Costs< 50 £
Mirror, mirror, on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all? After this DIY project, the answer will be you! Here we show you how to create this stylish framed mirror for your home, in just six steps.
What you need
- screw clamps
- Old mirror around 40 cm in diameter
- MDF panel (18-21 mm thick), cut to size in the DIY shop if necessary
- 2 veneer strips (1,000 x 10 x 1 mm)
- Cotton webbing, black: approx. 30 mm wide (length depends on the size of the mirror)
- Cord, black: approx. 6-8 mm in diameter (length depends on the length of the mirror)
- 2 screw eyes, matching the cord, 6-8 mm
- 1 screw and matching wall plug (for mounting)
- Mirror mounting tape
- Wood glue
Let's start - step by step
Measure your mirror and stick it to the wooden panel
What you need: laser measure, pencil, scissors, mirror tape, mirror
Your new mirror will take no time at all to make: but first, you have to measure the mirror itself. Use the Zamo and tape adapter to help you: position the device on the left-hand side and pull the tape across the widest part of the mirror. Now read the measurement. In our example, the diameter is 40 cm.
Get the MDF panel cut so it’s the same size as the mirror; add one millimetre to the diameter so that the webbing fits well.
On the back of the panel, mark where you will drill the holes for hanging it. To ensure the holes are central, divide the wooden circle up into four – just like the slices of a cake (see next image). Or simply calculate the halfway point of the circle.
Then tape the mirror to the MDF panel using the mirror tape. To do this, you need to create a type of grid with the tape. This is the best way to secure the mirror. When purchasing the mirror tape, be sure to check how much load it can bear – and of course, don’t forget to follow the instructions.
A mirror consists of a polished sheet of glass with a silver coating. If this coating is damaged and reacts with the air, black scratches or marks can appear. Using special mirror tape will help the mirror to stay as good as new for longer. “Normal” tape can actually cause the coating to dissolve more quickly in these spots.
Measure the circumference of your mirror
Next you need to measure the circumference of your mirror and wooden panel. You can use the Zamo with tape adapter for this, too. Wrap the tape around the mirror once until the red lines – the reference edges – are touching. Make sure that the tape is laid evenly against the edge of the mirror. Based on this measurement, you’ll know how much veneer and webbing you need to purchase. If you're using two strips of veneer, add a little more to the number so that the strips overlap.
Attach the veneer to the mirror
What you need: screw clamps, wood glue, veneer strips
Wrap the first veneer strip around your mirror. Then staple it down at regular points to secure it. Our tip: let the stapler rest on the wood for a few seconds after stapling – that way the staple will hold more securely. Lie the second strip over the first so that it blends in. Glue together the overlapping ends with wood glue and fix them in place with two screw clamps. Then staple the second strip to the wooden panel. Allow everything to dry thoroughly.
Veneer is a very thin sheet of wood “peeled” from the trunk of a tree. This means it retains the particular colour and grain of the wood, making it very attractive. Veneer is often glued to less valuable wood – as core panels – to make it look more appealing. It is also frequently used in model building. So if you can’t find it at your local DIY shop, you can always visit a craft shop or a business that specialises in model building.
Drill the holes for the screw eyes and measure, cut and attach the webbing
You’ve almost finished your DIY mirror! Now drill holes in the places you marked for the screw eyes. Use a cordless screwdriver (such as the IXO) with a drilling adapter, or a cordless drill/driver – whichever is available to you. Position the holes in the middle of where the veneer strips overlap, around 1 cm from the bottom of the panel.
Now cut the webbing so that it’s as long as the circumference of the mirror – if you haven’t yet cut it down to size. Mark the correct length and cut it with some scissors. Spread some wood glue over the webbing and stick it gently to the bottom edge of the veneer. This will cover up the staples and the holes you’ve drilled.
Insert the screw eyes and tie a knot in the cord
What you need: screw eyes, cord
Screw in the screw eyes through the webbing and attach the cord to them. Your DIY mirror is now complete!
Hang up your mirror
What you need: cordless screwdriver, drilling adapter for the cordless screwdriver , a screw and matching wall plug (for mounting on the wall)
Now drill a hole in the wall where you want to hang your DIY mirror. Insert a wall plug, followed by the screw. Tighten the screw but leave part of it sticking out so that you can hang your stylish new mirror from it. Of course, you can also use a hook to hang up your DIY masterpiece, instead of a screw.
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