Mylar mirrors are shatterproof, as they are made out of shiny sheets of plastic. They are particularly good for use around children. Many baby toys incorporate Mylar mirrors since babies love to look at themselves, and are particularly bad candidates for playing with typical mirrors. Mylar mirrors can be made in any shape or size.
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Things you need
- Sheets of Mylar
- Cardboard or other stiff backing material
- Glue (craft glue, contact cement or other)
- Permanent marker
- Frame (optional)
Cut your cardboard or other mirror backing to the size and shape you want. Your first few projects should be squares or rectangles, since they are easier to work with.
Lay the Mylar on a table and put the backing that you prepared in step on top of it.
Draw a line with the permanent marker on the Mylar using the backing as a template. If you intend to frame your mirror, you may trace right next to the backing. If you want to leave it unframed, leave an inch margin all the way around the backing template so that you may use the extra Mylar to wrap around the backing.
Cut the Mylar, using your permanent marker line as a guide.
Glue the Mylar to the backing, using a thin film of glue and smoothing out any wrinkles as you go.
Fold the extra Mylar, if you have any, over to the other side of the backing and glue down. You might need to weight your project down with a book or other heavy object while it dries to keep everything in place.
Place your mirror in a frame, if desired.