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Mummy Mirrors

A mummified mirror adorned with plastic bones adds a fun and frightful touch to Halloween decor.


  • For the One-Way Mummy Mirror: Lightweight cotton muslin (about one yard for an average-sized frame)

  • Water

  • Coffee

  • Black liquid acrylic paint

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Large bowl or bucket

  • Scissors

  • Picture frame

  • Thumbtacks

  • Assortment of plastic bones

  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

  • Assortment of plastic bugs

  • Small spray bottle

  • For the Two-Way Mummy Mirror: Mirror glass

  • Black contact paper

  • Brayer or squeegee

  • Chalk

  • Craft knife

  • Two or three large sheets of 3/16-inch black foam core

  • Low- or dual-temperature hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks

  • Black gaffer's tape

  • Fluorescent light fixture and bulb to fit within bottom of frame

  • Scary item (Such as a skull, spider, or jack-o'-lantern)


  1. Prewash muslin. Mix dye -- 2 cups water, 2 cups coffee, and 1/4 teaspoon black paint -- in a large bowl. Submerge muslin in dye for 10 seconds; wring thoroughly. Allow muslin to air-dry (if line-drying indoors, protect floor beneath with paper towels).

  2. Notch muslin with scissors every 2 inches along one side. Tear at each notch to create 2-inch strips.

  3. Remove any glass or backing from frame. Wrap frame with strips of dyed muslin, securing ends of strips to back of frame with thumbtacks.

  4. Arrange plastic bones over muslin on frame. Secure in place with a hot-glue gun.

  5. Wrap frame again, in opposite direction, with a second layer of muslin strips. Cross strips over bones, leaving them mostly exposed.

  6. Hot-glue plastic bugs to frame. Use a spray bottle to spray frame with coffee mixture.

  7. Have a professional glass-cutter cut mirror glass to the correct size for the frame. Adhere black contact paper to the entire nonreflective side of the mirror, and smooth with brayer or squeegee.

  8. Draw an oval onto contact paper with chalk. Cut away inside of oval with a craft knife. Secure glass in mummy frame with reflective side facing out.

  9. Cut 5 pieces of foam core (a back piece and four sides) to make a shadow box that is the size of the frame and 5 inches deep. To construct box, run a fine bead of low-temperature hot glue along one face edge of the back piece of foam core, and hold the corresponding side piece in place at a right angle until glue has cooled. Repeat this step for all 4 sides. Run black gaffer's tape along the outside of all corner edges for added support.

  10. Attach a fluorescent light to bottom of shadow box with Velcro. Cut a hole in the side of the box and run cord through hole.

  11. Glue a scary item to the back of the shadow box (we shaved an inch or two from the back of a plastic skull with a saw to make it flat, then hot-glued in place).

  12. Adhere shadow box to back of frame with black gaffer's tape.

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