Looking for a fun (and easy) project to spruce up your home? In only a few hours, you can repurpose a wooden box into a unique and stylish vanity mirror. It’s an inexpensive way to add charm to any room of your home, and it’s simple enough for a craftsman of any skill level (no power tools required!).
- Lightweight mirror glass or acrylic mirror (exact same size or larger than wooden box)
- Drill or screwdriver
- Hot glue gun
- Rope or twine (decorative)
- Salvaged wooden box (check out secondhand stores or Craigslist)
- Strong, all-purpose adhesive (suitable for glass)
- Picture hanging kit (20+ lbs. strength)
Step 1: Size the mirror
Take your wooden box to a local glass shop so they can cut the mirror to the exact size of the box. Be sure that they mark which size is up (as some boxes may be slightly off size).
Step 2: Add the hardware
Attached the picture hanging hardware to the back of the wooden box (the hardware should be strong enough to hold the weight of the box and the mirror). Also, try to get the screws into the sides of the box if possible (whatever you do, make sure that they do not stick out on the inside of the box where the mirror will be glued down).
Step 3: Attach the mirror
Spread the adhesive onto the back of the mirror, then lay the mirror in the box. Place a towel on top of the mirror along with something heavy to hold the mirror in place while the adhesive dries. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 4: Add the rope border
Cut pieces of rope or twine to fit around the inside edge of the box, covering the mirror’s edge. Use the hot glue gun to glue the rope or twine into place. Allow to dry, then your new mirror is ready to hang!
Photo credits: DIY Network