DIY Mosaic Mirror

With Spring well and truly in full swing it seems like the perfect weather and time to start some DIY projects for around the house. To kick off Estatespace’s DIY projects, we have started with a mosaic tile mirror that can be style through any room in the house or styled outdoors for that inviting feel.

mirror and plants

Creating your own DIY mosaic mirror isn’t complicated, and you can create it to any size! Mini mirrors are a great addition to the outside of your home, or go large and place on the table in your little nook. These are the steps I took: 

Find out the size of the mirror you want.

If you want to hang it on the wall or place it on a surface, make sure you measure an appropriate size that suits the space. This size range may be limited to the mirrors available to you, SO do your research on providers that can meet your size requirements. For our creation, we had a 40cm X 50cm size range, with our chosen mirror from Kmart measuring 30cm X 40cm, leaving a boarder of 5cm on each side for the tilling. If you are doing a larger mirror, try to leave more room on the sides for a more attractive look. After you figure out the size it’s time to take a trip to Bunnings or your local hardware store.

Selecting your base.

If you are hanging your mirror on a wall or are making a larger mirror, it is best to choose a wooden backing with a thicker width, if simply styling your mirror on a surface or making a small or medium sized mirror, a thinner width will suit the need. We used CustomWood from Bunnings, in the medium density fibreboard with a 3mm width. Bunnings will usually cut the boards to size for free, leaving you with spare wood for your next project. 

mirror on base

Colour of tiles.

We were lucky enough that Bunnings stocked a range of coloured tiles to suit our scheme. The Mandala Art brand had a range of colours which we were able to mix and match to create our blush & lavender palate. If Bunnings don’t have your desired colours, head to your local art and craft store to see their range.

When purchasing your tiles, check the labels to see the area range the included tiles will cover, this will give you an idea on how many packs to buy to fill your border area. Try some colour in your tiles for inside the home or earthy tones to suit outdoors.

We chose an adhesive from the same brand as the tiles, to ensure the tiles stuck to the base with maximum hold. While you’re there make sure you pick up some sanitised grout. We went with Davco’s brand and chose the colour "white". You can choose from a range of colours to suit your style and tile colour choice. 

Gluing to the base.

Set up a space outside, over an old towel or plastic sheeting that you can sit on comfortably, this part is the most time consuming. So, we recommend putting on some tunes and having a cold drink with you. Place the mirror in the middle of your board and trace the corners with a pencil, this is where you will glue your mirror. Use the adhesive in a criss cross formation all over the backing and carefully place within your tracing and press down just enough to have the mirror firmly down.

Although it takes double the time, the next part does give better results…So place all your tiles around the remaining board area and start to style the tiles to sit in straight or a structured way in which you want our design to take place. Once you have done this then you can start to glue each piece down one by one. Pump the tunes or catch up on Netflix while you do this.

Colour tiles on wooden base unfinished

The messy grout.

You will need a sponge, a mixing container (we used a take-away container with a deeper dish) and some tape (masking tape would be ideal) for this next part. To protect the mirror from the grout or scratching, use the tape and line the boarders of the mirror.

It’s time to get messy. Using the sanitised grout, mix according to the label. Once in a nice thick consistency, use the sponge to lift some grout and sponge into the areas between the tiles. Don’t stress if the grout goes on the tiles, because it will and you can clean it off. Once the cracks have been filled in, use the sponge and lightly wipe over the surface of the tiles to make the grouting nice and even and wipe the border of the base to create a clean ending. Now it’s time to let it sit and dry. This can take up to 24hours, although depending on the depth of grout and size, it can be shorter.

It’s a good idea to check on it from time to time.  Using a slightly wet but clean sponge, lightly wipe the tiles to remove grout from the surface until it’s just a light sheen over the top. Once completely dry, use a dry sponge and wipe over the tiles to remove the excess dried grout and reveal the tiles. If hanging, add your hooks carefully, not to crack the grout if on a thin base.

mirror with grout complete

And it’s done! Place this little creation in its nook! 

mirror on bathroom shelf
mirror on window ledge
Rhiannon Smit