How to Make a Standing Mirror

Do you have a blank corner in your home that’s in dire need of décor? If so, why not create an eye-catching conversation piece that is both useful and beautiful a standing mirror? Not only will it brighten up any room, but it also serves as a practical tool for checking up on your appearance.

How to Make a Standing Mirror

Making your own standing mirror may seem like an intimidating task at first, but with the proper resources and some guidance, you can easily learn how to make a standing mirror furnishing yourself! Read on to get all the instructions you need to make a stunning standing mirror of your own.

Step-by-step Guidelines on How to Make a Standing Mirror

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Materials.

To make a standing mirror, you’ll need the following materials: a circular or square mirror; two pieces of saw horse (or other sturdy supports); a miter saw; drill and bits; pliers; sandpaper; wood glue; painters tape, rags and/or paper towels. That’s all you need to get started! Remember to wear safety glasses and a dust mask when using the drill or saw.

Step 2: Measure the Mirror.

Measure the mirror with your measuring tape to determine how large of a frame you’ll need for it. Be sure to factor in any extra space that will be needed for the frame’s connection pieces (such as corner braces or miters). It’s best to measure twice and cut once! This will ensure that your frame fits perfectly. More precise measurements will also help you avoid the hassle of having to shave down your frame and start over.

Step 3: Cut Your Frame Pieces.

Using your miter saw, cut four equal-length pieces to create your frame. If you are using a circular mirror, you will need to cut two longer length pieces that can be used to form the curved portion of the frame. It’s important to make sure that all of your pieces are cut accurately and cleanly. If necessary, use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges. So that your frame pieces fit together properly, you may want to practice assembling them before gluing and drilling.

Cut Four Equal-length Pieces to Create Your Frame

Step 4: Connect the Frame Pieces.

To connect the four pieces of your frame together, you’ll need to use either corner braces or miters. Braces are a great option if your mirror is small and not overly heavy, while miters provide a more secure connection for larger mirrors. This is a personal preference and can depend on the mirror’s weight, size, and shape. Once you have chosen your preferred method, secure each connection firmly using wood glue and drill bits.

Step 5: Apply Wood Glue.

Once all of your pieces have been connected together evenly, apply wood glue to each joint before securing it with screws or nails. This will help ensure that the frame remains stable and securely attached over time. It’s important to use a generous amount of glue, but be sure not to overdo it as this may create messy smudges.

Step 6: Secure the Frame with Screws/Nails.

Once the wood glue has dried completely, use the drill and bits to secure each joint with screws or nails. That’s it! Your frame is now ready to be attached to the saw horses. Remember to use extra care when attaching the mirror to its frame; you don’t want it to be mounted incorrectly and risk damage. But with a little patience and the right tools, you can easily learn how to make a standing mirror furnish yourself.

Step 7: Sand, Stain and/or Paint the Frame.

Once the frame is completed, use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges or imperfections. If desired, you can also apply a stain or paint to give your mirror a unique look. It’s important to make sure all of your materials are dry and free from dust or debris before applying a coat of paint or stain. To finish off your project, use rags or paper towels to remove any excess stain or paint from the frame.

Step 8: Attach the Mirror to the Frame.

Lay an old towel over a flat surface and place your frame face-down on top of it. Apply painters tape along each edge of the backside of the mirror in order to secure it in place before flipping it over onto the frame. Once secured, use wood glue around each edge to adhere them together permanently.

Step 9: Reinforce Joints with Reinforcement Bars.

Using the drill and bits, add reinforcement bars to each joint for extra support. This will help ensure that the frame remains sturdy even after constant use. It’s important to make sure that each bar is properly secured before moving on to the next step. Be sure to use the proper screws or nails and drill bit sizes in order to ensure that they are all secure.

Step 10: Attach the Supports to the Frame.

Once all of the frame pieces have been connected and reinforced, you’ll need to attach two saw horses or other supports to the backside of your mirror in order to hold it up. Be sure that they are securely attached with screws or nails so that your mirror won’t topple over easily once placed upright.

Be Sure That They Are Securely Attached

Step 11: Place Mirror Upright and Secure It In Place.

Once both supports have been attached, carefully stand your mirror upright on a flat surface and adjust it until it is properly balanced. Secure the mirror in place using nails or screws to ensure that it will stay stable while standing upright. It’s also a good idea to place some padding beneath the mirror in order to protect your floor from scratches.

Step 12: Enjoy Your New Standing Mirror!

Your beautiful new standing mirror is now ready for use – Congratulations on a job well done! Now you can proudly display your homemade masterpiece and enjoy its practical benefits, as well as its aesthetic value. Remember to clean the mirror regularly in order to keep it looking its best. With a little creativity and patience, anyone can learn how to make a standing mirror.

Making a standing mirror may seem like a daunting task at first, but with these step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to create your own one-of-a-kind furnishing with ease! Enjoy your new creation and have fun showing off your DIY skills to all of your friends and family.

Do You Need to Use Professionals?

If you feel like you aren’t up to the task of making a standing mirror on your own, there are plenty of professionals who specialize in this type of work. They will be able to help you choose the right materials and tools, as well as provide helpful advice throughout the entire process. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a professional, learning how to make a standing mirror is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of making a standing mirror will depend on the materials and tools you choose to use. In most cases, the total cost should be around $50-100. This includes the cost of wood, sandpaper, screws, and other supplies that are needed in order to complete your project.

If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of ways to save money by using recycled materials or secondhand supplies. With a little determination and creativity, you can make a beautiful standing mirror without breaking the bank.

Make a Beautiful Standing Mirror Without Breaking the Bank

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I Need Special Tools in Order to Make a Standing Mirror? 

A: Yes, you will need some basic tools such as a jigsaw, drill, screwdriver and nails. You may also need other items depending on the type of mirror you’re making.

Q: What Type of Paint or Stain Is Recommended for Making a Standing Mirror? 

A: It depends on your preferences, but some common finishes include acrylic paint in a matte finish, water-based polyurethane, and stains such as walnut or mahogany.

Include Acrylic Paint in a Matte Finish

Q: Can I Make a Standing Mirror Out of Other Materials? 

A: Yes, you can make a standing mirror out of virtually any material that is sturdy enough to carry the weight of the mirror. Some common materials include wood, metal, and even plastic.

Q: Is Making a Standing Mirror Difficult? 

A: No, it doesn’t have to be difficult at all! With the right instructions and tools, anyone can learn how to make a standing mirror in just a few steps.


Thanks for reading this article about how to make a standing mirror. Making a standing mirror can be an enjoyable and creative DIY project. No matter which type of materials you opt to use, the end result can help make your space feel more elegant and modern.

Don’t forget to take the time to consider your options carefully so that you choose the right ones for your own style. Once you have decided on a design, it’s up to you how sophisticated or simple you want the finished product to look!

Take the time to admire your work after completion and enjoy having a beautiful new décor addition in your home, one that will be sure to be a conversation starter among family, friends and guests alike!

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Adrian Green

Adrian has been interested in woodworking since he was a child. His father had a woodworking shop, and Adrian would help him out and learn from him. He gained basic carpentry knowledge as well as an understanding of how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others. So he started this blog to spread his passion and knowledge to those interested in DIY wood-working projects. He knows that with a little guidance and practice, anyone can create beautiful pieces of furniture or décor from scratch.

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