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, y’all 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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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!
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
Cottage-Inspired Drop Leaf Side Table
$2 Flatware Box to Halloween Prop
The blue bookcase got a quick redo for my booth here
$2 Thrift Store Shelf Makeover
Join me back here on Thursday to see what I did with this pretty table:
UPDATE: See how this pretty piece looks now HERE!
Have an amazing day!
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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
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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
Really pretty and such a cool way to make an unusual Christmas “ornament” 😀
Thanks so much, Petra!! XOXO
Denise V Cox says
Love this mirror! Especially love the etching!!
Thank you, Denise! It was fun to work on a holiday project! XOXO
Maureen Provost Ryan says
I love the mirror — what a Success! Everyone will want one!!!
Thanks so much, Maureen!! XOXO
Carolyn Price says
Christy, you are amazing!! I can never guess what you will come up with?! So lovely! You create such imaginative designs!
Aww I appreciate that so much, Carolyn! Thank you!! XOXO
Very pretty & festive. Does the etched glass paint wash of the stencil?
Thank you, Tracy! I haven’t used the spray with a stencil, but my guess would be no. XO
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!
Thank you, Patricia! We are kindred spirits! XOXO
Your mirror is lovely! What a great idea for a mirror, and the color is beautiful!
Thank you so much, Virginia! I love this color too! XOXO
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
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Christy! I love this red mirror.
Thank you, Cheryl! XOXO
Marcie Lovett says
So cute, Chirsty! I love the effect of the black wax.
Thank you, Marcie! XOXO
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!
Thank you so much, Ange! I’m so glad you like this one! XOXO
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
Absolutely beautiful, Christy!! I love the way you think! I hope you keep it – this one is too special to sell:)
Aww thank you so much, Patty! I think I might have to keep this one! X ex L
That was suppose to say XOXO lol! 😊
Thanks, Addie!! XOXO
Amanda Marie says
This is so cute! I love the pop of red and the mirror looks fantastic!
Thanks so much, Amanda!! XOXO
Jennifer S. Hadfield says
What an amazing transformation! I love it!! I pinned it to my holiday board. so cute!
Thanks so much, Jen!! XO
Robyn Wright says
LOVE it! Isn’t it cool watching the frosted paint go from clear to frosted. So fun to watch!
I’m so glad you like it, Robyn! Very cool!! XOXO
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
Thank you, Cecilia! The frosted glass paint is awesome!! XO
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.
Thank you so much, Michelle! I’m so glad you found me! XOXO
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
Denise - Salvaged Inspirations says
Love this holiday mirror and can’t wait to see what you do with that adorable table!
Thank you, Denise!! It was so fun to work on a Christmas project!! XOXO
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!
Thank you, Kimberly! I was hoping to add a little depth to the red. It is a very subtle difference. XO
Rhonda Hallstrom says
So Cute! We love Mirrors!
Thank you, Rhonda! You rock the mirrors! XOXO
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
What an amazing idea! So festive and so pretty – love this DIY!
Thank you so much, Lindi! XOXO
What an amazing transformation! I’m usually more neutral but love the pops of red at Christmas!
Thank you, Jenn! I am the same way…love a pop of red at Christmas! XOXO
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
Christy this is just gorgeous!! What a lovely addition to Christmas decorating!
Thank you so much, Jo-Anna! XOXO
Rose Lefebvre says
Cute holiday idea. I am not big on mirrors but do like the idea of them in gardens to reflect the beauty!
Thank you, Rose! Ooh yes, I imagine that would be very pretty! XOXO
Amber Ferguson says
Oh my goodness this is absolutely fabulous! I would love for you to come over and share this post or any of your other amazing DIY’s at Thursday Favorite Things and All About Home!
TFT is every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. EST- Sun. at Midnight and All About Home is Monday at 7:00 p.m. EST- Thurs. at midnight.
I am looking forward to all of your creative holiday decor. Hope you will join us at the parties. Have a great holiday season ahead!
Thanks so much, Amber, and thanks for the invite! Just linked up! XOXO
Totally loving your make-over on this mirror Christy… I’d be keeping it too!!
Thank you for sharing this beautiful DIY project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your faux etched Christmas mirror at tonight’s party and pinning too.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne
Thank you so much, Kerryanne!! Have a fantastic weekend!! XOXO
Sarah @ The DIY Mommy says
This turned out o great!! Just beautiful!
Thanks so much, Sarah! XOXO