With these instructions, you can upgrade your existing mirror to a more ornate custom frame! In this tutorial I will walk you through the basic steps of building your own frame. It’s important to note that before beginning any framing project, it is best to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for safety and assembly purposes. This includes proper handling and usage of the equipment. Before beginning the project, there are several things to consider. How big do you want your frame? What kind of material will be used for it? How long will it take? With a plan in hand, you’re ready to get started.
You will need the following supplies:
- saw (to cut the wood)
- hammer (to drive nails in place)
What You Will Need
- Screws (or nails and a hammer if you are reusing the mirror)
- Saw (if you’re cutting down your own wood)
- Drill (to drill holes for mounting screws or to attach a hanging hook)
Decide on a location to hang mirror
Once you’ve chosen a location for your mirror to hang, you’ll need to decide on the size of your frame. The general rule of thumb is that the frame should be one third as wide as the mirror; however, this can be modified if necessary. If your chosen location is particularly small or narrow, it may be more appropriate to make the frame larger than one third of the width of your mirror.
The next step in building a frame around a mirror is determining what materials will be used. It’s important that whatever material you choose will not rust or corrode if it gets wet or exposed to sunlight over time—this means avoiding traditional iron or steel materials like old nails and screws! For example: copper pipes can easily corrode when exposed long enough; meanwhile aluminum tubing isn’t prone at all (but may dent). Although these are both relatively inexpensive options compared with some others out there on today’s market—they might not hold up nearly as well when put under pressure from constant use over time (especially considering how hard those pipes bang against each other during daytime hours).
One way around this problem might be using wooden dowels instead,” continued
Remove any backing and glue if you’d like to reuse the mirror.
If you’d like to reuse the mirror, remove any backing and glue by gently prying it off with a flathead screwdriver. This step is optional if you do not want to reuse the actual mirror.
If you want to hang your new frame, measure up from each corner of your frame about an inch more than the width of your mirror (for example: if your frame is 12″x12″, measure 13″ from each corner). Mark these points so that when you install them in place, they will be centered on studs within your drywall or plaster walls. If there are no studs within reach of those marks in either direction (usually 3-4 feet), then use drywall anchors instead. Drywall anchors come in small plastic boxes with metal screws inside them; these screws have sharp tips on either end so that when pushed through drywall or plasterboard their tips will grip onto whatever material they hit first before twisting sideways into place holding themselves tightly against that surface while pulling firmly against whatever you’re hanging onto them with—usually another screw or nail driven into a nearby stud! You may need help holding things while being careful not to damage anything while driving something through them though! If this sounds complicated just ask someone…they’ll probably know what I mean.”
Locate the studs
- You can locate the studs in your wall by using a stud finder, hammering a nail into the wall, or asking someone to poke around with their finger (an unorthodox method).
- If you don’t have access to any of these tools, you can use a piece of string instead! Simply tie one end around the screwdriver and hold onto the other end when you hammer it into the spot where you suspect there may be a stud (don’t worry—you won’t make any holes). If there’s no hole in that particular spot but there is one behind it (and once again we’re assuming here), then move on to step 3 below; if not, try another location for your frame placement! Otherwise start over at Step 1 above with different measurements until you reach success.
Assemble the frame
Attach the frame to the mirror.
Attach the mirror to the frame.
Attach the frame to your wall.
Attach your wall to your frame.
Attach your wall to all of its neighbors, or at least as many as you can reach, for good luck and solidarity with other walls around the world in their struggle against oppressive forces who would seek to undermine them and their ability to stand strong under pressure from both above and below
With these instructions and pieces, you can make any kind of mirror you like
You can make this frame in any size. It could be a small mirror, such as one that would hang in the bathroom or above a desk or dresser, or it could be a large piece of art for your living room.
You can use any kind of wood you’d like for the project. I used poplar because I had some left over from another project, but pine would work just as well if you’re looking for something inexpensive. If you prefer to spend more money on your wood and want something with better quality, oak is always a good option (and looks great stained).
You can use any kind of finish on your frame—from clear polyurethane (a water-based sealant) to oil finishes rubbed into it by hand—or even stain it before assembly
You’ll need some hardware—screws or nails—to secure the mirror onto its mount; these are easily available at most home improvement stores near where you live or online if they don’t have them locally.
By following these steps, you will have a great looking mirror any time of year. You can choose whatever style and size of frame that suits your personality, home decor or unique tastes. If you are unsure about how to install the frame once it is built, there is an easy solution: hire a professional.