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Vintage French Inspired Hand Mirror

Vintage French Inspired Hand Mirror
Vintage French Inspired Hand Mirror
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If you love to scour antique shops and thrift stores and then fix up your finds, then the Vintage French Inspired Hand Mirror is the perfect project for you. You can give this recycled project as a Mother's Day gift or to your bridesmaids on your special day. This vintage craft is such a lovely and personalized gift that whoever receives it will absolutely love it. Stretch your thrifting muscles and search the stores for the perfect mirror to upcycle into something unexpected and beautiful.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueRepurposing



Materials List

  • Natural wooden hand mirror
  • Pearl flat-sided rhinestone flowers
  • Acrylic paint in white and watermelon
  • Khaki green pigment ink stamp pad
  • Rolkem gold dusting powder
  • Stencil with a French motif
  • Paint brush
  • Brown packaging tape
  • Super glue
  • Fine grit sanding paper
  • Quick drying matte spray varnish
  • Utility knife
  • Soft cloth
  • Window cleaner


  1. Use the brown packaging tape and the utility knife to cover the mirror. Keep the mirror covered until the wood has been varnished.

  2. Mix the white and watermelon paint into a soft pink. Add an uneven wash to the wood (front, back, and sides) and allow to dry thoroughly. 

  3. Lightly sand the wood down, concentrating on places where one would expect normal wear and tear from years of handling. Use the soft cloth to gently wipe off any sanded dust from the wood before continuing with the next step.

  4. Use the ink stamp pad to add an aged effect to some areas of the wood. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  5. Use the paintbrush and the gold dusting pwoder to add a gold shimmer to some areas of the wood.

  6. Use white paint and the paint brush to add the stencil design to the back of the mirror. Carefully lift the stenvil and allow the design to dry thoroughly

  7. Lightly sand down the stenciled design, and use the stamp pad again to add an aged effect over the stenciled design.

  8. Spray the front, back, and sides of the mirror with the varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.

  9. Use the super glue to affix the rhinestone flowers to the back of the mirror.

  10. Remove the packaging tape and use the window cleaner and the soft cloth to remove any glue residue from the mirror.

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