How to Make a Tiled Mirror Frame

What You'll Need
Ceramic tiles
Painters tape
Readymade tile grout
Grout float
Strong craft glue (E 6000 or Liquid Nail)
Bucket of water
Old rag
Safety goggles
Old thick towel

Dressing up your mirror frame not only enhances the beauty of the mirror, but also improves the look of your entire room. While any type of tile can be used to make the mirror frame, ceramic is most commonly used. Here’s how you can give your mirror a quick face-lift.

Step 1 – Buying Tiles

You can choose to frame your mirror using solid tiles or mosaic (made out of broken tiles). Determine the number of tiles needed by measuring the perimeter of the mirror and deciding on the size of tiles you want to use. If you intend to use solid tiles, buy a few extra ones. If you plan on making a mosaic frame, buy at least three times more than what you would for a solid tile frame. Pick tile colors that correspond with the décor and flooring of the room in which the mirror will hang.

Step 2 – Breaking the Tiles

If you intend to make a mosaic frame, you will first need to break the tiles; if not, move on to the next step. Lay the tiles on the ground over a thick towel. Cover the tiles with the same towel folded up, or use another towel. Hammer the tiles to break them into smaller pieces. Stop when you have the right size.

Step 3 – Prepping the Mirror

Cover your work space with plastic/newspaper to avoid getting it dirty. Clean your mirror with an old rag and lay it down flat (face-up). Put painter’s tape on all sides, leaving room for the frame. Cover the center of the mirror with newspaper or plastic, again using painter’s tape. If your mirror is already framed, you only need to cover the center.

Step 4 – Glue the Tiles

Apply craft glue to the sides of the mirror or the frame. It is best to do this one side at a time. Then, start sticking on the tiles. If you are making a mosaic frame, place the tiles pieces as you wish, forming a unique pattern of your choice. Make sure that you leave at least 2 mm of space between the tiles for the grout. Once you are done with all four sides, allow the glue to completely dry.

Step 5 – Grouting

When you are sure that the glue has dried, you should start grouting your tiles. Apply the grout to the spaces between the tiles using the grout float. Do not worry if excess grout comes on top of the tiles because you will be cleaning this off later. When you are done, wet the sponge and start cleaning the grout off the tiles. You should wet the sponge frequently, and clean the mirror and tiles thoroughly. Then, set it aside to dry for at least 24 hours. When the grout has completely dried, remove your painter’s tape and newspaper/plastic from the mirror. Use an old rag to wipe the mirror and give it a shine.