Create a Mirror that Doesn't Reverse Your Image

A large, interior mirror with a decorative gold frame.
  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-500
What You'll Need
Two unframed mirrors (2x2 feet each is ideal)
A friend to help
Duct tape
What You'll Need
Two unframed mirrors (2x2 feet each is ideal)
A friend to help
Duct tape

As anyone who has ever held up written material to a mirror knows, the mirror reflection is reversed from left to right. If you've ever been curious about seeing your mirror image as it truly is, as other people see you, you can spend thousands of dollars to buy special, prefabricated mirrors that don’t reverse the image, or you can do a cheap and simple trick to create a mirror that doesn’t reverse your image.

You will be able to see yourself as if you were looking at a photograph, or seeing yourself through another's eyes. All it takes is some simple materials and maybe an extra set of hands, and you can create your very own non-reversing mirror in a matter of minutes.

Step 1 – Go Mirror Shopping

First, take a trip to your local craft or hardware store to pick up some simple mirrors. They can be any size you like (though a medium, 2x2-foot size is the easiest to work with), but the important thing is that they not be framed. Also, look for mirrors that don’t have beveled edges, which could interfere with the reflected image at the end of the project.

Step 2 – Put the Mirrors Together

You might want to get a friend to help you with this step. Start by taking one mirror and standing it straight on a flat surface. Then, take the other mirror and align it to the first mirror at a right angle. When the mirrors are thus connected, they should create a V-shaped seam where they intersect.

Step 3 – Secure the Mirrors with Tape

Next, take your duct tape (or another super-strong, industrial tape that can stick to glass and metal) and run a strip all the way down the backside of the seam where the two mirrors intersect. Then take shorter strips of tape and reinforce the same by taping across horizontally in at least three different areas.

Step 4 – Take a Look

Adjust the mirrors and stand so that you are looking directly into the V-seam. And voila—you will be looking at your non-reversed image!

Step 5 – Keep the Mirror Secure

Although the mirrors should be fairly well braced with the tape, keep in mind that they could still easily tip over and get cracked or even shatter. Make sure to keep your new, non-reversing mirror in a safe, secure place where it won’t fall over.

If you choose to hang this mirror as a statement piece, you may need to reinforce your seams with caulking or an industrial strength adhesive.

Create a Mirror that Doesn't Reverse Your Image FAQ

How do you make a true self mirror?

To create a mirror that does not display a reversed image but one that is exactly like what other people see when they look at you, you’re going to need two mirrors.

Take the two mirrors and place them together at a 90-degree angle. There should be no seam, no frame in the way.

Also, that angle does need to be perfect. It can be quite hard to do this because the end of the mirror that meets the other mirror must be a perfectly straight edge that can fit flush against the mirror.

You'll know if it has worked when you look at yourself and you feel a bit disoriented because you look a bit different.

Do we look better in the mirror or real life?

You may think you always look a little weird in selfies and wish that you looked more the way you do in the mirror, but this does not mean you are more or less attractive in photos or mirrors and beauty is highly subjective anyway.

The reason you often have a bit of a negative reaction to selfies is that the image is not the same as the one you see in the mirror. It is reversed from how you see yourself.

This automatically creates a sense of wrongness. It's a bit off-putting, and this is why you often don't like selfies because they're just a little different from how you see your own face.

Are selfies how others see you?

Mirrors reflect how you see yourself, or how you'd look if your face was reversed. Selfies, on the other hand, show you a more accurate representation of what others see when they look at you.

Is it hard to make your own mirror?

There is a lot of mysticism and story attached to mirrors. They have appeared in fairy tales and horror stories and all sorts of different films as portals to other worlds or items inhabited by entities of some kind.

But the truth is, mirrors are pretty ancient technology and people have been making them for a long, long, long time. That means you can definitely learn how to make a mirror with your DIY energy and not much else.

You will need a nice piece of glass, which you can usually obtain fairly easily from a picture frame. Clean it very well with rubbing alcohol.

Now, you can simply cover the glass with mirror spray paint. You'll need several coats of paint, usually four to five.

Don't use any other type of paint other than mirrored paint, as nothing else will work. With this paint, making a mirror is relatively easy.

Is it expensive to make a mirror?

It is not at all expensive to make a regular mirror. All you need is glass and reflective spray paint, both of which can be obtained pretty affordably.

Save money on glass by shopping for frames at secondhand stores, rather than buying them new.