Discover how easy it is to make DIY Mirror Frame for a floor length mirror. Whether you have an old mirror or buy one of those chep-o kind, adding a frame will make a statement. 

DIY Mirror Frame Tutorial

This frameless mirror was a freebie from a friend of mine who was moving and did not want to take it with her. It was actually double the width and I had it cut down the middle at this glass shop in town, which gave me two nice and long pieces to work with. The second piece is still frameless. Someday I will get to it…

Now that I have shown you the end result, let’s start from the beginning:

DIY Mirror Frame Tutorial

This is what the mirror looked like once I had it cut. It was a good size for a leaning mirror–all it needed was a nice thick frame!
DIY Mirror Frame Tutorial

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DIY Mirror Frame Tutorial- Materials

The Cuts

I knew that I did not want to finish the corners at a 45 degree angle, which simplified my project even more since I did not own any tools back when I did this. My wood planks were about 7 inches wide. So….this is probably the best way to tell you how I figured out the length of my four pieces:

Horizontal piece: width of the mirror + (width of wood X 2) – 1/2 inch.  So, if your mirror’s width is 20 inches and your wood planks are 7 inches wide, then your horizontal piece will be 20 inches + 14 inches -1/2 inch = 33.5 inches. You will need to cut two of these.

Vertical piece: Length of mirror – 1/2 inch. So, if your length is 60 inches, then your vertical piece will be 59.5 inches. You will need to cut two of these.

Note: Remember that these wood pieces will be sitting on top of the mirror. The -1/2 inch measurement is the distance from the mirror edge that will be behind the mirror, which when split by half will give you a 1/4 inch distance all around that will sit behind the frame. If you think that is not enough, you may increase this measurement to -3/4 inch or even up to 1 inch. I just wanted as much of the mirror to show once the frame was attached.

DIY Mirror Frame Tutorial

Once I had my four pieces cut, I actually used glue and a staple gun (Can you see the staples?) to attach them. A kreg jig would have been phenomenal for this project, but I made it work without one. Yay! I added glue to where the sides join together, and then I stapled the joints to keep them together while drying. I followed a similar process when I framed my bathroom mirrors and it worked like a charm!

Because this is a heavy mirror, I left it as a resting mirror instead of hanging it on the wall. Since it is never moved or handled for any reason, the staples and the wood glue worked perfectly fine.

DIY Mirror Frame Tutorial

Once your frame is fully dried, you may give it a quick sanding and then stain it. I used dark walnut wood stain . Now the fun part–lay the frame right side down, and lay the mirror on top facing down, just like the picture shows. The tricky part about this was making sure that the 1/4 inch distance I accounted for to sit on the frame was evenly spaced all the way around. Once I did that, I went ahead and attached these awesome mirror clips. To know what size clip to get, you need to measure the thickness of your mirror. These are to hold a 1/4 inch thick mirror, but they also have some that are 1/8 inch for thinner mirrors. I used 8 of them, two on each corner.

DIY Mirror Frame Tutorial

I think this mirror looks best when it is just leaning, instead of hanging it like a traditional mirror. You may also distress the edges of the frame a bit with sand paper if you want it to have a more rustic and worn look.

DIY Mirror Frame Tutorial

So….that’s it. Do you have a frameless mirror laying around somewhere that could use a frame? Go for it, it is not as hard as you may think. Let me know if you have any other questions about this project!

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Beautiful! I will keep my eyes open for a mirror, would love to have a large leaning piece like yours. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    1. Janice

      Thanks for stopping by, Kimm!

    2. Beverly

      You can always try buying an inexpensive one from Walmart, removing the plastic frame, and adding the wooden planks. It wouldn’t be as large but it would be just as pretty. Thanks for your comment, Kimm!

  2. Emily Cathrine

    How would you recommend hanging the mirror? I have a large mirror that I plan to frame, possibly using your method here! And I want to hang it over my couch. Is this sturdy enough to hang or just for a leaning mirror?

    1. Janice

      Hi Emily!
      I would not recommend hanging the mirror on the wall if you make the frame with staples. If you plans to hang it I would put the frame together with pocket holes and screws and drill key holes on the back and hang with screws making sure you hit the studs. I hope this helps!!

  3. Ivory

    Fabulous job. Here goes another gorgeous project I hope to do, and have a beautiful outcome to.

    1. Janice

      Thanks a lot! Good luck on your project!

  4. Karinna

    What kind of wood did you use? Came out beautiful

    1. Beverly Hayes

      I used pine! I made sure the pieces I selected were straight with not a ton of knots.

  5. Melanie

    Beautiful!!! Thank you for the explicit directions! I have two mirrors I can’t wait to frame!!!

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