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.