{DIY} Mirror Boxes

Hello friends! How was your weekend? We had a busy one, full of good friends and the kid’s sports. A nasty cold kept me from doing too much on the project front, but I did manage to help out my mom. We did one of my favorite activities…rearranged all the decor in her Living Room! It’s amazing how new a space can look just by removing some items, and moving others around. I also convinced her to let spray paint work it’s magic on a few things before she decides to replace them! I can’t wait to get my hands on them and convert her to a paint believer.

Today I’ve actually got another promised DIY project from my bookshelves (last week was the Dipped Bottles)! I’m on a roll, but don’t get used to it.


No, we’re not making the tall shore bird. Although that would be fun to try! Some ideas you see and file away for a future ‘maybe.’ Others you can’t get to the store for supplies fast enough. That’s how I felt when Karen at Art of Doing Stuff posted her mirror boxes! I think I made mine the day after discovering her post.

mirror boxes

They don’t take much…just some square mirrors from the craft store, and a glue gun.


I chose beveled mirrors for the sides, and a flat mirror for the base. Since the flat one didn’t have feet, I added cork protectors for the bottom.


Run a thin line of hot glue along the edge of a mirror’s backside, then align it to the outside edge of your base mirror. You have to move fast because the glue dries quickly. If that happens, just peel it off and start again. Then hold the mirror in place for a few seconds until it sets. Repeat this for all four side mirrors, and add a little glue at the inside corner seams if you feel it needs more stability.


About 2 minutes later, you’ve got a pretty little mirror box! It is surprisingly sturdy, too. (Scrape off the black pads before gluing if you think they’ll be seen.)


I’ve got a plant in mine, so the inside stays hidden.


I love how pretty and reflective it is on my shelves. This is one of those things that looks perfect anywhere…shelves, coffee table, kitchen window, side table. Wherever you want to add a little shot of glamour.



I whipped up a few more and grouped them as a dining table centerpiece. I think these have end-of-year teacher gifts written all over them! Especially since they cost less than $7 each.


Thank you, Karen, for the fab idea, and feeding my ‘simple, cheap and easy’ project addiction!

mirror boxes

Anyone running to the store for supplies right this second? Or are you glassy-eyed and mouth-breathing like me, with a red, chapped nose? Which one of you carrier monkeys gave me this wicked cold?!

And P.S….Apartment Therapy has cranked up The Homies….and this year added a Best DIY Blog! Hop over and vote for Hi Sugarplum! if you’re so inclined. It’d be cool to get a vote other than my mom’s. 

** Linking up to Home Stories A to ZThe DIY Showoff, TaterTots & Jello, Serenity Now and Thrifty Decor Chick**

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  1. Simply LKJ wrote:

    What a fun project! Love the way it looks on your bookcase with the plant inside.

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  2. I love this wonderfully easy idea. Thanks for sharing!! I need a few cut shiny decor in my house. I appreciate all your great ideas Cassie!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  3. What fun and easy project. Nice work and feel better soon!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  4. Definitely filing this away for my "craft" day I have planned. Which entails a lot of projects from you!

    And heading over to vote for you now!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  5. Laurie wrote:

    Cassie – Great project. Nothing like a little bling to get a reader going on Monday. By the way I tagged you in a game of 11 questions – hope you play along.

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Cute & Fun – my favorite!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  7. love those – pinning 🙂

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  8. Tiffany wrote:

    I love these…so clever. Also am loving the fabric on the runner. I'm heading over to vote for you!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  9. Very pretty….. and a project that I might actually be able to handle!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  10. Mary wrote:

    I voted! Good luck! 🙂

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  11. Love how these add a glamorous touch! Like a little pop of jewelry on your bookcase!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  12. Hannah wrote:

    SO adorable! I am definitely going to try this. xoxo

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  13. Alexa wrote:

    Oh so so cute Cassie! You've got great ideas for styling around the home!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  14. Danielle wrote:

    Super cute! Wow, love it!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  15. I love any diy project that takes less than 5 minutes and looks sparkly and cute in the end. Perfection!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  16. Love these!!! So glamorous Cassie! You amaze me every week with your DIY projects!

    Posted 2.27.12 Reply
  17. Jane wrote:

    Yes, yes, yes, Hob Lob, here I come!! I love them, especially on the dining room table. Thanks!!

    Posted 2.28.12 Reply
  18. That was very clever and they look amazing. Thanks ever so much for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

    Posted 2.28.12 Reply
  19. Shut the front door Cassie! I was glancing over your shelves trying to figure out what would be some of the projects you talked about, and never would have thought that was! Looks like I'll be adding mirrors to my list today 🙂

    Posted 2.28.12 Reply
  20. So creative you are!! All I can say is cute. Thanks for always inspiring, I love your blog.

    Posted 2.28.12 Reply
  21. Jenny S. wrote:

    This post could not have come at a better time! I had been looking for mirrored boxes everywhere and lo and behold you show me how to make them for CHEAP! You ROCK! Woo Hoo!

    Posted 2.28.12 Reply
  22. Hi Cassie,

    These are just the perfect little touch of bling that every room needs. Thanks for some unique project inspiration 🙂

    Posted 2.28.12 Reply
  23. emily wrote:

    Hope you're feeling better! Love these awesome little boxes. They add the perfect touch of glam to your already fabulous bookshelves.

    Posted 2.29.12 Reply
  24. Danielle wrote:

    I love this idea! Adding it to my never ending crafting list 🙂

    Posted 3.1.12 Reply
  25. René wrote:

    Such a cute idea! Adds just the right amount of sparkle to your shelf.

    Posted 3.6.12 Reply
  26. Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick! I absolutely love this project….perfect for the bookshelves!

    I am pinning it!


    Posted 3.6.12 Reply
  27. Good idea. I always find cute coasters that I have no need for, I might try a version of your idea.

    Posted 3.14.12 Reply
  28. Jennifer wrote:

    I love how the mirror boxes look with plants in them. Great idea!

    Posted 4.9.12 Reply
  29. Haddy wrote:

    I actually made these myself too a few months ago… except I used epoxy but I'll try it with hot glue. Where did you purchase your mirror squares and how much did you pay? I wanted to make more but I'm having a hard time finding the 5" size at my usual place.

    Posted 4.25.12 Reply
  30. Excalibur wrote:

    Great project. I use these on my dining room table. I will now look for some at the craft store in packages. This is a cheap but beautiful gift to give someone. Since we are now retired, I use my sewing and crafting skills more to save money on gifts. Amazing think is we keep giving but people give us dollar store gifts or none at all. My husband likes going to the fabric and craft store with me. He stands in line while I am still looking around. I remember , several years ago we went to church and then to the fabric warehouse closing . It was hot and people were in line. There were approximately 25 people ahead of me. My husband stood there holding my bolts and telling me to go and look around. Everytime I left him, I brought more fabric back. This weekend I will make him his smoking jacket. Thanks for inspiring me.

    Posted 4.26.12 Reply
  31. Hi Haddy — I bought my squares at Hobby Lobby for around a $1 each

    Posted 4.30.12 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    For anyone else looking to make these, Dollar Tree stores sell these beveled mirrors for 1$ a piece. I have made them without a bottom (since they usually are usually just around a small vase,) with E6000 and like that they are only 4$ a pop, which is really inexpensive making them easy to make in bulk for a party. I did this for a shower and had guest take them and the 1$ bud vase full of flowers home at the end as a favor. When I go to friends houses now I inevitably see that they are still using them and have them out around their house (one friend asked how I made them and added a bottom and uses them as Qtip storage in her bathroom.)

    Posted 4.18.13 Reply
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    I purchased the mirrors at the Dollar Tree, assembled them and voila! What a nice idea. I discovered that square tissue boxes fit perfectly into them if you trim about 3/4 inch off the bottom of the box and pop it in. Adds a nice touch of bling to my vanity!

    Posted 2.17.15 Reply
  34. patty davenport wrote:

    Love this idea. Very classy looking. I do have a question. Does it leak when you water the plant? I wasn’t sure the hot glue would work.

    Posted 4.3.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks, Patty. The vase is not water tight, you definitely need to put a vase inside it.

      Posted 4.5.17 Reply
  35. Terry wrote:

    These are fabulous! Moving soon, so will wait to make: no sense in packing anything else breakable 😉 Since bottom mirror doesn’t show, is there something else that could be used for base? Definitely pinning this!

    Posted 12.20.17 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      You could use wood as a base. The craft stores have wood pieces in the wood section. You need to make sure of the dimensions. It could be a 3″x3″ or 4″x4″ or 5″x5″ piece of wood, depending on the size of the mirrors. If you have a 1/2″ thick piece of wood, you would glue the mirror to the sides/edge of the wood, so that the mirror edge and wood are flush.

      Posted 9.19.21 Reply
  36. Vickie wrote:

    These are also great to hold napkins and silverware for parties

    Posted 8.7.18 Reply
  37. nadine watson wrote:

    I made a long window box for Christmas 2 years ago and put red velvet roses and white Nicotania flowers with a rhinestone glued in the center of each flower. Green sparkly leaves finished the arrangement. Spectacular!!

    Posted 5.17.19 Reply
  38. EGinny wrote:

    Love how bougie this is – no one would ever know it’s a dollar store diy!

    Posted 10.19.19 Reply