How to Make an Oval Mirror Frame

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Scroll saw, band saw or jigsaw
Damp cloth
Glue gun or staple gun
Stained glass pieces or tile pieces

Making a mirror frame is not an overly difficult task as long as some basic steps are followed. Here we will discuss some fundamental aspects to keep in mind to make an oval mirror yourself. It is much more economical and it can be personalized much more at the end of the day.

Step 1: Measure the Mirror

Start off by taking the measurements of the mirror which you wish to frame. Then you need to decide which material you will choose to build the frame with. It ultimately depends on your tastes and on the décor of the room where the particular mirror will be hung.

Step 2: Making a Wooden Frame

Acquire a piece of wood. It is best if it is a rather thick plank. Apply the measurements of the mirror onto the plank of wood by drawing out the layout of the mirror with a marker or pencil. Since the shape is oval you will need to be more careful to draw it as precisely as possible. There are various tools you can use to do this accurately, but in such a case it is best to make use of a scroll saw, band saw or jigsaw. You will usually need to mark the center area and then the saw will cut around that hole and all you need to do is to remove the additional area by popping it out around the border with a small sharp blade. Once the frame is cut use a fine grit sandpaper to ensure a smoother finish. Then wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any dust particles.

Step 3: Painting the Frame

This step is optional, since it is one of several finishes one can choose to apply to the frame. In case you are going to paint the frame so as to match it with the color scheme of the room, make sure you use a rather small paintbrush in order to apply the paint as evenly and as neatly as possible. You may wish to apply more than one coating.

Step 4: Applying a Padded Area

Some may opt to make a padded mirror frame. In such a case place the fabric you are going to use on a flat surface to cut it out according to the dimensions needed. Insert a piece of padding in the fabric cover. Then, simply fold it around the wooden frame and patch up the cushioning tightly at the back of the frame by using a staple gun or glue gun.

Step 5: Apply Stained Glass Pieces

Another alternative method is to glue stained glass pieces onto the wooden frame to form a sort of mosaic mirror. Small pieces of tiles can also be used.

Step 6: Nail In Pins

Nail in a number of pins at the back of the mirror at regular intervals.

Step 7: Mount the Mirror Securely

Finally once you finish off the frame according to your wishes you just need to mount the mirror into it. You may also wish to place a piece of hard cardboard at the back of the mirror. Bend the frame’s pins to secure the mirror well.


You may then hang the mirror and enjoy your work. This is a relatively economical project and offers various variations to create the effect you are looking for.