DIY Faux Etched Christmas Mirror

Sweet friends, today I am sharing my first holiday project of the season!! I’m joining the Seasonal Simplicity Series hosted by my dear friend, Krista of The Happy Housie! Today I and several talented friends are all sharing DIY projects you can do for the holidays. You’ll find links to my friends’ projects at the bottom.

The weather here has finally decided to cool down, so I am actually starting to get excited about the holidays!!

Of course, ya’ll know I looked to my latest haul to see what I could transform to participate in this fun tour, and I chose this mirror:

It was on clearance at the thrift store for $6.98. I rarely pass up a good deal on a mirror, especially one on clearance at the thrift store! When I found this one, I figured at the very least I could turn it into a chalkboard for my booth, but for this project, I decided to keep it as a mirror.

Here is how I added some Ho Ho Holiday charm to it:

How to faux etch a mirror

 

DIY Faux Etched Christmas Mirror

Fun, right?

I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.

I love pops of red for my own Christmas decor, so I chose to paint the frame of this mirror in Honky Tonk red by Dixie Belle:

Honky Tonk Red by Dixie Belle

As you can see, I removed the mirror first. That way I could paint the backside as well so the mirror would reflect the red instead of the original wood finish.

DIY Faux Etched Christmas Mirror

I wanted a black waxed finish for the frame, and since I didn’t have any black wax on hand, I mixed some clear wax with black gilding wax to get a black wax:

black wax alternative

I applied it with a clean soft cloth to seal my paint finish:

To create the faux etched lettering on the mirror, I found this pretty Christmas design in the Silhouette Store HERE. If you own a Silhouette Machine, you can access their online store that has endless designs that you can purchase and download. This one cost me 50¢. I’ve had several people ask me to share how I use my Silhouette, and while I have shared how I upload my own designs in the past HERE, the software continues to change. I encourage you to check out YouTube as there are a ton of tutorials on using your Silhouette.

It took a little patience to apply the cut-out to my mirror:

Use a silhouette machine to create a faux-etched mirror!

I used a 12″ X 24″ cutting mat and printed out the design in two pieces since it was so large. I like to use contact paper since I’m so cheap. Transfer paper makes this an easier project as well, but I was out.

Once I had my design where I wanted it and made sure the rest of my mirror was covered, I sprayed in the design with Rustoleum Frosted Glass Spray:

Rustoleum etching glass spray

I applied two light coats, allowing the first one to dry before applying the second. Then I removed the contact paper immediately.

If you don’t own a silhouette, a stencil will work as well. Spray Loctite Spray Adhesive to the back of the stencil to hold it firmly in place.

I added the mirror back to the frame and that was it!

From clearance thrift store mirror to brand new Christmas decor!

How to faux etch a mirror

 

DIY Faux Etched Christmas Mirror

 

DIY Faux Etched Christmas Mirror from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

For even more DIY Holiday ideas, check out what my friends are sharing today! 

Classic Christmas Light String Garland DIY at The Happy Housie
DIY Hydrangea Christmas Wreath at Two Twenty One
Chunky Knit Vase DIY at Craftberry Bush
Holiday Place Card Wreaths with Printable Tags at Tatertots and Jello
Easy Christmas Star Garland Gift Topper at The Handmade Home

DIY Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Forest at a Pretty Life
DIY Cotton Ball Wreath at Hallstrom Home
DIY Faux Etched Christmas Mirror at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
DIY Christmas Book Craft Project at Happy Happy Nester
DIY Christmas Place Setting Name Tag at She Gave it a Go

Elegant DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Village at The DIY Mommy
DIY Safety Pin Christmas Angels at Zevy Joy
DIY Wooden Advent Calendar at Jenna Kate at Home
DIY Holiday Gift Wrap at My Sweet Savannah
How to Make a Modern Christmas Wreath at Cherished Bliss

DIY Giant Pine Wreath at Love Create Celebrate
Paint by Numbers Printable Christmas at Rambling Renovators
DIY Winter Wreath at The Turquoise Home
Christmas Art Work at Life is a Party
Dollar Tree Rustic Glam Christmas Wreath at All Things With Purpose

DIY Vintage Whitewashed Nutcracker at Rooms FOR Rent
DIY Drum Tree Collar at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Line Art Christmas Tree DIY Acrylic Sign at Lemon Thistle
Snowball Cookies in a Jar at Clean & Scentsible
DIY Pink Ombre Ornament Wreath at We’re the Joneses

Are you ready for the holidays yet??

I guess I need to start working on another haul because this one is almost done! Only four more projects left:

If you missed any of these makeovers so far, you can catch up here:

Grandma’s Footboard Repurposed

Drawer Front Repurposed

Stinky Dresser Makeover

Cottage-Inspired Drop Leaf Side Table

$10 Glass Cabinet Makeover

Cabinet Door Upcycle

$2 Flatware Box to Halloween Prop

The blue bookcase got a quick redo for my booth here

$12 Thrift Store Headboards

$2 Thrift Store Shelf Makeover

Join me back here on Thursday to see what I did with this pretty table:

Have an amazing day!

XOXO,

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Comments

  1. Mary Kaiser says

    That is so beautiful now!! I LOVE how that turned out, such a pretty red. So surprised at the red, but I think it is perfect for Christmas. I wonder if your keeping this for yourself or taking it to your booth. If your keeping it I would love to see where you use it in your home. You inspire me every single time I read one of your post, and I am so thankful for you and your inspiration!!

    • Thank you so much, Mary! I think I might just have to keep this one! I hope you have a wonderful day, my sweet friend! XOXO

  2. The other participants pages/sites cannot be found☹️
    Your mirror is a great kickoff for Christmas.

    • Thanks, Rita! I forgot that we were supposed to go live at 5:00 am…I am in such a habit of posting at 4:00…sorry about that! Everyone else should be live now too! Have a great day! XOXO

  3. Really pretty and such a cool way to make an unusual Christmas “ornament” 😀

  4. Denise V Cox says

    Love this mirror! Especially love the etching!!

  5. Maureen Provost Ryan says

    I love the mirror — what a Success! Everyone will want one!!!

  6. Carolyn Price says

    Christy, you are amazing!! I can never guess what you will come up with?! So lovely! You create such imaginative designs!

  7. Very pretty & festive. Does the etched glass paint wash of the stencil?

  8. Patricia Wilson says

    I love your mirror. So pretty. You’re like me in the fact that when you see something you can always visualize what it can become. Just like I see a greeting card in everything. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Your mirror is lovely! What a great idea for a mirror, and the color is beautiful!

  10. sharon austin says

    Super festive and easy! I’m beginning to think I should have replaced my original cricut with the silhouette instead of the Maker. Looking at your link, there are so many cute projects available-CHEAP, way more than I’ve found on cricut design space. Plus the machine is much cheaper! 🙁 Maybe I should ask Santa for one this year! lol

    • Thank you, Sharon! I used to have a Cricut back when they still used cartridges. I do love my silhouette now though! I say add it to your Christmas list LOL! XOXO

  11. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Christy! I love this red mirror.

  12. Marcie Lovett says

    So cute, Chirsty! I love the effect of the black wax.

  13. Ange Mills says

    Good morning. What a great idea for an old mirror, I would never have thought to do that. Easy peasy project! I ❤️❤️❤️Your creativity and vision!

  14. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this!! I feel sad that I don’t have a Silhouette! This is one of the prettiest things I’ve seen in a long time using a mirror. If I had the way to do it, I would immediately go out and look for a mirror that was “just right”. Great job!

    • I’m so glad you like it, Cate! Thank you! There are so many beautiful things you can create with a silhouette, but I think you could do this with a stencil as well! XOXO

  15. Absolutely beautiful, Christy!! I love the way you think! I hope you keep it – this one is too special to sell:)

  16. Adorbs!!!

  17. This is so cute! I love the pop of red and the mirror looks fantastic!

  18. What an amazing transformation! I love it!! I pinned it to my holiday board. so cute!

    xoxo

  19. Robyn Wright says

    LOVE it! Isn’t it cool watching the frosted paint go from clear to frosted. So fun to watch!

  20. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Love the whole mirror! I’ve never heard of the frosted glass paint and want to try it out! Great project, thanks!XOXO

  21. Michelle Diotte says

    Wow..that mirror looks amazing!
    What a beautiful idea for Christmas.
    I just started to follow you & when I get enough time to look threw your work I am always so impressed. Thank you for sharing all your work & ideas.
    I look forward to seeing what’s next.

  22. KATHY BINKLEY says

    Oh wow Christy, I wasn’t expecting that beautiful red because your colors are more of a soft pallet but I must admit, how beautiful. So pretty and it really pops. Do you only spray in the stencil the etch spray because it looks like you only covered alittle of the mirror with the tape. I would love to make one like that for my mantel. Thank you so much for sharing

    • I’m so glad you like it, Kathy! Thank you! It is definitely out of my normal color palette, but so pretty for Christmas! Yes, I only sprayed in the stencil and covered the outer edges with the tape. XOXO

  23. Love this holiday mirror and can’t wait to see what you do with that adorable table!

  24. Kimberly Wollmer says

    May I ask why you used the black wax? Does it add a bit of black texture? It’s hard to tell on my computer monitor. Love this!

  25. So Cute! We love Mirrors!

  26. I really like this….I wonder if Michael’s sells the adhesive…..my Goodwill doesn’t have sales…ever. keep up the good ideas.

    • Thank you, Sandra! Our Goodwill marks things down if they’ve been sitting too long. I’m surprised this mirror didn’t sell…even at $9.98 it was a good deal! XOXO

  27. What an amazing idea! So festive and so pretty – love this DIY!

  28. What an amazing transformation! I’m usually more neutral but love the pops of red at Christmas!

  29. So pretty and festive! Your transformations are incredible.

    • Aww thank you so much, my friend!! Thank you for hosting and inviting me to play along!! Have an incredible weekend! XOXO

  30. Christy this is just gorgeous!! What a lovely addition to Christmas decorating!

  31. Cute holiday idea. I am not big on mirrors but do like the idea of them in gardens to reflect the beauty!

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