Mirrors are an important element in any apartment. Whatever shapes and sizes they are, they all need a high-quality framing: a frame that matches the style. You can build it yourself, without resorting to the services of a framing workshop. In addition to reducing material costs, such a frame can be a truly unique part of the decor.
How to make a frame for a mirror with their own hands: photos and recommendations
Today, there are so many materials from which you can make a frame for a mirror, that among them everyone will definitely be able to find an option for themselves: from classic plaster and wood to more non-standard trifles like broken glass, seashells, etc. The choice often depends on the style in which the interior is made, where the mirror will be, as well as the area to be treated.
For example, to create a frame of small plastic flowers on a mirror measuring 2 x 4 meters by hand is rather long and irrational. In addition, look like a design on a large object will also not be too impressive. But this option is good for small mirrors (20 by 30 cm) arranged by a group. The width of the frame will also be selected depending on the parameters of the mirror: the smaller it is, the framing should be there, otherwise the object will lose all its functionality. At the same time, even for large wall mirrors, it is not recommended to make frames more than 5-7 cm wide.
For small mirrors, frames made of cardboard are ideal, which are subsequently decorated with any small objects: beads, buttons, broken glass. This is especially interesting if the mirror is square or round, 10 by 10 in size, and its framing has the same shape and width. Such mirrors have a more decorative function, since they are too small for their full use, but they can become an excellent interior decoration. For this purpose, 3 sheets of thick cardboard are prepared (the color can be chosen at will), whose height and width are 30 cm each. In addition, you need glue in stick, glue gun (for decoration) and decorative trifles themselves. It is also recommended to think in advance the pattern that will be laid out on the surface of the frame.
The first sheet of cardboard is the “back”, it can be temporarily put aside, the second - the front part of the future frame. It is required to cut a “window” in the center, the dimensions of which will be 0.5 cm smaller than that of a mirror so that it does not fall out. And the third sheet will become a kind of "gasket" between the previous ones: a "window" is also cut through it, but already completely by the size of the mirror. All sheets of cardboard are glued together, and they are given time to dry completely under pressure to prevent deformation.
As soon as the base blank of the frame becomes completely dry, a drawing is marked on its front side with a pencil, and hot glue is applied on it with small drops from a glue gun. It is recommended to work consistently, in limited areas, immediately setting decorative elements on the glue. When the entire frame has been framed, the product is carefully turned upside down to check if all the details are locked. If so, then the work on creating a frame for a small decorative mirror is completed.
The original frame of the ceiling plinth
For large wall mirrors and baroque-style interiors, massive, thick frames with intricate designs are perfect. Basically they are made of wood, but it is quite expensive, and the weight of such a frame is not small. At home, you can make an imitation of the ceiling plinth, which after a few simple manipulations will look just as good. But right away it should be noted that this technology works best with rectangular and square mirrors - for oval it is impossible to bend around the entire perimeter of the baseboard.
In order to make such a frame, you will need to choose a ceiling plinth that fits your width and pattern, the length of which will be equal to the perimeter of the mirror without any additions. The design will use putty, acrylic white paint, furniture paint of brown and gold colors (either black and silver, depending on the color scheme of your room), as well as acrylic varnish, sponge and auxiliary tools - scissors, shoe knife, ruler-corner, glue gun. If you want to make an additional mount on the mirror, you will need to purchase a sheet of plywood and special glue for mirror cloths, as well as thick twine.
Starting stage - work with the frame frame. The plinth is applied around the perimeter of the mirror and cut into 4 parts exactly along its height and width. Then from each end you need to remove the parts that prevent the correct addition of parts: for this you need a ruler-corner. Thanks to it, the plinth is cut diagonally, so that it looks like a very long trapezoid, whose long base is the outer side, the short one - the inner one, directed to the mirror. If done correctly, all 4 parts will easily fit into a rectangle that does not have gaps. In the joints of the ceiling plinth is fixed with a glue gun. Then the frame of the frame is removed from the mirror.
When the glue cools, work continues with the baseboard. Putty must be diluted with water so that the resulting mixture with its thickness resemble sour cream, after which it is carefully covered with a frame from the outside and inside. To dry, it is recommended to keep the product in an upright position, you can slightly at an angle: it will take several hours, but until the putty grasps completely, you cannot move on.
Now comes the stage of registration of the frame. Acrylic paint of brown color dyes the entire baseboard, including its inner zones, and gives him time to dry again. If your interior is in a cold range, you can use black paint. Then, using a smaller brush, the frame must be coated with acrylic varnish, which also has to dry well. Then comes the turn of the golden paint, already applied with a sponge - this will create the effect of flying gold, which means it will add a “age” to the “tree”. After the new stage of drying, you will also need to fix the result with varnish. Now it remains only to seat the frame on the mirror, and fix it as you wish.
Complicate the task: a frame made of wood
Making wooden frames for mirrors on your own is most difficult, since working with wood requires a large number of special tools. In addition, for large-area mirror cloths, it is important to create protection against their possible damage, which also implies a special technology. Therefore, in the absence of the necessary skills, it is recommended to begin experiments with a framework for small mirrors - wall or desktop.
The easiest way, of course, is to use the same blank as in the case of the ceiling plinth - the door trim. For a large mirror, this is the perfect frame, which only needs to be sanded and covered with paint and varnish, carefully drying each layer. For the smaller ones, you can purchase thin wooden profiles, which are available in any framing workshop or hobby goods store. Dimensions are selected so that the resulting inside "window" turned out to be at least 2 cm below the perimeter of the mirror itself.
By analogy with the ceiling plinth, wooden profiles along the outer edges are cut at a 45-degree angle so that later all 4 parts can be combined into a rectangle. The sections are sanded, after which they need to be joined and fixed. This is done either through corner clamps or through a rubber band. For small mirrors that have almost no weight, you can use a glue gun. In the end it will be necessary only to go through the sandpaper all over the frame and decorate it to your taste: paint it, paint it, add painting or other decorative elements.
In addition to the options discussed above, you can find quite a few ideas for creating a frame for a mirror with your own hands: often even unusual materials such as disposable spoons, pasta, broken shards, and eggshell are used. Do not stop at the already known and tested - try new and create unique crafts!