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DIY: An Etched Mirror

I've been reflecting on this Budget Living Etched Mirror DIY project that I saw on A Room Somewhere, and I think you can really make a statement with it, or just something pretty to match your reflection. I like the silhouette idea, but the one shown is a little amateur. A bit more detail would up the intrigue. Personally, I'd like to do an ornate frame shape. What shape would you make?


To learn the steps,

Here's how:

  1. Cut the piece of Con-tact paper into your desired shape.
  2. Remove the paper's backing, and center on the mirror.
  3. Press the paper down firmly and smoothly, and make sure there are no air bubbles.
  4. Make sure the room is well-ventilated.
  5. Brush a thick layer of the etching cream onto the exposed areas, using broad, even strokes.
  6. Let it set for 5 minutes.
  7. Rinse off the cream with tap water.
  8. Remove the paper, and voilà!


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debdebx3 debdebx3 9 years
Thats really cool.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Love it! Let's have more budget friendly projects!!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
cute idea!
emo_stacer emo_stacer 9 years
if anyone tries this please post a picture of your finished product...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Neat project! One day, when I have time, I might give it a try!
mletrav mletrav 9 years
Whoops! The silhouette clock I bookmarked a while ago, (from EQ3,) was a fancy, "gingerbread" shelf style clock. I just bookmarked a silhouette cuckoo clock, (from Anthropologie.)
mletrav mletrav 9 years
I think I'd make the silhouette of a cuckoo-clock, (kind of like one I bookmarked a while back,) and then I'd drill a small hole in the middle to insert clock hands! I don't know if I'd put the actual face in the center of the clock, or off to the side, so the mirror could be more usable.
murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 9 years
LOL holysnap!! I'd do a full length mirror with a fashion plate-esque silhouette of a woman. As long as my tippy toes are safe....
holysnap holysnap 9 years
I think it's spooky, I heard these kinds of mirrors turn real in the middle of the night and try and cut your toes off!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love this!!
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
What a cool idea, and its pretty easy! I might try this for some Christmas presents!
emalove emalove 9 years
Looks great!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I love that you can etch a mirror all by yourself. The DIY is a nice feature!
sgdish sgdish 9 years
What a fun craft and decorating idea! Thanks, Casa!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
This is perfect timing. We have these glass blocks going into our downstairs bathroom from the outside and I want to etch something on them so you just can't see inside. Thanks!!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Oh. In my excitement that I'd want to do something organic. Leaves, flowes, branches, that sort of thing.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Gasp. I want to do this. It's awesome! Where can you get mirrors for not a lot of money?
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
Hah, this was actually one of the projects in my high school art class freshman year. I'd totally forgotten about it, but now that I'm reminded, it really was super easy. And I think now I'd be capable of a more intricate design, as stated. Hmm. This is a good idea...
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