How to Create a Modern + Feminine Mirror

I don’t know about you, but doilies are one of my craft staples. I swear I can weasel them in to almost any project.

Case in point: today’s tutorial for how to make a modern (but feminine) frosted glass doily mirror. It’s pretty easy and makes for a great weekend warrior project. Make your own…

What do I need? Materials… Mirror (framed or unframed), paper doily, frosted glass finish spray, double-sided tape

How do I make it?

Steps… 1. Clean mirror with soap and water to remove any debris or dirt, and let dry.

2. Choose a paper doily that works for the size mirror you have. My doily is about a third of the size of mirror. On the backside of the doily, place double sided tape all over. You will want to overload it with tape so that you can stop the spray from going into areas you don’t want it to be. But you also want to be sure not to put tape over any areas that are suppose to be “open” in the doily. Then turn over and secure to the mirror anywhere you wish. Remember: The area you put the doily, will be the only spot in the mirror you will actually be able to see a reflection when we are done.

3. Place mirror down on flat surface. Shake frosted glass spray according to directions and then spray 7-12 inches away from the mirror in even, sweeping strokes. Thin layers are the best way to go about this to avoid drips and other inaccuracies. Wait for each coat to dry (about 15-10 minutes) before applying the next coat. My mirror took four coats.

4. After the last layer is completely dry, gently remove the paper doily and double-sided tape from mirror. Clean with damp cloth and you are ready to hang.

Looking for more ideas for quick weekend projects? Click here to visit the tutorials page filled with more than 25 easy diys.

43 comments | Click here to reply

totally going to have to try this…

Susan Petersen | February 2nd, 2010 at 2:39 pm

What a beautiful project! I love this.

Tammy | February 2nd, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Thanks so much Susan and Tammy. Glad you like it.

papernstitch | February 2nd, 2010 at 2:59 pm

This is the best yet that you’ve posted! What a cool idea, and so easy. It could work in so many environments. And you KNOW I love a good mirror. =)

Shanon | February 2nd, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I love the display you created with the mirror – the yellow flowers really pop against the white mirror!

Piper aka one sydney road | February 2nd, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I love it and the best part…not a whole lot of materials or instructions!

Joanna | February 2nd, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Thank you so much Shannon. 🙂 Yes, I know how much you love mirrors. The mirror I used actually reminds me of one of the mirrors you have photographed before…forget what else was in that photograph (but i love it).

papernstitch | February 2nd, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I LOVE this! So simple with GORGEOUS results. You’re so clever.

sloeginfizz | February 2nd, 2010 at 4:48 pm


Shanon | February 2nd, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I love this idea!

lovesfool | February 2nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Love it! It’s on my list of things to try!

evie | February 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 pm

How easy to DIY! It’s darling.

Jeanee | February 3rd, 2010 at 2:40 am

wow. that is one great idea!! thanx for sharing!

lou | February 3rd, 2010 at 4:40 am

ohh- where is that cute little vase from ? <3

jo | February 4th, 2010 at 4:16 am


Miss B. | February 4th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Fantastic!! I will definitely make one of these. thanks for the great idea!

Erin | February 10th, 2010 at 11:43 am

I have a whole new respect for doilies. Thanks for sharing!

Amanda | February 10th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Great idea! You’d want to check your paper doily beforehand, to be sure it doesn’t have any “hanging chads” obstructing the punched-out design. I could see this working really well using colored spray paint, too, and with overlapped and/or off-center doilies.

Also, the phrase is “case in point”. 🙂

Sabra | February 10th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

i love this! i didn’t know that there was spray glass etching stuff. very cool. i can’t wait to try this!!

Soraia | February 11th, 2010 at 3:44 am

Hey, followed this project from d*s. Thanks for a great idea; i have some old blue frosted glass paint lying around, so I’ll try this for sure! Have also subscribed and looking forward to your future posts. Cheers!

Kitschcrazy | February 11th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

So have to try this!!!

Mike T. | February 11th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Adorei, muito criatico, maravilhoso!!!

Dani Grossi | February 12th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Simply cute!

Phares Causey | February 23rd, 2010 at 5:08 pm

This is so pretty! I know many people who would LOVE this as a gift. Thanks for the cool idea! I’m going to make this a future post (credited to you of course :D).

actsofflair | February 24th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

thanks everyone!

papernstitch | February 24th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I tried this! I’m posting about it on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for the tutorial!

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Anna | March 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Thanks so much Anna for the shout out in your recent roundup. Love the other mirror projects you included as well. 🙂

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