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DIY Beaded Mirror

This easy DIY project is a great, affordable way to upcycle an old mirror whether you already own one or pick one up at a secondhand store! We've linked all of the project materials for you so you can create your own statement mirror with our easy tutorial!

DIY beaded mirror hanging on a wall by a set of stairs.

Recently, I decided to tidy up our guest bedroom. Through the pandemic, it became a catch-all for things that needed stored but hadn't found a home and it. was. a. mess! And of course, no one was coming to stay with us, so it was a perfect storm for clutter! While I was decluttering, I came across a mirror that was originally hanging in our half bathroom when we first moved into our home. It wasn't anything special or really my style, but it was well made and so I hung onto it. (pun intended)

Close-up photo of a black DIY beaded mirror reflecting a room.

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I also recently switched around some art in our home to freshen up the top of our staircase - which had been feeling stale and stagnant for a while. (nothing better than shopping your own home for décor!) The framed art I had hanging at the bottom on the stairs became the perfect statement piece at the top, leaving an empty spot by our entryway. And then I remembered the mirror and felt inspired!

Some components for making a DIY beaded mirror sitting on a mirror.

This DIY was so incredibly simple and literally took me 10 minutes, not including the time between coats of spray paint. My ho-hum oval mirror completely transformed into a gorgeous high end piece of décor that works perfectly with our newly renovated hallway! (you can find all the details on that here!) AND it brings even more light and depth to the space, double win! Don't you just love when you can upcycle something old and give it new life?! Talk about sustainability!

Black DIY beaded mirror hanging on a wall and reflecting the adjacent wall and displayed photos.

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Wooden split balls arranged around the edge of a mirror.

This DIY would work on any mirror and any size of split wood balls. It would even work on an unframed mirror! Try varying the sizes of balls for added interest or keep them uniform for a classic style. Here's what you need to achieve the look:

DIY Beaded Mirror

A black DIY beaded mirror reflecting the nearby surroundings.


How to Make it

1. Clean your mirror frame or edges first so that the glue adheres completely.

2. Arrange the balls the entire way around your mirror to make sure you don't end up with a small empty space at the end.

3. Using hot glue, attach the balls around the edge of your frame.

Wooden split balls arranged along the frame of an oval mirror.

4. When the glue is hardened, tape off the mirror portion with painter's tape and paper.

5. Lay your mirror down on scrap cardboard or other material and spray paint. Apply paint in several light coats to avoid drips and runs. Let the paint dry according to the directions on the paint can.

Wooden split balls glued to the edges of a mirror being spray painted.

6. Remove the tape and paper, and use a razor blade scraper to remove any paint that may have gotten onto the mirror. Some how, I ended up with a whole bunch of over spray on the mirror even after masking it off, but it was easy to clean with a blade!

Close-up shot of a razor blade scraper.

7. Hang your mirror and admire your creation - simple, right?!

Shot of DIY beaded mirror reflecting the staircase sitting across from it.

This same technique could be used for a picture frame as well! How cute would that look?!

I hope you find some inspiration here in this affordable DIY! Don't forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page so you never miss an opportunity to be inspired! And if you make a beaded mirror, make sure to share it with me! If you're using Instagram, don't forget to tag me @therurallegend! I can't wait to see what you create!

xoxo, L

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Jan Hess
Jan Hess
Jul 01, 2021

I love how the mirror reflects the upstairs paintings as well as entryway

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