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Fun House Mirrors How-To

Martha Stewart Living, October 2012

Offer a distorted view of reality: Gently curve a couple of inexpensive mirrors (concave for a skinny look, convex for a fat one), and secure them to foam board.

Tools and Materials

Drill fitted with 1/16-inch bit
Flexible full-length mirrors
Six 1 1/8-inch screw eyes (2 for skinny mirror, 4 for fat)
Hot-glue gun
Six 1 1/2-inch wooden blocks
1/2-inch-thick black foam board, cut to size of mirror
T pin
26-gauge wire
Safety tape (optional)

  1. Drill small holes into back of frames, about 1/4 inch deep, in the spots indicated for each type of mirror. Insert screw eyes into holes.
  2. Apply glue to blocks; place on back of mirror and foam board in spots indicated.
  3. Use T pin to make 2 holes in foam board, about 1/4 inch apart, in the spots that correspond to placement of screw eyes in mirror. To attach foam board to mirror frame, thread wire through screw eye and then through holes in foam board, tying ends together.
  4. Apply safety tape to inner frame of mirror.

Black-framed mirror, 13 1/2" by 49 1/2", $6, Medium screw eyes, 1 1/8" (#112-1), $2 each, Wooden square blocks, 1 1/2", $4.50 for 10, Foam board, 1/2", $44.50 for a 40" by 60" sheet,

Comments (2)

  • jacsmama 17 Dec, 2014

    A little late but...Fat mirror has 4 screw eyes in each corner 2 wooden blocks in the centre close to edge between foam board & mirror, skinny mirror has 4 wooden blocks in each corner & screw eyes in centre of mirror.

  • mrsbonin2011 14 Sep, 2013

    The directions say to place the blocks in the spots indicated but I don't see anywhere that "indicates" where the blocks should go. Out of the 2 photos provided, it shows a boy standing in front of them and a back view of the wire and foam board being attached to the back of the mirror. I still have time until Halloween to do this so please help! Thanks so much!