How to Make a DIY Polaroid Inspired Mirror
Polaroid frames aren't just for photos! Add a cute touch to your walls by creating your own Polaroid mirror!
Being part of the design team here on Blitsy and seeing all the other ladies amazing projects, has really challenge me as a crafter! Meaning, that I try my best each month to create some DIYs that I think you guys and my fellow team members will love! With that being said, there are those times when I have no clue what I'm going to be making. This month was one of those months.
No matter what idea I came up with, I just didn't like it. It was either too complicated, not for the right season or just not an exciting project. So I took a little trip to the craft store to clear my head. As I was walking down the scrapbooking aisle, I happened to notice little Polaroid cut outs which were designed for pictures. Somehow my brain went from scrapbooking cut outs to a Polaroid Mirror. Then I thought a Polaroid Mirror didn't sound half bad and might make a cute project (especially since the back to school decorating season is upon us).
So today I'm going to be showing you all how you can make your own Polaroid Mirror!
To make the Polaroid Mirror, I decided to use a piece of foam board as my base. You may be thinking that a material like foam board would not be a strong enough base for a mirror that would be hanging on a wall. However in this case, the combination of a light weight mirror and E6000 glue, ended up making a really sturdy mirror.
Now when it comes to foam board, you do have options. For example, foam board can be found in different colors and thickness. So if you are concerned about the use of foam board in a mirror project, you can buy a thicker piece of foam board which will help create a stronger base for your mirror. The thickness of the foam board that I'm using in this project is 1/8''.
To find out how to make your own Polaroid Mirror just check out the full tutorial below!
- Foam Board
- Square Mirror
- White Paint
- Foam Brush
- Craft Knife
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Sawtooth Picture Hook
Take your foam board and measure 1 1/2 inches from both the left side and top edge. Once you have made your marks, take your mirror and line it up with the marks. Then measure 1 1/2 inches from the right side of your mirror and make a mark. Now draw a line (going straight down) where you made your 1 1/2 inch mark on the right side.
Once you have drawn your line, measure 5 1/2 down from the bottom of your mirror and make a mark. Finally, draw a line (going straight across) where you made your 5 1/2 inch mark.
Before removing your mirror you may want to trace around the entire thing, to make sure that everything is even and lines up.
When your done measuring, you should have something similar to the above picture.
Cut out your Polaroid using a craft knife. You will only need to cut the right side (the straight line going down) and bottom (the straight line going across) of your Polaroid.
Once your foam board is cut, you may have little pieces of foam hanging off the edge. To fix this, just take a piece of sandpaper and run it lightly over the two sides you've cut. The sanding will also help to make the edges more even if you happen to have made a small mistake when cutting.
Paint your foam board white.
This step may sound a little unnecessary, but I noticed that it was difficult to erase the marks that I had made onto my foam board. So I did my best to erase them and decided to paint one layer of white paint onto my foam board. Now if you don't encounter this problem, then you can skip this step!
Glue on your mirror using some E6000. Don't be afraid to be generous with your E6000 because you want to make sure that your mirror is glued on tight! Once you're happy with how everything looks, set your mirror aside to dry.
When your mirror is dry, flip it over and glue on a sawtooth picture hook using some E6000. Then set your mirror aside to dry.
Once your mirror is all dry, your ready to hang it up!
Wasn't that easy to make? I think this mirror would look cute hanging in dorm room or in small home office.
Also if your wondering how big this Polaroid Mirror turned out to be, it was 13 inches by 17 inches. You could always adjust the size of the Polaroid Mirror your make by picking a smaller or bigger mirror.
Overall I loved how this project turned out and think it would make a great conversation piece to add to your wall! What do you guys think? Would you like to create your own Polaroid Mirror?