How to decorate a mirror

How to decorate a mirror

Framed reflections

Make a plain mirror a new focus of attention by adding a highly textured frame. You can achieve this yourself by using surprisingly inexpensive materials.

Plain mirrors are a quick, economical way to add interest to a wall and to create an illusion of more space, but they are also fairly neutral, anonymous objects. You can easily change this by giving a mirror a unique and noteworthy makeover by creating a customized textured frame for it.

A mirror makeover is especially effective for large mirrors placed in prime positions, such as above a mantelpiece or fireplace. The main ingredient to creating a unique mirror frame is in picking suitable objects to stick on it. You may choose to decorate only the top portion of the mirror, continue the decorations partway down the sides or completely cover the frame.


Step 1

Recycled timber frame

Using recycled timber such as discarded fence palings makes an ideal frame for a rustic setting and combines well with earthy tones. When you find the right weather-worn timber all you need to do is give it a good scrub and sand. Cut it to size and give it a lick of varnish or paint in a color to suit where it will be hung and use a good adhesive to glue it on to the mirror.

Step 2

Mother-of-pearl buttons

Using an assortment of various sizes and shapes of mother-of-pearl buttons, gives a simple white framed mirror a delicate, feminine appearance. Jars of old buttons can be bought cheaply from second-hand and pre-loved clothing stores. You will be surprised at the treasures you will find. Decorating only two corners helps to draw the eye to the detail of the shimmering buttons and softens the rigid edges of the frame.

Step 3


Add a marine theme to your bathroom by encrusting a mirror frame with sea-shells. The subtle variations in color will lift the otherwisebland colors of the plain walls. The frame can feature symmetrical clusters of different shaped shells and large shells in each corner. Add a couple of faux star fish and the mirror is complete.

Step 4

Flowers and foliage

Fabric roses and real-looking artificial foliage combine to create a pretty, feminine garland for a table-top mirror. A color from the blooms can match and coordinate with the colors used in the bedroom linen for a designer touch.

Step 5

Child’s play

For a child’s mirror us brighly colored objects that they can identify with. Such items may include tiny toys, colored pencils that are too small to use any more, broken crayons or colourful jig-saw pieces that are now incomplete.

Step 6

Kitchen or festive season mirror

To decorate a kitchen mirror add dried pasta, pulses, varnished dough sculptures or dried herbs, flowers, spices, nuts and fungi. To make it extra special for the festive season add holly leaves and artificial red berries. In autumn try using different shaped leaves in the various autumn tones; red, orange, brown, gold, green and amber.

Step 7

Masculine mirror

For the male domain,decorate a mirror with nuts, bolts and screws, maybe bottle-tops or overlapping old, unusable cds or computer disks.

Things Needed
• Recycled timber
• Tape measure
• Hand saw
• Mother-of-pearl buttons
• Assortment of shells
• Fabric flowers and foliage
• Assortment of miscellaneous objects (colored pencils, crayons, jig-saw pieces, dried pasta, pulses, dried herbs, spices, sequins, nuts and bolts, screws etc.)
• Paint/varnish
• Paint brushes
• Adhesive

Tips & Warnings
• Safety comes first. Don’t leave tools, equipment and materials left unattended for children to swallow, stick in their ears or up their noses or to cut themselves.
• Before gluing items on, experiment with placement first.
• Smaller, personally decorated mirrors make great gifts.
• Use your imagination.


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