How to Make Hand Mirrors

A. Johnson

Things You'll Need

  • Small mirror
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper strips
  • Strips of paper towels
  • Bowl of liquid starch
  • Acrylic paint
  • Vanish
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Embellishments

Hand mirrors are fun to make and give as special gifts. A beautifully embellished hand mirror can provide an interesting touch to a dressing table. A crafter can create a dozen hand mirrors, and each can look unique. Typically a hand mirror includes a handle with a circular or rectangular mirror at the top.

Draw the outline of a hand mirror onto a piece of cardboard. Use a hand mirror as a template if you must.

Cut out the cardboard drawing.

Papier-mâché the cardboard cutout. Dip a strip of newspaper into the starch, wiping off the excess, and wrap the strip around the cardboard. Add additional "padding" to the handle.

Apply a final layer of papier-mâché using strips of paper towel. Shape the hand mirror, and don't be afraid to mold the wet surface to create the desired shape.

Allow to dry completely.

Paint the hand mirror. After it dries, add a coat of varnish. Before and after varnishing, embellishments can be added.

Glue the actual mirror onto the piece. Allow it to dry.


  • Tear, not cut, the strips of paper.

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

Photo Credits

  • A. Johnson