Do It Yourself-How To Make A Ceramic Tile Mirror

You can create an easy, inexpensive, and unique mirror. All you need is ceramic tile pieces, a wooden or plastic mirror, a hammer, adhesive, and an old towel.

Many times homeowners love to decorate their homes with unique objects, but often, they don't want to spend any extra money to buy these extraordinary things. How many times have you visited an arts and crafts fair or festival, marveled at all of the wonderful arts and crafts for sale, and wished you had the time or talent to create something just as different and unique?

Ceramic tile pieces are becoming more popular. You don't have to be an experienced tile mason, however, to create a beautiful tile mirror. All the materials that you need include a mirror, tiles, all-purpose adhesive, old towel, and a hammer.

Take a look around your house. Do you have an old mirror that is framed in wood or plastic? Maybe you've stuck it away in a closet, attic, or basement. Just about any mirror will work. If you don't have a mirror at home, you can visit a discount dollar store and purchase one. The size of your mirror is basically up to you. You might want to consider the size of the space that the mirror will occupy.

Next, you will need to purchase ceramic tile. Again, what type and color of tile you choose is strictly based on personal preference. You can decorate your mirror using only one tile color or pick several colors. You will probably want to consider the color and d├ęcor of the room you will place the mirror in. Pay attention to the wall color and flooring. Try to pick colors that compliment each other.

If you really want to save some money, you can visit a tile supply store. Many times these stores will have chipped and broken pieces of tiles that they will sell at a deeply discounted price. The amount of tile you need depends on the size of the mirror you will be decorating. You will want to buy enough tile so that you have plenty of extra. Measure your mirror, and count how many pieces of whole tile will cover its outer edge. You will probably want to buy triple that number of tile.

Take your tile pieces and lay them on an old, thick towel, making sure that part of the towel or another towel is also covering the top of the tiles. You will need to do this on a flat surface, preferably outside. Because you will be hammering the tiles, you don't want to do this on good flooring or on a good table, as you might damage them. Proceed to hammer the tile.

You will need to decide whether you prefer larger tile pieces or smaller ones. Hammer a few pieces, and then lay them around the edges of your mirror to get an idea of what you like. If you want your pieces to be smaller, then you will need to cover them back up and hammer them again.

Once you have hammered a sufficient amount of tile pieces, you are ready to apply the tiles to your mirror's frame. Your adhesive should consist of a quick drying, thick, goopy substance. Make sure the adhesive is suitable for ceramic, wood, plastic, etc.

You will need to keep the mirror flat as you work. Working around the mirror's frame, glue your tile pieces one at a time, forming one layer all the way around. Don't worry if there are gaps between the pieces. As you continue to layer the tiles, the gaps will be covered up. Once you have laid the first layer, you can now add another layer, covering up the gaps as you go. Be sure your pieces jut out from the edge of the frame to cover up any wood or plastic that might show once your mirror is hung. You will probably want to do at least three layers to be certain you've covered all of the gaps and hidden the mirror's frame.

Since this piece will be abstract, you can create any pattern you want out of the tiles. The key to decorating a tile mirror is to keep it unique. No two mirrors should look the same.

Let your mirror dry for at least twenty-four hours. Since the mirror will be quite heavy, be sure and hang it on a sturdy nail. Once you have hung your mirror, step back and enjoy your new, unique creation!

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