Wooden Frame Mirror
With a piece of birch plywood and a few tools, you can turn a simple, small mirror into an attractive wall hanging that adds a decorative touch to any room.
Using a pattern template, a shape is cut in the plywood where the mirror will show through. The mirror is set in an ordinary picture frame, and the plywood is attached to the top of the frame.
- Wooden Frame Mirror Template
- Birch plywood
- Safety goggles
- 120-grit sandpaper
- Flat-faced picture frame
- Emery board
- Wood filler (optional)
- Wood glue
- Spring clamps
- Picture-hanging kit
- Picture-hanging kit
Choose a pattern from a clip-art book, or use our template (below). Enlarge it to the desired size using a photocopier. Cut out the pattern along the outside line. Place the pattern onto the plywood, and trace the design onto the plywood with a pencil.
To cut the shape, drill a hole in the wood inside the tracing lines of the design. Wearing your safety goggles and using a jigsaw with a fine blade (Martha used a 10-TPI blade, which has 10 teeth per inch), cut away a rough hole in the middle of the plywood so cutting the wood along the tracing lines will be easier. If you don't have a jigsaw, you can purchase a precut piece of wood.
Cut along the tracing line, making sure the cuts are smooth and accurate.
Using 120-grit sandpaper, sand the face of the original frame to smooth over rough spots, and open the wood pores, which will help create a strong bond between the glue and wood.
Using 120-grit sandpaper, sand the piece of plywood. For the harder-to-reach spots on the inside, try an emery board. Remove all the excess dust. If you've cut away more than you wanted to, try using wood filler in the excess space.
Prime and paint the frame and cutout piece of wood. Because some of the back side of the cutout piece will be visible in the mirror’s reflection, paint it with a color that matches the decor of the room where the mirror will be hung.
Apply a generous coat of wood glue onto the face of the original frame, and place the cutout piece into position. Clamp the frame and the cutout together, or weight it down with telephone books.
Finally, attach eye hooks and wire to the back of the mirror. Hang it in the room of your choice.