How to Make Hand Mirrors

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Hand mirrors are fun to make and give as special gifts. A beautifully embellished hand mirror can provide an interesting touch to a dressing table. A crafter can create a dozen hand mirrors, and each can look unique. Typically a hand mirror includes a handle with a circular or rectangular mirror at the top.

Things You'll Need

  • Small mirror
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper strips
  • Strips of paper towels
  • Bowl of liquid starch
  • Acrylic paint
  • Vanish
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Embellishments
  • Draw the outline of a hand mirror onto a piece of cardboard. Use a hand mirror as a template if you must.

  • Cut out the cardboard drawing.

  • Papier-mâché the cardboard cutout. Dip a strip of newspaper into the starch, wiping off the excess, and wrap the strip around the cardboard. Add additional "padding" to the handle.

  • Apply a final layer of papier-mâché using strips of paper towel. Shape the hand mirror, and don't be afraid to mold the wet surface to create the desired shape.

  • Allow to dry completely.

  • Paint the hand mirror. After it dries, add a coat of varnish. Before and after varnishing, embellishments can be added.

  • Glue the actual mirror onto the piece. Allow it to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tear, not cut, the strips of paper.

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