DIY: Recycled Magazine Mirror

On this rainy Sunday, I thought I’d sit down and create something. After all, what else are Sundays for? I’m going to show you how to make a funky mirror like one I recently saw on my favourite tv show, One Tree Hill (it appears in episodes #609 – Sympathy For The Devil and #716 – My Attendance Is Bad, But My Intentions Are Good). 

Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters

I opted to make a smaller version because I didn’t have the space to hang a large circular mirror but the process is the same no matter what size mirror you’re working with. Let’s get started!

Tools Needed

Step 1

Tear out some pages from the magazines you no longer wish to read. Here I used an old interior design magazine I wasn’t very interested in reading again. It’s a good idea to cut the torn edge of the page so that it’s straight and you have a nice page to work with.

Step 2

Now that you’ve got all your magazine pages ready, take a straw and roll a page around it until you have a tight cylinder form.


Step 3

Put glue on the edge of the roll and push down to secure it. Repeat rolling and glueing for all the magazine pages you’ve cut out. It will take you some time to complete, so don’t hurry with this step.


Step 4

Think about the look you’d like your mirror to have. With some scissors cut down the tubes to the right size required and put aside.

Rolled Pages

Step 5

Use a glue gun or some strong glue to secure the rolls onto the mirror. Work from the centre outwards and make sure the rolls are glued tightly beside one another. You don’t want gaps!


Step 6

Allow to dry and prepare the next rolls to size, as per your design. You can be really creative and make any shaped arrangement you like. I’ve chosen to make all my rolls the same size but it’s entirely up to you how you want your mirror to look. Glue down the next few rolls.

SecondStep 7

Continue the process of cutting and glueing.


Step 8

Glue down the last batch of rolls, completely covering the black surface.


And there you have it! The mirror looks funky, colourful and 3-dimensional and can be hung in any waterproof area of your home!

Final Result