Skip to Content

Make a Mirror Frame for the Bathroom (On a Budget!)

Make a farmhouse style DIY mirror frame for your plain clip bathroom mirror. Learn how to frame a mirror the easy way – you only need basic woodworking skills to accomplish this project.

Skills Required: Beginner. You need to know how to use a miter saw and a Kreg Jig, The rest is pretty simple if you have knowledge of basic tools.

DIY mirror frame

You know those clip mirrors in the bathroom? They can be kind of ugly. Or just feel unfinished. I’m going to show you how to make a DIY mirror frame for one of those clip mirrors – and HANG the frame so it’s easy to remove – and do this for $25!!

The one that we made was for a friend’s bathroom and she wanted farmhouse style, so that’s what we ended up doing. This DIY mirror frame is awesome because it adds some barn wood flair to the bathroom.

It also turns something boring into something a bit more spectacular. It’s a small touch makes a BIG difference!

Bathroom with a red wall, white tile top, and white ceramic sink

Now, our situation is a bit different in that the bathroom mirror had fallen and broken, so our friend had to purchase one to start the project. A 3′ x 5′ frameless mirror is about $50.

I wanted to point this out because you might be thinking “why not just buy a mirror with a frame since you needed a mirror anyway?” I’m glad you asked.

A 3′ x 5′ mirror with a frame was over $300, not to mention it wasn’t exactly the style we wanted. This DIY mirror frame only adds $25 in price to the $50 mirror! It’s also the perfect beginning project for woodworkers. Want to try it?

How to Frame a Mirror

How to Frame a Mirror

Gather These Supplies

  • 3 1” x 4”x8” pieces of faux barnwood from Home Depot
  • 1′ x 2′ wood board cut to a 4 ½’ length
  • (3) 3” wood screws
  • (3) ½” wood screws
  • (4) Kreg Jig screws
  • Wood glue
  • 3 frame hanger loops
  • 4 – 6 spring loaded mirror clips (optional)
  • (6) 2 ½ “  wood screws

Tools

  • Miter saw
  • 1 hole Kreg Jig
  • Drill with bits and a Philips head screw bit
  • Level
  • Stud finder (optional)

Before you build the frame: If you don’t have your mirror hung, you’ll need the spring loaded mirror clips, the six 2 1/2″ wood screws, and the stud finder.

You’ll use the stud finder to locate the studs so you can attach the clips to them with the wood screws. We ended up using 3 clips on the bottom and three clips on the top.

If you use a tape measure you can do this step fine by yourself – but it also helps to have another person around!

Piece of barnwood laying on cardboard

This is the 1”x4”x8’ barnwood we bought from Home Depot. It was less than $8 a piece! We needed three pieces to make the frame.

Piece of barnwood with a 45 degree angle cut at one end

From the three pieces of barnwood we cut (using the miter saw):

  • (2) 3’ 7 ½” pieces to go down the sides
  • (2) 5’ 7 ½ “ pieces to go across the top and bottom

Again using the miter saw, we cut 45° angles at each end of all four pieces.

1' x 2' cut down to 4 1/2' as a frame hanger

Now this is where we did something a little different than the other DIY mirror frame projects you’ll see online. We used a piece of 1′ x 2′ cut down to 4 1/2′ as a frame hanger.

We had a scrap of 1′ x 2′ laying around. But if you don’t, they are only about $1 – 2 at Home Depot depending on availability. Sometimes the lumber cutters give you a scrap if you ask nicely!

You’ll center this 4 1/2′ piece about the mirror and anchor it into the wall using the 3″ wood screws. You might need the stud finder again because you’ll want to make sure you go into the wood studs.

Mounted mirror frame hanger

After your 1′ x 2′ is mounted, you’ll put three evenly spaced 1/2″ wood screws into that piece. Don’t screw them all the way in; leave them backed out about ⅛ “ leaving room for the frame hanging loops.

Kreg Jig with clamps holding down barnwood

Now start assembling the frame. Using a Kreg Jig, drill a pilot hole for the attachment screw in the center of one of the pieces at each join (it doesn’t matter which one).

Gluing together the mirror frame pieces
Screwing in the corners of the mirror with wood screws
glue, clamp, and screw to create the frame

Then glue, clamp, and screw to create the frame. You’ll do this four times and the frame will be formed.

Hanger loop mounted on the back of the frame

After the frame is assembled, mount the three frame hanger loops to the back of the frame at the top to align with the screws that you placed on your 4 1/2′ wood piece.

Use a tape measure to make sure you locate the frame hanger loops in the same place as the screws.

Your DIY mirror frame is ready to hang.

Yield: 1 frame

DIY Mirror Frame

Make a farmhouse style DIY mirror frame for your plain clip bathroom mirror. This is so easy - you only need basic woodworking skills to accomplish it.

Learn how to make a DIY bathroom mirror frame on a budget! Keep your clip mirror frame in place and hang this over the top. It looks great, it's stylish - and it's removable!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $25

Materials

  • 3 1” x 4”x8” pieces of faux barnwood from Home Depot
  • 1' x 2' wood board cut to a 4 ½' length
  • (3) 3” wood screws
  • (3) ½" wood screws
  • (4) Kreg Jig screws
  • Wood glue
  • 3 frame hanger loops
  • (6) 2 ½ “ wood screws (optional)
  • 4 - 6 spring loaded mirror clips (optional)

Tools

  • Miter saw
  • 1 hole Kreg Jig
  • Drill with bits and a Philips head screw bit
  • Level
  • Stud finder (optional)

Instructions

  1. From the three pieces of barnwood cut, using the miter saw, 1) (2) 3’ 7 ½" pieces to go down the sides; 2) (2) 5’ 7 ½ “ pieces to go across the top and bottom.
  2. Using the miter saw, cut 45° angles at each end of all four pieces.
  3. Cut the 1' x 2' down to 4 1/2' to use as a frame hanger.
  4. Center this 4 1/2' piece about the mirror and anchor it into the wall using the 3" wood screws. Use the stud finder again to make sure you go into the wood studs.
  5. After the 1' x 2' is mounted, put three evenly spaced 1/2" wood screws into that piece. Don’t screw them all the way in; leave them backed out about ⅛“ - leaving room for the frame hanging loops.
  6. Begin assembling the frame. Using a Kreg Jig, drill a pilot hole for the attachment screw in the center of one of the pieces at each join (it doesn't matter which one).
  7. Glue, clamp, and screw to create the frame. Do this four times and the frame will be formed.
  8. After the frame is assembled, mount the three frame hanger loops to the back of the frame at the top to align with the screws that were placed on the 4 1/2' wood piece.
  9. Use a tape measure to locate the frame hanger loops in the same place as the screws. The DIY mirror frame is ready to hang.

Notes

If you don't have a mirror up before you start, you can purchase a mirror from Home Depot and hang with the spring loaded mirror clips and the six 2 1/2" wood screws. Use the stud finder to mount the clips.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a rating or share a photo on Pinterest!


Now that you know how to frame a mirror, I’d love to know what you think of this project in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other budget friendly DIY home decor projects:

It adds a bit of farmhouse charm to the bathroom, don’t you think? And it was SO easy! And inexpensive. Our favorite kind of project . . .

Make a farmhouse style DIY mirror frame for your plain clip bathroom mirror. This is so easy - you only need basic woodworking skills to accomplish it.

Perler bead drink covers for 4th of July
Previous
Perler Bead Drink Covers for the 4th of July
Next
Boredom Busters: 50+ Ideas Kids Will Love
Skip to Instructions