How to Make a Tiled Mosaic Mirror

    by Katherine Kally

    About the Author

    Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.


    Tiled mosaic mirrors add color and texture to your home decor. Upcycle broken ceramics, dishes or tiles by incorporating them into your design, or purchase tiles designed specifically for mosaics to make the project a little easier. Customize the colors and pattern to complement any room, or give the mirror as a personalized gift. You can add the tiles directly to the surface of the mirror or to a frame around the mirror.

    Things You'll Need

    • Mirror
    • Wax paper
    • Painter's tape
    • Tiles
    • Glass adhesive
    • Grout
    • Latex gloves
    • Warm water
    • Sponge

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    Lay your mirror on a flat surface that is covered with wax paper. You can use any shape of mirror, with or without a frame.

    Protect the portion of the mirror that you do not wish to tile with painter's tape and wax paper. This will keep stray glue or grout from getting in the wrong place while defining the area to be tiled.

    Place the tiles or broken ceramics around the mirror face up so you can see the shapes and colors.

    Place a small section of clear Liquid Nail, E6000 or other strong glass glue onto the area to be tiled.

    Press a mosaic tile or broken ceramic firmly into the adhesive. Work in small sections so you can tile the frame before the adhesive dries. Work your way around the perimeter of the mirror.

    Let the adhesive dry completely.

    Grout the sections between the mosaic tiles or broken ceramics, pressing the grout into the spaces with your fingers. Wear gloves for this process.

    Remove any grout residue from the tiles with warm water and a sponge before the grout dries.

    Let the grout dry and remove the painter's tape and wax paper from the mirror.

    • Break ceramics for use as mosaic tiles by placing them in a plastic bag, wrapping the bag in a towel and striking it with a hammer.
    • Place pieces of vintage jewelry into your tiled mosaic frame for added interest.
    • Elevate the mirror by placing it on two small bricks or pieces of lumber to keep the glue from sticking the mirror to the paper as you work.