Create An Etched Mirror

An etched mirror is simply a mirror with a design etched into it. The design is achieved by cutting out the design from contact paper on a mirror and putting etching cream on it. This wiki will help you create your very own etched mirror.

Supplies you will need:
*Any contact paper

  • X-ACTO knife
  • Etching cream
  • Mirror
  • Safety Goggles
  • Latex Examination Gloves
  • Graphite Paper
  • Original drawing

Strikethrough - Recommended

Step 1
To start out, cut out a piece of contact paper large enough to cover the mirror. Next you will want some graphite paper. Put the side with the graphite on it face down on the mirror. The side with graphite should usually be darker. If not, test both sides by getting a stick and take turns making a circle on both sides over paper.

Step 2

After that, get your original drawing. If you don't have one, you will have to draw on the contact paper which is very difficult. Put the original drawing on top of the graphite paper. Trace over it to transfer the drawing onto the contact paper. After that is done, move onto step 3.

Step 3

After the drawing is transfered, you will use your X-ACTO knife to cut out the design. Put some some glasses on for this. This is very difficult, as you have to make the parts you want to be etched cut out. Make sure that you can see the mirror where you want it etched. When you have your design cut out, you can put the etching cream on.

Step 4

This is the smelly part. Keep your safety glasses on and put on some latex gloves. Take the etching cream and a paint brush. Lather the contact paper with the etching cream and make sure you get the parts with the mirror showing good. Wait 3-5 minutes before washing it off.


Step 5

Wash the etching cream off until you can't see any more. Scrub your mirror with your hands good. Wait about a minute and then peel the contact paper off. You can take the gloves off for this.

Step 6

Wash your mirror off 1 more time and then clean it with newspaper for the best result.

  • Please note that I am not responisble for any injuries. The safety glasses are VERY important. Use knife and cream at your own risk and read the directions first.

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