How to stencil a mirror and three lessons learned

This is a guide on how to stencil a mirror. You don’t see mirror stencils very often. I wondered if it could be done and if so, was there a reason why people aren’t making them?

For this experiment, I stencilled two mirrors. The first was a £1 charity shop mirror to test my idea out on. So, there wasn’t much lost if it failed.

The second mirror was left by the previous owners of my house, so was even more of a bargain. But it was a good quality Dunelm mirror.

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Final photo of charity shop mirror with hey good looking stencil

The stencil

I used plastic sheets, to make my stencil. If using a cutting machine like a Cricut, the design needs a transparent background so it knows what to cut out.

It’s also possible to make a stencil without a fancy gadget, by simply tracing a picture and cutting it with a sharp knife or scissors.

If you’re a fan of stencil projects, check out my others here!

Supplies

Once you have your stencil, you will need spray adhesive, frosted glass spray and nail polish remover.

Spray adhesive. This lets you temporarily secure the stencil to the mirror. Without it, the plastic is likely to move with the force of the glass spray and get underneath the stencil.

Frosted glass spray. This is what creates the stencil. Spray two or three coats and let it dry in between.

Nail polish remover. After removing the plastic stencil, you can clean up any overspray with nail polish remover and a cloth. 

Lesson 1

The first lesson learned, each element of the stencil needs to stay attached to the main piece. Meaning those holes on the inside of ‘e’, ‘o’ and ‘g’.

To solve this I created a gap in each complicated letter, so the stencil stays in one piece.

In ‘Hey, good looking’, the loop of the ‘g’ was originally connected. If I hadn’t created a gap, the hole in the loop would have separated from the stencil and the ‘g’ wouldn’t have stencilled properly.

Stencil design of hey good looking

Have a look at the beautiful cherry blossom stencil.

Lesson 2

Any font that doesn’t have crisp edges, will just make it look like you’ve done a poor job of stencilling.

Photo of the mirror mirror stencil with no dot above the i

Lesson 3

Use the frosted glass spray with the mirror upright. If the mirror is on the ground, the spray is likely to drip onto it and ruin the stencil.

Will it last?

Once dry, you can clean the finished mirror like normal and the stencil won’t be affected.

But it can still be scratched off!

And use nail polish remover to get rid of it completely if you want to start again or change the design.

Speaking of long-lasting, I couldn’t believe what happened to my first ever stencilled project!

Is it worth it?

So why don’t many people stencil mirrors? Well, you can get the same effect with much less effort using a transfer.

You’re also covering some of the mirror, making it less useful for its actual purpose, which is probably why you bought it in the first place. 

Photo of finished mirror

But, if that doesn’t put you off, why not create a positive phrase to look at when you kick start your day?

For a little effort, you have the option of having a mirror with some charm, a little quirkiness and endless possibilities.

What would you stencil on a mirror? Leave a comment and let me know.


If you liked this post, you might also enjoy reading this IKEA mirror DIY.

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