How to decorate a mirror with your own hands
The mirror is an indispensable attribute of human life, for several centuries. It is difficult to imagine an apartment in which it is not - such a room will be strange, lifeless, deprived of the usual comfort. Mirror decor adds personality to any interior, especially if it is made with one's own hand, and not in a glass factory. Decorate this subject in a variety of ways, decorate in many styles, more in our master classes on individual do-it-yourself techniques.
Basic rules, principles of decorating mirrors
This design area uses all materials existing in nature and the industrial world, their waste. The remains of the baseboard and sawn wood, ice cream sticks and plastic utensils, threads and fabric, shells and pebbles, plastic and egg shells, beads and rhinestones, acrylic paints and paper - all this creates a unique, unique decor. Transparent silicone is usually used as an adhesive, and it is applied using a special gun. Silicone exists neutral and acid, they differ in price, setting time. In some cases, PVA glue, "Titan" is used.
There are two decoration techniques:
- the decor beyond the borders of the mirror - from cardboard, fiberboard, plywood cut out the base of the desired shape, which should be chosen more than the subject of decoration. Decorative elements are glued around the edge, the base is dried, then a mirror is mounted on it, as if inserted into a frame;
- mirror surface decoration - glue, along with decorations, is applied directly to the object itself, which allows you to get a "delicate" design.
Industrial decoration of mirror elements is carried out by etching, crackle, engraving, color enameling, lithography, painting, etc.
Options for decorating mirrors
There are a lot of decor ideas suitable for different styles, here are just a few of them:
- for the loft style, the frame for the mirror is made of the remains of a laminate, pieces of brick;
- in the interior of a marine style, it is decorated with sea shells, flat pebbles;
- for ethnic - the frame is woven from straws, decorated with dry flowers, varnished, dry cane tubes;
- in provence, light linen cloth, ropes are used;
- an embroidered picture can become a mirror design in a classic style;
- the industrial interior is made out of colored broken glass, plastic spoons, forks;
- for art-believe, the mirror will be perfectly formed with tubes of colored paper;
- hi-tech style mirror frame, mounted from chromed metal pieces, tubes, bolts.
Paper sticks or tubes
Paper, one way or another, is in every home. For the decor of mirrors are most often used:
- glossy magazines - they don’t even have to be painted;
- cigarette paper;
- cardboard trays from eggs;
- napkins for decoupage.
To make a frame of tubes, they are twisted from a newspaper, making the desired length, thickness. They are laid out on an unnecessary substrate, stained with acrylic from a spray can on all sides. After that, it is better to round the mirror, glue is applied on the back - silicone is necessarily bought neutral, acidic can easily destroy a thin mirror coating. Paper tubes are laid out in the form of the sun, a flower, the day is dried in a horizontal position and a new decor item is hung on the wall. For rooms with high humidity, this design is not suitable.
Sometimes, instead of paper tubes, plastic straws, pens from pens are used.
The larger the mirror, the greater the number of spoons required. From them you need to cut off the scoops, which later become the "petals" of the flower mirror, if desired, paint in one color or different. Next, a piece of fiberboard, thick cardboard is cut out, the main decoration is placed in the middle, which should be circled with a pencil, a marker - three to four or more rows are glued between this line and the edge of the frame. The frame is dried, a mirror is glued to the center, and after a day it is hung on the wall. Such a mirror will perfectly fit into the interior of a bright Art Nouveau bathroom, a romantic bedroom.
If you use a wide portion of forks instead of spoons, the design will be no less interesting, but prickly. In the same technique, a frame is made of buttons, small CDs, parts of a children's designer.
A rope, a lace is chosen thicker, for a large mirror a real rope is suitable, for a small one a thin, but strong twine, a paracord. The base is cut out of cardboard, fiberboard, glue is applied to it, a cord is laid round by round. The mirror can be glued at the very beginning, then a rope is glued around it. For minimalism, use a bright, not too textured rope, for traditional - linen.
If you use threads, ropes of different colors, you get a "rainbow", striped frame.
A wooden frame fits perfectly into any modern interior, it can be made of:
- wooden clothespins;
- chopstick for chinese food, from ice cream;
- oblique wood cuts;
- rails, plates;
If clothespins can simply be fastened around the perimeter of a thin mirror, then other options will require a little more time, effort. When there is access to woodworking machines, tools, then the profile necessary for a beautiful design is cut out from a solid bar independently. Wooden planks, slats are bought in a store where there is everything for repair. Timber cutting services are sometimes also provided there - you can ask the planks to be cut at an angle of a certain length. At home they will have to be fastened together, painted, painted by hand, supplemented with carvings. For a curly frame made of wood, you need an electric jigsaw.
For eco-style, a piece of plywood, cardboard larger than the mirror itself, which is glued into the middle, is cut out. Around, on the base, pieces of wood are glued, pegs, sticks, sticks, large chips, thin cuts of twigs, driftwood - the mirror turns out to be recessed in the frame. If the decoration is small, then it can be glued to a large wood saw, covered with varnish - it is better that it has a bark. When ice cream sticks are used for decoration, they should be pre-varnished, painted, painted.
Carved wooden frame is suitable for the Baroque style, decorated with driftwood - oriental, ethnic - decoration of thin twigs intertwined with each other, wooden clothespins with folk patterns.
Seashells brought from the sea, “shells” of snails used in the preparation of some dishes, can become an original element of decor. Most often they are used to decorate mirrors of a marine style - then they hang it against the background of photo murals depicting a sea dawn, sunset. Sinks painted with bright colors will fit well into the futuristic interior, modern. This frame is most often placed in the bathroom, in the nursery.
If sea, river, lake shells have lost their color, they are soaked in ordinary bleach, then washed, dried, greased with sunflower oil, varnished. Next, take a mirror having a frame or on plywood, wooden base. The shells are glued symmetrically, in a slack - first large, then, between them, smaller. The frame is dried, varnished.
As a complement to shells, many use pearls, beads, beads, and beautiful pebbles.
Mosaic, broken utensils
There is no need to rush to throw out broken dishes, especially if “during life” it was beautiful - the pieces are easy to use as decoration.
- broken stained glass, crystal;
- fragments of mirrors;
- pieces of aluminum foil;
- clay, porcelain shards;
- broken ceramic tiles.
In the presence of special equipment, the glass is cut into pieces of any desired shape. Decorations are glued to a pre-prepared surface according to the necessary pattern, voids between parts are filled with any grout, decorated with pebbles, sparkles, mother of pearl.
For the ecological style, clay shards are used, provence is earthenware, and a high-tech hallway is decorated with fragments of audio disks.
Artificially aged frame - the best decor for the living room, bedroom, expensive classic interior, pompous Baroque, Gothic.
Options for the "old" design:
Gold leaf frame design allows you to create a unique, luxurious item. Tinsel is the thinnest gold film that is glued to the surface of an object for decorative purposes. It comes in the form of squares with a side of 91.5 mm, but there are different thicknesses. For the decoration of furnishings, the thinnest is used - with a ligature weight of 1-2 g.
The color of gold leaf is:
- white - contains palladium, silver;
- lemon - has a large percentage of silver;
- green - an alloy of silver and gold;
- yellow - contains 75% gold, silver, copper;
- orange - an alloy of copper with silver;
- red - has a lot of copper in the composition;
- pure - almost one hundred percent.
The material is sold in notebooks, bundles, rolls, laid out with tissue paper.
Created gold is produced in the form of a powder that needs to be bred, combined with tinsel.
From materials, tools you will need:
- wooden frame - best carved, mirror-sized;
- gold sheets;
- glue - oil-based, alcohol-based;
- paint for the background - if the gold coating is not solid.
First, paint is applied to the frame, dried, carefully glued with gold sheets, polished so that there are no seams, a mirror is fixed in the middle.
If you need to save a lot of money, instead of sheets of gold they use potal - a thin foil that looks like gold, but without precious metals in the composition.
Such a finish is applied in the form of a painting directly on the mirror surface, various stickers on it. You can decorate the door of the wardrobe in the dressing room, oval, rectangular in the corridor, lobby, plasterboard partition, decorated with mirrors.
Of the materials, tools most often used:
- glass paints;
- various stencils;
- pebbles, beads;
- beads, sparkles;
- textile, polymer lace;
- thin, thick brushes.
For a minimalist, modern style, you should use a mirror without a frame.
In the "stone" decor should adhere to certain conditions:
- Do not place them too close to each other;
- it is recommended to use pebbles of different sizes, colors;
- You can lay them out on pre-made stencils;
- stick not only around the edge, but also locally in one or all corners.
An ornament made entirely of identical transparent stones alone is suitable for minimalism style. In combination with plastic flowers, plants - a room of a romantic style, buttons, beads - for eclecticism, the avant-garde. The glue is used transparent, it should be applied very carefully, carefully removing excess. Usually used special - to work with glass, rhinestones.
Such pebbles are often sold in stores - individually, in whole sets.
Hand painted decoration
Wall-mounted mirrors, glass doors and a dressing table are decorated with murals. In the presence of certain artistic skills, the surface is easily painted with wonderful patterns, using acrylic paints, brushes of various thicknesses.
The most popular topics:
- New Year's patterns - like in the winter on the windows;
- fantastic birds, animals;
- undersea world;
- point, "kudrinskaya" painting;
- geometric figures;
- plant ornaments.
For mirrors in children's style Provence, light colors are used. In the classic bedroom of a teenage girl, surfaces are decorated with flowers of pastel colors, industrial kitchen - figures of steel colors. It will take at least an hour to manually paint such a plan.
Another way is coloring with spray cans through special stencils. Perforated napkins for decoupage fit perfectly for this role. Rubberized napkins are chosen to make them easy to remove. They are simply laid out on the surface, and spray paint is applied on top, after which it should be dried for several hours.
When performing fine hand-painted, designers recommend using a special contour for working with glass.
The most "home" interior is obtained using the design of mirror surfaces with beads. Often it is combined with pictures, sofa cushions, embroidered with beads, bugles. For a traditional, neoclassical bedroom, this is one of the best solutions.
Beads, beads, ideally selected glass - so that they transmit light well, not too cluttered surface. The color scheme should fit well into the interior of the room, without creating a dissonance with it. You can glue on a transparent silicone sealant, separating the surface to be decorated with adhesive tape. Separate volumetric elements made by stringing beads on a wire, fishing line, thread can be used.
- sea waves of turquoise-white hues;
- African, Old Russian ornaments;
- butterflies, dragonflies;
- geometric abstractions.
Accents from large transparent beads look great against the background of smaller details.
DIY mirrored ceiling skirting board
From the materials you will need:
- furniture plywood;
- scissors, sharp knife;
- ruler, pencil, square;
- glue "Titan", PVA;
- acrylic dye;
- clothesline or twine;
- cloth sponge.
Step by step the frame is done like this:
- slots are made at the base, where a strong cord is inserted to hang the structure;
- the mirror is glued to plywood;
- they cut the ceiling skirting, carefully working out the corners;
- their ends are lubricated with glue "Titan", tightly pressed to each other;
- a special primer is applied to the baseboard, and when it dries - acrylic paint;
- further, individual fragments are decorated with gold, silver, bronze paint;
- a floral ornament is laid out from the remains of the rope and lace, which is complemented by contour, dot painting, sparkles, rhinestones;
- the frame is glued to the base, dried - in a day the structure is fixed to the wall.
As additional elements, any improvised materials suitable for the style are used. Sandrics, corner pieces, sockets (they are cut into several parts), fragments of ceiling ornaments, moldings, etc. are also used.
If possible, the pattern in the corners of the frame should be well chosen - it will turn out much more beautiful.
The design interior, decorated with mirrors, looks spacious, vibrant - any room seems to be filled with light, becomes larger. The creative design of large and small mirror surfaces can become a kind of highlight of any room, delighting the owners for a single year. When there are several mirrors in a room, all of them are made out in a similar manner, with a color scheme suitable specifically for a given space. Many ideas of independently decorating an old mirror with improvised means are able to be made even by a child, under the supervision of adults or with their help.