Make It Yourself Mirror Frame

By: Marc Spagnuolo from
Make It Yourself Mirror Frame
Make It Yourself Mirror Frame
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Is it tough to find a mirror to match your decor? Get the mirror you've always wanted with this Make It Yourself Mirror Frame tutorial. You'll learn the step-by-step process of how to make a mirror frame and even how to hang it when you're done! The options are endless when it comes to size, shape, and the stain of the wood - you can even paint it to match your color scheme. If you're struggling to find a mirror frame to fit a space in your home, it's never been easier to make your own.

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueWood Crafts




A mirror, by definition is a reflecting surface that forms an image of an object when light rays coming from that object fall upon the surface. The most familiar type of mirror is the plane mirror, which has a flat screen surface. Curved mirrors are also used, to produce magnified or diminished images or focus light or simply distort the reflected image. The history of mirrors dates back to ancient times when humans first saw reflections in a pond or river and considered it magic. The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, which is a naturally occurring volcanic glass. Obsidian mirrors found in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) have been dated to around 6000 BC. Throughout the following centuries there is evidence of polished copper mirrors in Mesopotamia, polished stone mirrors in Central and South America, and bronze mirrors in China.

Moving closer to the modern era, the invention of the silvered-glass mirror is credited to German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1835. His process involved the deposition of a thin layer of metallic silver onto glass through the chemical reduction of silver nitrate. This process was adapted for mass manufacturing, which made mirrors more readily available and led to greater availability of affordable mirrors. Today, mirrors are often produced by the wet deposition of silver directly onto the glass substrate. Though the techniques to make them have changed, mirrors are incredibly popular. Nowadays, you can still customize mirrors as part of your home decor by making a DIY mirror frame. Mirror frames can make each mirror in your home feel personal to you.

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Mirrors can sure make a small space appear much larger! I really liked the suggestion you made about using tape on the wall to play with the size and shape you want. I think I can adapt that suggestion to other areas like hanging a photo gallery! Have you ever thought about designing a series for women who are just beginning to do woodworking?

I like to make my own mirrors because you have control over the materials you use on the frame and the style,color and design. This is a great video but you do need to be a little advanced on your woodworking skills. New mirrors are a quick way to make the bathroom look like you redid it. You can add seashells or other embellishments to the frame to to give it that extra pop. Nice well done video on how to make the mirror frame to customize your own.

Mirrors are an easy way to add elegance to a room, especially when you know how to make a mirror frame to complement the mirror perfectly!


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