Easy Mosaic Mirror
You can follow these easy steps to make a beautiful mosaic mirror.
Before we begin a tip – Consider taping off the middle section before doing anything else to keep the mirror free of glue. The grout is actually easy to remove with some Goof Off Pro Strength. But any glue that dries on the mirror is difficult to remove, without scratching the mirror, after it dries.
First, gather the tiles you want to use and arrange them around the mirror into a design. I started with a pattern and then switched out some tiles with a completely different color not used in the original pattern. I used tiles from Michaels, but I also recommend MosaicArtSupply.com for purchasing tiles. Next, glue the tiles down with some Weldbond glue being careful to use a small drop that doesn’t spread out beyond the tile. It will be challenging to remove extra glue without scratching the mirror later. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
Plan to grout outdoors. You’ll need a bucket of water, grout powder, gloves, spatula for spreading grout, a sponge or towel, and to be safe use a mask and goggles. Grout powder is very a fine dusty powder and it can irritate your eyes and lungs.
When mixing the grout, follow the directions on the package. A good rule of thumb is to use one-part water to 2 parts grout. You can add more water or grout as needed to make the consistency of mashed potatoes or peanut butter.
Put on the gloves and press the grout into the crevices between all the tiles with your hands or with a spatula for spreading grout. Be careful with the tile corners. They can be sharp and cut through some types of gloves. Also, be sure to check all the inner and outer edges to make sure there aren’t any holes. If there are holes, fill them in with grout.
Using a towel dipped in clean water begin to polish the tops of the tiles carefully. Replace any grout that gets knocked off in the process.
Allow to dry for 48 hours. Then clean with some goof off and an old rag to remove any excess glue or grout that is stuck to the mirror. You may also need to use a grout knife to carefully scrape any glue or some of the grout away in places like the corners.
Rinse with water and do a final cleaning with your favorite window cleaner. And there you have it. A simple yet beautiful mosaic mirror to enjoy for years to come!