Make Your Own Custom Framed Mirrors

Beautiful DIY Mirror! Make your own custom framed mirrors with this simple tutorial. The perfect modern mirror for any hallway, bedroom, or bathroom wall!

Beautiful DIY Mirror! Make your own modern mirror with this simple tutorial and a Ryobi pin nailer :) Love the geometric design! The perfect wooden mirror frame for any wall!

A few months ago we didn’t have any mirrors on the entire main level of our home. Who knows what kind of food (courtesy of my kids of course!) was in my hair when I left the house. We had guests come and stay that had to run upstairs to do their makeup in the morning. Well, we’re making up for it now! We already added a mirror in our beautiful entryway, and now we have a beautiful custom framed mirror in the hallway!

The Ryobi is the perfect tool for this job

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Sometimes I dream up or draw project ideas in my head and both my husband and I are skeptical. Ok… Russel is usually skeptical, lol. This time, however, I had an idea, sketched it out, and both of us loved it, but neither one of us was sure if it was going to turn out. Luckily, it looked amazing and I didn’t have to go with plan B!

Here’s what you need to make your own mirror:

How to make your DIY Custom Mirror:

Find a piece of mirror glass to begin with

How to Cut Glass

You need a piece of mirror glass to start. You can buy a plain rectangular piece if needed.

Ours was the leftover piece from the mirror we removed in our old bathroom renovation. If you have a large piece of mirror and want to learn how to cut glass, use this tutorial.

Cut your wood strips to make the frame

How to Frame Your Mirror

The first thing you need to do is build the frame for your mirror with your pine boards.

In order for the mirror to sit inside the frame nicely, we made a 1/4″ indent in the side of the wood that we were using the build the frame.

Once you know the size of your mirror, you can cut the frame

Next, measure your mirror to determine the length of frame you need. We wanted all of the frame edges to be nicely mitred at 45 degree angles. The photo below shows what the four frame pieces should look like after they are all cut.

This is what your wood frame pieces should look like

Using the pin nailer

This is where the beautiful pin nailer comes into play! If you don’t know what it is, it’s a tool that shoots out pin nails. They are small nails and aren’t as strong as brad nails (from your typical nail gun). They are perfect for a project like this where we don’t need a lot of strength, and just want to hold objects in place.

Use your pin nailer (we like the Ryobi air strike) to nail your wood pieces together

To finish building the frame, we added wood glue between all of the joints, shot a pin nails through, and then clamped them until they were set.

Don't forget to use a clamp to hold the frame edges together

Once the frame is clamped and set, your mirror should fit perfectly inside.

Make a Custom Design for Your Mirror

If you want your mirror to have a modern, custom design, grab a thin piece of pine board. Use the mitre saw to cut pieces at various lengths—starting with opposing 45 degree angles.

You can always draw out your design first, so that you aren’t wasting scrap wood, but I wanted to physically move the pieces around.

We also cut some pieces with straight cuts on one side, and 45 degree cuts on the opposite side.

This is what the frame should look like once you're finished with the clamps

We laid out all of the pieces until we were happy with the design. We did cut down a few of the pieces until they fit nicely in the frame.

The mirror frame with the overlay geometric pieces

Again, the Ryobi Pin Nailer was perfect for this job, because we just needed something to grab and hold the wood pieces in place.

Use your pin nailer to attach the wooden overlays

Finish your wood properly, but puttying and sanding any joints that need it. The pin nail holes are so small, you likely don’t have to putty those at all.

We used wood putty between the overlay wood pieces
Sand down the wood putty once it's dry

You can paint or stain your piece to give your custom framed mirror just the final look you’ve always wanted. I wanted a deep black colour, so we chose to use black paint on ours.

Paint or stain your wooden frame

Our Finished DIY Custom Framed Mirror

What do you think of the finished custom framed mirror? I LOVE the design in real life so much more than I liked it on paper.

The finished mirror in our hallway
Closeup of the finished product
Another angle of the finished product

Perfect place to check your hair before you leave the house!

Hallway mirror
DIY Custom Framed Mirrors

DIY Custom Framed Mirrors

Yield: 1
Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $50

Beautiful DIY Mirror! Make your own custom framed mirrors with this simple tutorial. The perfect modern mirror for any hallway, bedroom, or bathroom wall!

Materials

  • 1 x 1/2" strips of pine
  • 1/4" x 1/2" strip of pine
  • A rectangular piece of mirror
  • Wood putty
  • Sander
  • Paint or wood stain
  • (we used Black Coal paint)

Tools

  • Ryobi Pin Nailer
  • Speed square
  • A router table
  • A mitre saw

Instructions

  1. If needed, start by cutting your glass piece. If you need steps for how to do this, follow the instructions in the "notes" section below.
  2. The next thing you need to do is cut part of your 1 x 1/2" wood strips for the glass to sit in. The easiest way to do this is to set up a router table so that it cuts a 1/4" indent into the side of each wood piece.
  3. Measure your mirror to determine the length of frame you need. Cut the first edge of your frame at a 45 degree angle, then measure the length of your frame on the inside edge and make another 45 degree cut on the other side, in the opposite direction. The inside edge should be the length of your mirror (say it's 12") and the outside edge should be the length plus 1" because it's a 1" board and you've added mitres to extend it (so it would be 13"). See photo in post.
  4. We added wood glue between all of the joints, shot a pin nail through each corner, and then clamped it until it was set.
  5. Grab a thinner piece of 1/2" x 1/4" pine and use the mitre saw to cut pieces at various lengths—starting with opposing 45 degree angles.
  6. We laid out all of the pieces until we were happy with the design. When we went to do the pieces with one straight edge, we just laid the wood piece on top and drew a mark onto the wood telling us where to cut.
  7. Use the pin nailer to attach these pieces to the frame.
  8. Use wood putty between all of the joints and sand them down when they are dry.
  9. Paint or stain your frame.

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Beautiful DIY Mirror! Make your own custom framed mirrors with this simple tutorial and a Ryobi pin nailer :) Love the geometric design! The perfect wooden mirror frame for any wall!

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