Uses for Old Mirrors

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By employing some creativity, old mirrors can be given new life. This is a page about uses for old mirrors.


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This is an old mirror that was plain and ugly, I added bark from a tree to make it look rustic.

Approximate Time: A few hours



  1. Simply using hot glue add dried tree bark to the mirror covering as much area as you'd like.
  2. Brush with Mod Podge for preservation.

By Sharon from Lakeland, FL

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I'm taking old damaged items and placing them on old damaged-front, framed, beveled mirrors and hot glueing them around on the frame: old toys, gum wrappers, theater tickets, concert passes, powder compacts, decorated lipstick cases, sunglasses, hair barrettes and combs, folding fans, colored marbles, unusual antique jewelry and beach-combed tiny pearl shells. This makes a "Memory Mirror" for any girl or woman to admire.


(If I can find several of my saved boxes of things, I will try to make one for my children and begin saving things for my grandson's when he is older as well. I don't want to rush the project so that I can watch for things that I loved the most, then that I know my children loved as well, when they were about ages 5-10. These are the most sentimental days for them.)

I still have things that aren't particularly attractive, but are very interesting to men and children which I'm going to mount on an old wider wooden framed piece. I will have a "Sentimental Mirror", (which are bigger items to view and will go well in a guest room with antiques found curbside), filled in with broken old printed tiles/ceramic pieces, old shaving brushes, pocket knives, pipes, cuff links, watch parts/watchbands, political photo campaign buttons, tie-tacks, shoe horns, eye glasses, and spice and medicine tins, tiny bottles, a piece of barbed wire, a tiny snake skin, horse shoe, rabbits foot keychain, beltbuckles, fountain pen tips, and old leather gloves; Signing and dating them for posterity to enjoy.


By Lynda from TX

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