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

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.