How to Customize a Hand Mirror with Mod Podge

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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A good hand mirror is really helpful. I use mine to check they way my hair looks from the back and the sides when putting my hair up. It’s really handy to see if I’ve left any hair out or if there are any funny spots that need to be reworked or repined. I also need a hand mirror so that clients can see the back after a cut or color.

I picked up a couple inexpensive hand mirrors from the dollar store. They do the trick but they were both pretty boring and ugly. So, I mod podged them! This is fun and easy to do and I love the way they turned out.

Get the how-to after the jump.

Mod Podge Hand Mirror

Hand mirror
Decorative paper
Decorative scissors (optional)
Mod Podge
Wipe-on Polyurethane
Foam paintbrush

1. Clean the back of your hand mirror to make sure it’s free of any dust or debris.

2. Gather your decorative paper, pencil, scissors, and decorative scissors, if you are using them. You can find a wide variety of fun paper options at your local arts and crafts or paper store.

3. I decided to add a "P" for Parlor on one mirror. If you'd like to add a monogram or other image, simply print on contrasting paper in whatever size you prefer. I used a glass to trace a circle around my letter.

4. Then I cut it out with scalloped decorative scissors. This is totally optional.

5. Place the top of the mirror on the wrong side of your decorative paper and trace it with a pencil. Cut that shape out inside the line, leaving room for the lip of mirror.

6. Paint a thin coat of mod podge on the back of the mirror, place your paper, and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. Allow it to dry completely, at least 20 minutes. Then paint another coat on top and let it dry again.

7. Paint a coat of mod podge onto the back of your initial and place it on top of your of your decorative paper. Allow it to dry once again. Then apply two final coats of mod podge over the entire back of your mirror, allowing it to dry between coats. Let dry.

8. Finally, paint or wipe on a thin coat of polyurethane for more durability. This step is optional but I did it because I'm a bit of a slob. (It's true.)

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