Make a Mosaic Mirror in 6 Steps
Create a mosaic mirror to add detail to your personal space and enhance its appearance. With endless choices of colored glass available, you can make one to blend in with the décor of the room. Have your children help you in this simple crafts project that is lots of fun.
Instead of settling for a store bought one, follow these 6 steps to make your very own mosaic mirror at half the price.
Step 1 – Select Mirror
Select the mirror you want to work on, in any shape and size, with or without a frame. Since you will be creating a frame with mosaic tiles, you can use the existing wooden or metal frame, or stick the tiles directly on the mirror surface. If placing it over a fireplace, select a long rectangular piece of mirror, while circles work best for toilets.
Step 2 – Create Template
You can select a template from those available at craft stores, or simply design your own. Draw the design on to the mirror frame with a pencil to get an idea of how many pieces of glass you will need and in what size, shape and color.
Step 3 – Prepare the Frame
Prepare the mirror frame where you will glue your tile pieces. Clean it with a damp cloth and dry it thoroughly. Score it with a utility knife or roughen it with sandpaper to help the glue you will apply to it form a better bond.
Step 4 – Cut Tiles
Purchase tiles in colors you want from any craft or home improvement store. Make sure you wear your safety glasses and gloves when you begin cutting your glass or ceramic tiles with nippers to prevent any accidents.
To cut a tile, hold it in one hand and clip off the edges with nippers for a small piece. Clip more of the edges if you want your tile to fit a specific design. Use running pliers for straight cuts.
Step 5 – Glue Tiles to the Frame
Lay all the pieces over the frame for a dry fit and make any adjustments. Shape any piece that does not form a good fit with nippers.
Begin gluing the pieces once you are satisfied with your design. To do this, apply tile glue to the back of every tile and press it firmly into place. Begin by fitting bigger pieces first, focusing on the smaller filler pieces later. Use tweezers to handle very tiny pieces. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
Step 6 – Apply Grout
Purchase either readymade grout or add water to the powdered form until it is the consistency of ice cream. Apply a layer of grout over the entire tile surface with a spatula, and push it into all the grooves and gaps between the tiles. Let it set for 20 minutes.
Use a wet sponge to wipe away excess grout from the tiles surface. Let it set for at least a day before inserting mirror hangers to the back of your decorative mirror and installing it on the wall.