Etched Mirror Hack: How to Make a Frosted Mirror in Minutes

An etched mirror like this one is within reach with just a few supplies. It’s so easy to recreate this frosted mirror DIY (even if you’ve never DIYed anything before).

Frosted glass doily mirror DIY idea, resting on a wood dresser with flowers

If you like the look of etched mirrors, but don’t have the budget for one  right now, or you just want to create something custom for your home, try this mirror DIY!

With just a few supplies, you can create an etched mirror / frosted mirror in no time. Honestly, this project only has four materials (including the mirror)!

P.S. Even if you’re not a fan of the doily design that I created, there’s still something to learn here. This frosted mirror technique can be used to create tons of interesting and unique designs. Click through to see what I mean.

Make an Etched Mirror in Minutes

Get the look of an etched mirror in minutes, without having to use heavy, expensive, and sometimes toxic creams.

I opted for a frosted glass spray paint that provides the same look, but takes way less time AND is more affordable.

Materials needed to make a frosted glass doily mirror

Materials Needed for Frosted Glass Mirror

Tutorial sharing how to make a frosted glass doily mirror. It's so easy!

How to Make a Frosted Glass Mirror

1. Start my cleaning the 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.

Learn how to make a frosted glass mirror with a doily design pattern. Frosted glass mirror with a doily design pattern, sitting on a walnut dresser.

Learn how to make a frosted glass mirror with a doily design pattern.  DIY Idea! Learn how to make a frosted glass mirror with a doily design pattern.

Now that you’ve seen how to make a frosted glass doily mirror, maybe you’d like to check out some more DIY mirror ideas? This one below is my current favorite…

How to Make a Frosted Glass Mirror

Get the look of an etched mirror in minutes, without having to use heavy, expensive, and sometimes toxic creams.
I opted for a frosted glass spray paint that provides the same look, but takes way less time AND is more affordable.
Total Time1 hr
Keyword: diy, doily, frosted glass, frosted glass mirror, home decor, mirror

Ingredients

  • round mirror framed or unframed
  • paper doily
  • frosted glass mirror spray
  • double-sided tape

Instructions

  • Start my cleaning the mirror with soap and water to remove any debris or dirt, and let dry.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tried this recipe?Mention @paperandstitch or tag #paperandstitch!

Removing tape after color blocking a mirror with special paint. Hanging colorful mirrors that are color blocked using a special paint and a simple DIY technique.

Looking for more colorful inspiration? Check out my color blocked DIY mirror idea that uses transparent glass paints to create unique mirrors with tons of personality. Customize your mirror to any color you can imagine!

45 comments | Click here to reply

Just so you know, shelterness.com has stolen all your photos and summarized your tutorial here:

http://www.shelterness.com/diy-frosted-glass-doily-mirror/

Asia Citro

I can’t wait to try this for tablescape mirrors.

Mary Beth

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Pretty and creative. Mirrors are mostly functional. This one makes you take a second look.

Angel Jewelry

absolutely lovee it…thanx so much for sharing..have got to get me some doilies and a fun mirror !! :o)

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It’s a fantastic idea!!!!!

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

papernstitch

Hi, love your mirror, thanks for the tutorial. Wanted to let you know I featured it on my blog, seemommymake.blogspot.com.

Thanks!!

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

Taylor

thanks everyone!

papernstitch

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

Simply cute!

Phares Causey

Adorei, muito criatico, maravilhoso!!!

Dani Grossi

So have to try this!!!

Mike T.
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