How to Cut Glass to Make Your Own Modern Mirrors

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

As promised, I’m finally getting around to sharing some of those Modern Bathroom DIYs with everyone. Last week I shared my concrete soap dish with you, which was the first of many DIYs. This bathroom was a labor of love. Many hours, many decisions, and a few arguments. But we ended up with the perfect modern oasis. Originally we were planning to buy mirrors, but then we got the idea to reuse the mirror that we had removed from the old bathroom. I love the modern mirrors we ended up with!

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

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Here (above) is the mirror we had removed. We started by laying it out on a plywood board on top of our sawhorses.

Materials:

Glass Cutter
Glass Cutting Oil
A large level or piece of wood
Clamps

For Frame: 

3/4″ by 3/4″ wood strips
Mitre Saw
Router
Minwax Natural Stain
Minwax Polycrylic


Start by marking out where you want to cut. You have to cut the entire edge at once. We used painters tape to mark our lines.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

Next, you need to lay down a straight edge to cut against. We used our large level, but you can use a piece of wood too. Clamp it against the mirror, at the edge of the table. We found that have the cut line a couple cm away from the edge of the table actually worked best.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

Next, fill your glass cutter with the Glass Cutting Oil.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

Here’s a close-up image of our Glass Cutter.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

Use your Glass Cutter to score the glass along your straight edge.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

Gently apply even pressure after you scored the glass and the glass should break off easily. This was our first time cutting, and we couldn’t believe how smoothly it went!

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

On a couple of our cuts there was a tiny bit of glass left over. We scored it a second time, on top and underneath. Since it was too small to grab with our fingers, we used wrenches to break the extra pieces off.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

To make frames for our mirrors, we cut our 3/4″ x 3/4″ boards to the correct lengths and widths.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

We put 45 degree cuts on all of our corners.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

Next, use your router to grove the trim so that you can inlay your mirror. We left about 1/4″ ungrooved. We nailed the frame together, and then placed the mirror right into the grooved section, and attached the mirror with mirror clips.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

We stained the mirror with by favourite Minwax Natural Stain, and then used Minwax Polycrylic to protect the finish.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

Love these mirrors. Couldn’t have found a better fit for our space!

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents! Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of our MODERN BATHROOM RENOVATION!

Make your own custom typography canvas with iron-on vinyl and paint. A sleek modern canvas for your bedroom or bathroom. Love the "wake up. kick ass. sleep. repeat." Art in a beautiful modern bathroom.

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

11 thoughts on “How to Cut Glass to Make Your Own Modern Mirrors

  1. What a great post and I love how your mirrors turned out. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party and you are one of our features this coming Sunday. Thanks so much.

  2. I’m so in love with your bathroom and those mirrors are incredible – want! This is such a great post! pinning so I can refer to it later.

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