Wooden Hand Mirror

Easy tutorial for a color dipped wooden hand mirror

I’ve been in desperate need for a hand mirror for quite a while now. I’ve been walking around the house with a full size standing mirror whenever I want to see the back of my head for far too long. I needed an attractive mirror so I wouldn’t want to hide it as I don’t have much bathroom storage, but I also didn’t want to spend to much so as always, I decided to make something!

Wooden Hand Mirror

Making this mirror doesn’t take much skill, but it does take patience. Cutting through the wood took a lot of time, but you could probably make it easier with an actual saw rather than a box cutter like me. You can leave the wood plain, but I decided to dress it up with a little bit of color. Decorations are entirely up to you. Maybe add some chalkboard paint and write a little inspirational phrase for the day? Have fun being creative!

What You Need:

  • 4 – 6 inch mirror (I used this one)
  • Around a 6 x 12 inch piece of wood (something really thin like balsa wood or a thin plywood, this cut into thirds would work.)
  • Box Cutter or Saw
  • Awl (Optional, but really helpful if you don’t have a saw)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Washi or Painter’s Tape
  • Clear Acrylic Spray
  • E6000 Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paint Brush

How to Make It:

2

Use your ruler to make a mark about 1 inch from each edge of the wood and 1 1/2 inches from the Bottom.

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Use these marks as a guide to mark out a rectangle that’s about 4 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches tall.

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If you’re using a saw, cut out the rectangle. If you’re ready for a workout, use your awl to perforate the edges of the rectangle. I kept pushing until I could see a hole in the back of the plywood and then flipped it over and pushed the awl through the hole from the other side. Once you’ve got a good perforation, use your box cutter and your ruler to start cutting through the holes. Pop out the rectangle. Phew! You’re through the hardest part!

5

Sand the inside edges so everything is nice and smooth. Splinters are never fun. I also sanded the outside edges of the mirror because I noticed a few potential splinters.

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Make a few dash marks about halfway up the mirror and tape it off.

8

Paint one side and let it dry. Now give it a nice coat of clear acrylic spray.

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Place the mirror about where you would like it to go and use your ruler to make sure it’s centered. Make 4 marks with your pencil around the mirror. Now, cover the back of the mirror with your E6000 and line the mirror up with your pencil marks and attach.

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Put a nice, big book on top of the mirror and leave to dry overnight.

Wood Hand Mirror

Clean off any smudge marks from your mirror and it’s ready to use! Take a look at your gorgeous self!

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