Etched Quote Mirror DIY

My little girl loves to get all dolled up, whether it is in an elaborate dress-up costume or just a necklace and a diaper she can really pull anything off. Recently she has started asking to see herself once she gets dressed. She heads straight for the bathroom mirror to see what she looks like and to smile at herself. Most of the time she drags me along to hold her up so she can really see, but the other day I caught her trying to climb on the counter herself, yikes! I knew she needed a mirror for her room.

Etched Mirror Quote DIY

I received a Silhouette Glass Etching Starter Kit for use in this project. All opinions are my own.

I am in love with the gorgeous floor mirrors you can see in all the stores lately, but I didn’t have $200 dollars to spend. I was determined to make one for much, much less. I was a little inspired by the mirror from Snow White, but I wanted a more positive message for my little girl and then I saw this quote the other day:

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It was just the inspiration I needed! I was ready to start. For this project you will need:

I started by designing my quote in my Silhouette Studio program. I made the grid the same size as the mirror so I would know exactly what it would look like on my final project. In addition to the text I added a flourish shape that is one of 10 exclusive designs that came with my starter kit. In fact, everything I needed for etching my mirror was included in my Silhouette Etching Starter Kit which can be found here.

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Then I went ahead and cut my vinyl with my Silhouette CAMEO. Next weed out the actual letters leaving the negative space behind and apply it to the mirror using the transfer paper.Mirror 1-1

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Next, I needed to etch my glass. This was so much easier than I thought it would be. You simply spread the etching medium over your vinyl, let it sit for one minute, then wipe it off. Be careful not to wipe over the edge of your vinyl, as it etches very quickly! Once you have wiped it off, rinse with water.

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Once my mirror was etched, I knew I wanted to beef up the frame and make it look better than a regular over the door mirror. After measuring my mirror and deciding how wide I wanted my frame to be, I bought enough primed MDF from the hardware store. It is a little more expensive than the plain wood but it saved me steps when it came to painting. I cut the wood into 4 pieces. The sides are 53.5 x 2.5 inches long and the top are 11.5 x 2.5 long.

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Once they are cut use a thin line of Liquid Nails (thin is key, you don’t want to it to mush out the sides) and clamp the mirror down. Let it set for 24 hours. Once those are set, add the top and bottom pieces.



Use the Liquid Nails under the mirror as well as on the sides of these pieces to complete the frame. Clamp these and let them set as well.


Once they have set, paint everything white. Then distress the edges with a piece of sand paper.

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This mirror will permanently hang in my little girl’s room, once I decide exactly where I want it, as a reminder that beauty is more than just your physical attributes. I hope to remind her daily that her happiness will shine through and that is more important than anything else.

About Aimee

My name is Aimee and I was lucky enough to meet my perfect match at age 15. We were married 6 years later and are parents to the cutest kiddos around. Our oldest son is a cautious, but outgoing, smarty pants with a little sister who has no fear and loves to push all his buttons. They are 19 months apart. Before becoming a stay at home mom I was a second grade teacher, and I loved every minute of it. Now I spend most of my day on the floor building trains, tucking in baby dolls, reading stories, and laughing my guts out with my own kids. I love to spend time with my family, travel, read, watch movies, be outdoors, and eat!


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  5. Love that quote! Nice job on the mirror.

  6. That mirror is great (with one of my very favorite quotes in the world) but it’s your pretty little girl that stole the whole show. :)
    Here from Kathe.

  7. This is such a cool set to assemble. My daughter will be getting a room redo here in the next year and this would be perfect for her.

  8. I love how happy she is with her mirror!! I had no idea those were that easy to make, I bet that is something she will treasure all through high school as well!

  9. Not to be too crazy… but I’m crying reading this. We’ve been going through quite a bit with our little warrior, and seeing your little girl looking in the mirror with that awesome quote is exactly what we need. My hubby is excited to order our kit and make one for her and one for our pending arrival, too. Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

    • You are not crazy! Our girls are growing up in a crazy world! They need reminders like this constantly! I am glad you lobe it as much as I do!

  10. That is a great quote. I want to hang it up in my classroom. I teach 6th graders and “happy girls” is something they need to hear!! Love that you did this yourself, too.

  11. That’s such an awesome idea to beef up the mirror! So much cheaper than a fancy framed mirror. I love that quote! Perfect for a little girl’s room.

  12. I’ve etched some glasses before but not a mirror. A great idea. I just used the vinyl before they made a kit.

  13. Okay, that is the coolest thing ever. I never thought of using my Silhouette to make something like this. Thanks so much!

  14. That is such a neat idea I have never seen etching on a mirror like that.