DIY Literary Mirror

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Each month my blogging friends and I team up with a group of talented ladies to bring you creative projects from thrift store finds. We create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! This month, I chose to make this awesome DIY literary mirror. It is a gorgeous piece of décor exclusively to make me smile. I hope yours brings you the same smile each time you look at it!

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It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

 

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Amanda | The Kolb Corner     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

 

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It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Materials

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 1

Cover the edges of your mirror with painter’s tape.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Tip:

  • Don’t try to use 1 long strip of tape if your mirror is rounded. Instead use smaller strips and gradually work your way around the inside.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 2

Set your mirror aside and tear multiple pages out of your book.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 3

Rip the torn pages into small pieces. See the picture above for reference.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 4

Coat a small section of your mirror frame with a generous coat of Mod Podge.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 5

Place pieces of book pages over the Mod Podge.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 6

Dip your finger in the water and smooth of the top of the pages to form them to the shape of your frame.

Tip:

  • This may take a few passes with water depending on how thick your book pages are.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 7

Continue steps 5 and 6 until your mirror frame is completely covered.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Tip:

  • This might be trickier on more ornate frames like the top of mine.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 8

Allow your frame to dry completely.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

 

Step 9

Once your mirror is dry, turn it over. Adhere the edges of paper hanging over to the back of the mirror with water and Mod Podge as you did above.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 10

Allow the back to dry.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 11

Turn the mirror back over. Coat the entire frame with a final coat of Mod Podge.

Step 12

Allow final coat to dry.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 13

With a box cutter, carefully trim the inner excess pages. See the picture for reference.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 14

Pull off the tape and trimmed excess.

Tip:

  • If you cut through the tape with the box cutter, use the tip of it to peel the small strips of tape left.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Step 15

Clean your mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

Note:

  • As you can see, mine got pretty messy. I went over it with a Clorox wipe to get the big areas of dried Mod Podge off. Next I went over the entire mirrored surface again with Windex.

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

I love how this turned out! Book décor is always a fantastic idea in my very nerdy opinion. This DIY literary mirror fits perfectly in my new Alice in Wonderland nook along with the Moss Bunny Wall Art. The pictures below are the best I could get of my nook at the end of our hallway (which aren’t great, but you can see me. Hi!). The pictures above are the ones for you to get a better look of the finished mirror. Before you go, check out the awesome projects from my friends below!

 

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.

It is time again for the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! This month, get the tutorial to make this awesome DIY literary mirror.


Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
  • Thank you, Angie!

  • Such a creative makeover. This would make such a neat decor item for anyone who loves reading.

  • Arianne Plehandzic

    So awesome to have a link-up on upcycling projects! Thanks for joining the #seasonalbloghopjoy

    • It is so much! If you create upcycled projects, we would love to have you take part! 🙂

  • Very cute!

  • Shirley Wood

    I love book art projects and simply have to get on board and do one. I love your mirror. It fits your book decor so well.

  • I love this! It makes my nerdy heart happy! 🙂 Definitely pinning for later!

  • What a fabulous idea and your new look mirror looks perfect in it’s new home 🙂

    • Thank you! I love that I have a place to display my Alice stuff now! 🙂

  • Debra Pashkowsky

    I love this idea. It is so unique and a wonderful project for a booklover. The mirror has a niceshape and your treatment brings out the lines.

    • Thank you, Debra!

  • That is the coolest mirror EVER! I need to go find a mirror or frame to try this one!

    • Thank you, Ann! I’d love to see a photo when you make one!

  • MICHELLE JAMES

    I never would have thought to use book pages on this mirror & absolutely love it! Such a unique, creative piece!

    • Thank you so much!

  • Cute Marie! I like the idea of book art too–I just haven’t made any!

    • Thanks, Amanda! This is my first but I definitely think I’m going to try my hand at more book projects!