If you’re looking to add glamour and functionality to your entryway, kitchen or office, why not learn how to make a hanging mirror with key hooks? By assembling cheap parts together, you can make a framed mirror for a fraction of the cost of a store-bought one. The use of metal chains actually intended for hanging lamps will add chic to your hanging mirror. And simple hardware hooks will add the functionality of hanging keys on the mirror. It’s an easy crafting project with stunning results. So here’s everything you need to make this hanging mirror with key hooks.
Here’s What You’ll Need to Make a Hanging Mirror with Key Hooks
– Cheap frameless mirror
– Cheap picture frame
– Metal chain (for hanging lamps)
– Small hooks
Here’s How to Make a Hanging Mirror with Key Hooks
Step #1: Find a Mirror and Frame
The cheapest way to make a hanging mirror is to find one that’s already framed and is on sale. If you’re lucky enough to find one, you’ll be able to skip the next step and go straight to the hanging part. Otherwise, start by looking for a cheap frame at your craft store. See which picture frames are cheapest and jot down the dimensions of several, to give you options in looking for a cheap frameless mirror to fit inside. Some craft stores carry mirrors as well, so maybe you can find one to fit in the frame. If not, try your home improvement store. Fit the mirror in the frame the way you would a picture and the first step of making a hanging mirror is done.
Step #2: Select the Chain for Hanging the Mirror
You’ll find metal chains at your home improvement store, near the lighting aisle. Decide in advance how long a chain you want. It’s best for the chain to be 2/3 longer than one side of your mirror, as this will create a nice contrast once the mirror is hung. The assistant at the store will cut the chain to the length you want. Choose a chain with large loops for added beauty.
Step #3: Hang the Mirror
Turn the framed mirror over. With a thin drill bit, drill a hole at the top left and right corners, working slowly and gently not to cause too many tremors that may crack the mirror. Screw a screw halfway into each hole, then loop the ends of the chain on each. Hang the mirror from the chain. If the mirror looks crooked, just loop two loops on the nail instead of one.
Step #4: Add Key Hooks
You don’t have to add key hooks to the hanging mirror you made, but they sure are fun. You can buy screw hooks in a box of 20 very cheaply. Use a ruler to mark the front of the mirror on the bottom with where you’d like hooks to fit in. then screw the hooks in gently.
To make your hanging mirror with key hooks even more glamorous, spray paint the mirror with frost paint. You can also make little wooden signs from popsicle sticks hung on wool. Write messages like: “Be back soon” or “Dinner at 6:00”, and add spunk to your decor. And if you want to build a mirror frame from scratch, read my article on making a plain mirror look modern and elegant.