June 15, 2010

Dollar Store Tiled Mirror

So I totally headed to the Dollar Store to get some glasses I wanted and my eye caught these:

See them? Some pretty brown patterned tiles.

I grabbed a whole bunch, a small square mirror and a piece of foam-core board.

When I got home I grabbed some E6000 glue, my hot-glue gun and some scrap brown fabric.

I saw it in my head... but didn't know if I could actually pull it off.
Don't you love those kinds of projects?

So I laid out my tiles the way I wanted and made lines on my foam board:

I used my exacto knife to cut through and get as straight of a line as I could.

Here's my square:

Then I grabbed my scrap fabric and covered the whole piece using it and my glue gun:

(sorry for the glare, my camera hates being indoors)

Then I grabbed my amazing E6000 glue along with the glue gun and started adhering the tile down to the fabric-covered board:

The tiles had little metal hangers so I had to pry those carefully off.

I laid them as straight as I could all the way around then I glued my mirror right into the center.
Since the tiles didn't completely match flush to the mirror, there is a gap around it where the fabric shows through.
(That's okay though, I actually planned for it!) :)

I think it turned out pretty darn great:

What do you think?

Of course, I"m a sucker for brown.
I am in love love with it :)

It's not as sturdy as it needs to be to really hang... but what can you expect with foam board?
I think eventually I'll mount the whole thing on some cool wood boards and hang it... but for now it's going to be standing on top of my mantel.

It's amazing what you can find at the Dollar Store, huh?

Turned out a lot better than what I had in my head too-- I LOVE when that happens.


I'm so excited... this project made it to the CSI Top Ten...


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This was featured on Oopsey Daisy's Wednesday Wowzers!

and on Under The Table and Dreaming's Sunday Showcase!



  1. It turned out fabulous!!! Why can't I ever think of stuff like this? I'm glad it turned out better than in your head. I love when projects do that. Except I rarely think up my own projects. I just usually copy. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment on my split pea wreath.

  2. I have definitely had those "I can see it in my head" moments that don't always translate to things. This is simply gorgeous! Saw it at the CSI challenge ( I put some mirrors up too). I'll be on the lookout for these tiles!

  3. Just found this project from the CSI link up party...LOVE IT!

  4. this project is awesome! i love your idea, and implementation of it. thanks for sharing at csi!

  5. Seriously--which dollar store do you shop at?! Mine has nothing near this cute!! LOVE how this turned out!! The brown is just gorgeous. I never would have thought to make it into a mirror. Fabulous!

  6. I featured your mirror today!

    Thanks for the inspiration and have a fabulous day!

  7. This is soooo cute! Love it!!!

  8. That is GORGEOUS! I sooo love how it turned out.

    Thanks for sharing, I absolutely love it.

  9. Wow, I just love it!! You are so clever!! :)

    Seriously, I echo what some other posters have said - what dollar store do YOU shop at?? I would love those tiles!! lol

    Great job. :)

  10. I LOVE that!!!!!!!!!! I saw those same tiles but inspiration didn't strike me at the time. I sure wish my store still had them!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  11. Looove it! That is precious and you got ALL your supplies at the dollar store. I'm so impressed! Very cute!

  12. That is so elegant! No one would believe how much it cost you. (Except us crafters.)

  13. Yup, I featured it.

    Also, I am trying to figure out a way to hang it because we really, really want a big pretty mirror above our beg. but the thought of hanging a heavy one is too scary- if it fell, we would die in our sleep. So this is perfect...

  14. Very beautiful and elegant mirror for a low price- love it! I'm about to tweet about it and share the love! I adore dollar store crafts.

  15. This is so great! It looks way more expensive than it really is! Loveit. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Looks so much more than a "Dollar Store" did a wonderful job...what was in your head turned out great!!! Blessings to you!!!

  17. What a terrific project! Glad you made the cut! Great job!

  18. Gorgeous!! Ive been looking for mirrors at my dollar store and no luck. This is fabulous!!

  19. Love the brown and white tiles! I'll have to keep my eyes open at the Dollar Store. Your tiled mirror is so stylish and chic, and very very clever. Love it!

  20. This is gorgeous! Fantastic job. I can't believe this is made from $store materials - it looks fabulous! I'll be featuring this tomorrow. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  21. Hi! I just wanted to stop by and say congrats! I didn't have time to comment when I was judging the CSI entries last week. You did a great job! I love your project because you took small dollar store components and combined them to make a piece with big impact. Wonderful job!

  22. Hi, I'm back. :) I'm posting about this next week. The link will be:

  23. This mirror is awesome. Can't wait to make one.

  24. I just now saw this post -- amazing! I totally want to do a project like this now! It's such a great idea for using cute tiles. Usually I look at tiles at places like the Habitat for Humanity store and think "I love these, but what would I do with 8...or 12...or 16 random tiles?" Problem solved because you are a genius!

  25. Kelsey, another terrific dollar store makeover and another chance at the drawing! Again, thanks so much for participating!!
    signed, your newest follower!!

  26. Such a neat idea, and beautiful...

  27. This has Christmas gift written all over it! :)


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