How to Create a Mosaic Mirror

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Transform a boring mirror into a DIY creation.
It is amazing the difference just a few broken dishes can make.
For the ultimate restyle, make use of any broken or cracked dishes you already own.
Transform a boring mirror into a DIY creation.

Transform a boring mirror into a DIY creation.

Photo: Sloan Howard
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Tired of your same old, uninspired wall mirror? Give it a face lift with mosaic tiles. The mosaic technique inspires creativity and can quickly turn an average mirror into a textural work of art. Plus, depending on the size of the mirror, it can be great way to create a new focal point for a room without breaking the budget.

For this easy project, I used a combination of colorful precut mosaic tiles and custom-cut and broken dishes on a basic, round mirror. For the ultimate restyle, make use of any broken or cracked dishes you already own. I love the look of the mosaic mirror, but you could apply the same techniques to picture frames, tabletops, or other flat surfaces to give them simple, decorative makeovers.

What You'll Need:

•    Dry sponge
•    Framed wall mirror
•    Glue brush
•    Hammer
•    Mosaic adhesive
•    Mosaic grout
•    Mosaic tiles
•    Narrow spatula
•    Packing paper
•    Plates
•    Tile cutter
•    Utility knife
•    Optional: Disposable rubber gloves

Break for Style

There’s a satisfying crunch at the beginning of this project. Grab your hammer, and break up some plates.

1. Break the plates. Wrap plates in several sheets of packing paper. Then, break them into small pieces with a hammer.


Restyle plates with cracks or chips in them.

2. Prep the mirror. Clean and dry the mirror frame. Then, score it with a utility knife to facilitate a better adhesive bond later.


Scoring the mirror frame will help the tiles to adhere better to the base.

3. Add the design. Draw the design onto the mirror frame—the simpler the pattern, the better. Here, a kitchen bowl served as a template for a sun design.


Simple patterns will be easier to stick to.

4. Lay out the tiles. Arrange the broken plate and mosaic tile pieces on the mirror’s edge. Use a tile cutter to better size the plate pieces for fit.


A tile cutter can make the job of trimming tiles to fit easier.

Stick to It
The pieces are now in place so you can give this mosaic mirror some permanence. This is where the project gets gooey, so you may want to put on some rubber gloves.

1. Apply the Pieces. With a glue brush, add tile adhesive to the tiles, plate pieces, and the frame surface. Press the pieces into place. Don’t worry if a little adhesive squeezes out from under the tile or plate piece; it will be covered by the grout. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours.


Don't worry if some adhesive squeezes out from under the tile.

2. Grout the tiles. Use a rubber spatula to fill the grooves between the tiles with grout. To make cleanup easier, be sure to wipe excess grout off the tiles with the spatula. Wait exactly 20 minutes before proceeding to the next step; the grout needs to set a bit.


Tip: If your mirror is large, you may need to pace yourself when it comes to grout application and cleanup. For the mirror shown, the grouting and cleaning steps were completed in four, 1 1⁄2-foot segments.

3. Clean up the grout. Wipe away any excess grout on top of the tiles with a barely damp sponge. Let the grout set for at least 24 hours before you hang the mirror.


Grout should set for 24 hours before hanging the mirror to make sure everything is set.

excerpted from CraftStylish Restyle, p. 48

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Comments (4)

cartel_tile_adhesive writes: That's grate idea! I'm sure you can use our products to do it!

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Cartel-Dal tile adhesive
Posted: 1:55 pm on February 23rd
sophiecai writes: i'd love to use it on my new house, which will be ready in the end of this year....thanks so much for sharing.....
Posted: 9:45 am on February 17th
imready writes: OMGoodness.....I sooo want to try this!! You make it look easy!! ha ha
Wish me luck!!! Thanks for sharing such a darling project!!
Jackie<3
Posted: 2:00 pm on October 1st
jenellsrevenge writes: I love this. I featured it on my blog. http://diyjenellstyle.blogspot.com
Posted: 9:12 am on September 3rd
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