How to Mount a Mirror to Plywood

By mounting a mirror to plywood, it can serve as a simple homemade mirror on its own, or you can use it as a starting off point for a larger craft product. Try asking your local mirror dealer to cut the glass into shapes such as stars or circles. Then, glue the shapes to the plywood and decorate the edges. You could even mosaic the mirror edge with small pieces of tile and grout. Homemade mirrors can make a personalized gift or can simply add an extra special touch to your home decor.

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Mount mirror to plywood for a homemade mirror.

Step 1

Buy a mirror in the size that you want to mount. You can cut mirror, but the endeavor requires precision and many tools. You can buy mirror from a local dealer.

Step 2

Buy plywood the same size as the mirror. Your local hardware store can cut the wood to your desired size. Be sure to take measurements so you get an exact fit.

Step 3

Cover the floor in a well-ventilated area with a large blanket. The blanket will catch falling glue or splinters from the plywood so that the surface underneath stays clean.

Step 4

Place the plywood flat on the blanket, and cover the surface with wood glue. Run the adhesive tube in lines up and down the wood surface, making sure to apply a line close the edge so that the mirror sticks to the entire piece of wood.

Step 5

Place the mirror on top of the plywood, and gently press down over the entire surface so that the mirror grips the glue and sticks to the wood underneath. Place small clamps around the edge of your plywood-backed mirror so that the two stick together while drying.

Step 6

Wipe any excess glue away from the edges with water and a washcloth before it dries.

Step 7

Let the glue on your plywood mirror dry for a full 24 hours.


Claudia Stanic

Based in Arizona, Claudia Stanic has worked for newspapers since 2007. Her work has also appeared in the magazine "Arizona Highlands." Stanic has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Temple University and has won numerous awards from the Arizona Newspaper Association.