold sequin ribbon (optional)
- Lightweight cardboard (I used a cereal box)
- Something to make a circle (I used a bowl and a glass – more on that below)
- Pencil or marker
- Hot glue
Cut a circle out of cardboard. I used a bowl to make a 6 1/2-inch circle and a glass to make a 3 1/4-inch center circle.
Next, spray paint the cardboard ring gold. Slide the hairpins onto the ring from the center, pushing them together and fanning them out as you go. Hot glue the mirror to the center and decorate it with sequin ribbon.
4. Ribbon Hanging Mirror
I love this sweet, simple little hanging mirror. Use any ribbon you like, just make sure it is about the width of the mirror frame. This mirror takes minutes to make and adds a soft touch to a bedroom or nursery.
- Mirror with a wide edge (mine was already gold from Dollar Tree and it was 6 3/4″ in diameter and 3/4″ high)
- Hot glue
Hot glue ribbon to the outer edge of the mirror with a wide, flat frame. Don’t go all the way around, stop gluing where the mirror naturally hangs. To finish, secure both ribbons by crossing them and hot gluing a small bow to the top.
5. Round Wall Mirror Refresh
I’ve had this round mirror for years. The edges are a little chipped and worn so I thought I’d give it a makeover!
My stenciling is far from perfect but I do like the frosted glass look. I think I’ll try this spray paint again but maybe with a self-adhering stencil to lessen the paint bleed. Overall I’m happy with the update!
- A mirror
- Frosted Glass spray paint
- kraft paper
- 1-inch wooden half-round beads
- Paint or stain for half-round beads (optional)
- E6000 clear glue
- A stencil (mine is from Walmart)
Clean your mirror with alcohol or glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth. Place your stencil on the mirror and cover up the areas you don’t want paint on with craft paper.
Shake your frosted glass spray paint well and do two to three passes over the stenciled area. The paint turns frosted as it dries. Let dry and remove the stencil. Remove any over-spray with a glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth. Paint the half-round beads (optional) and use E6000 to glue them around the edge of the mirror.
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