How to Create a Decorative Mirror with Tile

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    Choose a Design

    • 1). Remove the mirror from the frame. Decide on a design for the mirror frame. Designs may be intricate or just randomly placed pieces of tile. Look up examples of mosaic mirror tiles on the Internet or in home decor magazines and see what appeals to you. Once you have decided on a design, draw an outline of it on the frame. Choose which ceramic plates or glass tiles you wish to use and which colors.

    • 2). Make your own tiles. Use a tile cutter or smash any ceramic plates you have selected to use for the mirror. Wrap the plate in packing paper or bubble wrap. Use a hammer to gently break up the plate into pieces. If the pieces are too large for the design, keep breaking the pieces into smaller ones. Wipe the mirror frame with a soft, dry cloth. Use a utility knife on a wooden frame to make a line across the wood, known as "scoring," so the adhesive will affix easily.

    • 3). Test your design by laying out the pieces over the design you have prepared on the frame. Make any desired changes. Once you have the design locked in, apply tile adhesive to each individual piece of tile or ceramic and affix it to the frame with gentle pressure. Let the pieces dry completely for 24 hours.

    • 4). Put newspapers or a flat plastic garbage bag on a firm surface and position the frame on it for grouting. Mix grout with water to the consistency of pancake batter. Spread the grout across the tile pieces on the frame, using a grout spreader or spatula. While wearing a glove, ensure that the grout gets into the harder-to-reach areas using your fingers.

    • 5). Remove excess grout with a damp sponge. Polish the grout with a soft dry cloth to ensure no grout is left over the surface of the tiles. Once it has dried and hardened, it may be difficult to remove. Re-insert the mirror into the frame.

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