Square Mirrors for a Few Bucks

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:47
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Make a mirror for about $3!  Free plans from ana-white.com #DIY #PLANS

Hi everyone!

I've been helping my sister out with her family/guest bathroom (more details coming soon!) and she had this giant open space above her toilet that needed something after ripping the towel bar down (who uses those things anymore?).

Artwork this size would have costed a fortune.  And because this bathroom has no windows, I felt like a mirror would be the best bet.  Not a big mirror that's actually useful - just one for reflecting light.

So I made these little wood framed mirrors out of a 1x2 and a mirror tile!

Maybe the biggest bang for twenty bucks ever!!!

The plans for these little mirrors are below - check them out.

And here's a quick video tutorial too!

Thanks for watching!

More on this bath makeover coming soon!  Stay tuned!

XO Ana + Family


Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

For ONE Mirror -

1 - 12" x 12" mirror tile

1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

mirror adhesive

wood glue and nails or screws or pocket hole screws

picture hanging kit and hanging hardware

Cut List

4 - 1x2 @ 12-1/8" (for 12" mirror tiles)

2 - 1x2 @ 13-5/8" (cut to fit)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Cut 4 - 1x2s 1/8" bigger than your mirror (you don't want too tight or it could crack your mirror.  Also if you live in moist environments where wood can expand, consider using MDF).  Attach together as shown.

Step 2

Then cut two more 1x2s and attach on outsides with glue and nails or screws or pocket holes to all of the exisiting 1x2 boards.

Step 3

NOTE: Add picture hanging kit hardware before installing mirror.

Glue the mirror to the frame according to the directions with the mirror.  For added security, you may wish to also apply a small bead of clear silicone around the front of the mirror, further preventing mirror from popping outward.

Hang using a picture hanging kit.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.


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