Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

October 14, 2021

If you follow me on Facebook then you might know already that I rediscovered some thrifted mirrors that I had completely forgotten about... the makeover was even started and then I don't know what happened... squirrel! 😂


Well, I got busy and cranked this upcycle out!


Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip


Here is what they looked like when I first found them at the thrift store, I have two of them.


Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

I wanted to give them a boho feel so first I painted them gold. The mirrors won't come out so I had to tape them off.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Then I searched around my craft hoard supply and found some rub-on decals and water-slide decals that I thought would work. Yes, the water-slide decals are made for your skin... like the old-fashioned temporary tattoos that we used to get in the candy vending machines, but they will work for crafts too!

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

I specifically liked the message on this rub-on decal.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

I cut it apart and used it on both mirrors.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

These are really easy to apply, I just used a pen cap to rub over the backing, releasing the words onto the mirror.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Then slowly peel the backing off, leaving just the letters. You then use the papery side of the backing and rub gently over the rub-on. This kind of burnishes them and ensures the letters are fully stuck down.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Next, I chose a couple of feathers from the water-slide decals. To adhere these, you lay them face down and then cover with a wet sponge or paper towel for about 30 seconds. Just until the backing is thoroughly wet.


Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Then, just slide the backing right off. Don't try to lift the backing off like the rub-on decals, these will slide.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

At this point, they were looking pretty cute but not boho enough so I decided some macrame details were in order.


I used some off-white string I had and started with six lark's head knots on the bottom of each mirror.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Then I added a row of square knots.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

I added another row of square knots underneath the first.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

And then I used the half-knot spiral which is basically just half of the square knot over and over, it makes the yarn twist.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

I wanted just one more little touch that would tie it all together, so I rolled out some Sculpey oven-bake clay and made stars and moons to go with the quote.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

I just drew them onto some scrap paper and used those as my templates.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

And cut them out of the clay by tracing around them with a sharp clay tool, a butter knife would work too.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Poke holes in the top for hanging and bake according to the package directions.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

I painted them gold as well and hung them below the macrame.

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

I think these turned out pretty cute, what do you think?

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Jeez, mirrors are so hard to photograph!! 😒

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

Mirror Upcycle Thrift Shop Flip

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  1. Macrame is back---it's deja vu all over again! These turned out so cute!

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  2. Your mirrors turned out beautiful! I love your imagination! I can't wait to see what you do with the pumpkin!

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  3. I love the mirrors ! Im all about boho granny chic

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  4. I love where you went with these thrift store mirrors, Tania. Your signature boho vibe is an awesome touch and so is the sentiment. Perfect for a little girl's room...or boys.

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    1. Thank you Marie, that's what I thought too... good for little one's room :o)

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