High Fashion Mirror Frame DIY

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Mirror Frame DIY

mirror frame DIY

Until a few days ago, I did not have a mirror in my bedroom. I’m not kidding you. After living here for six months I decided it’s about time we get one. There were some beautiful options in the $25 range at my local discount store, but  I decided to go for the drab and plain and embellish. And so it came to be – my beautiful high fashion mirror frame DIY.

mirror frame DIY

Who doesn’t have a stack of magazines in the house waiting to be recycled… or upcycled? I skimmed through the May Elle, selecting points of interest – text, photos of lipstick or lips, a drawn out eye, some butterflies, and of course the letter “E” from Elle. I chose random French words that fit in, such as “J’adore” (the perfume, of course) and “Belle” and added in some high heels.

For the pearls, I used some cheap pearl trim (plastic.) If you have an old strand of faux pearls that is waiting to be chucked or fixed, this is the perfect solution! You can even use your little girl’s dress up necklaces (if she lets…)

Supplies you’ll need for the mirror frame DIY:

Mirror Frame DIY

How to create the mirror frame DIY:

1. Prep your mirror by applying painter’s tape to the inside perimeter. If you want to, as extra protection, tape a piece of notepaper on with the painter’s tape, to protect the mirror surface from drips.

Mirror Frame DIY

2. Cut out areas of interest from the magazine. Advertisements are great and have lots of interesting textures and backdrops. (look at the second paragraph in the intro for more ideas on what to cut out.) Cut into strips and tear into smaller pieces. Let some of the edges remain torn and rugged for an artsy effect.

Mirror Frame DIY
3. Apply Mod Podge generously to small areas of the frame using the brush, and layer magazine scraps on top. Pay attention to overlap, variety of direction, contrast. Smooth out with the foam brush and more Mod Podge making sure there are no creases. Continue until mirror frame is covered. Don’t worry about bits that hang over the edges.

Mirror Frame DIY
4. Step back. Are there any areas that don’t look right? Cover up with another magazine bit! Does some part need more variety? Clip a bit of text and cover that with another bit of magazine.

5. Once you’re satisfied, paint generously with a layer of mod podge. Allow to dry completely and paint another coat.

mirror frame diy
6. Once it’s completely dry, use a scissor to trim bits that hang over the outer edge. Use a craft knife to slice in toward the inside of the frame to release the painter’s tape and to trim bits that overlap onto it.

Mirror Frame DIY
7. This step is optional, but helps hide the rugged edge inside the frame. Apply a thin line of E6000 glue on the inside of the frame. Allow to cure 10 minutes and place the pearl strand on top. (You don’t have to wait those ten minutes, but this does help it stick better.)

mirror frame diy
8. Hang up and enjoy! Don’t worry, you look beautiful!

Mirror Frame DIY


Suggested Variations for the Mirror Frame DIY

  • Does your child love Dora or Sponge Bob? Use cartoon and character images from childrens’ magazines or books that are falling apart to make this for a child’s room.
  • Use newsprint instead of full color magazine pages. Cut out a single rose image and stick that in the corner, on top of the base layer instead.
  • Print some family photos on regular paper either in black and white or full color to make a family frame! Try this with ancestor photos as well.

What ideas of variations do you have for this frame?

Did you try it? Post your photos on my facebook page!

Do you love to upcycle the things you have lying around? Check out more upcycling projects here, and other craft ideas here.

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  1. Ooo – I am Pinning this…I love this concept and there are so many different possibilities. I would have to add a little sparkle or bling to mine. I love how the eyelashed eyeball is situated on the mirror frame.

  2. Such a great idea to personalize a mirror! I know my girls would love to do this with Dora like you suggested above! I love the one you did! I could have seen myself loving it in my college years!

  3. We are moving in a few days and I think my teen daughter would love to make this for her new room. She can customize it however she wants.

  4. Ooh what a great idea! I think this would be so fab for kids/teen rooms. I used to decoupage folders/books/boxes as a kid but never thought to branch out to furniture! Great idea, so simple and completely personal.

  5. This is gorgeous! Seriously love this idea- I’ve always had super boring mirrors from Target and IKEA, and tonnns of magazines lying around! What a great idea — can’t wait to do something similar 🙂

  6. WOW! Your mirror came out Gorgeous! I wish I had the patience that I used to have! I used to do crafting all the time! Now I only do it if the mood strikes which hasn’t been too much lately! I Absolutely love this idea! It came out terrific! Thanks so much for sharing your mirror and how you accomplished such a beautiful work of art! I truly appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

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