How to Make a Pocket Mirror

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How to Make a Pocket Mirror
A pocket mirror can be a handy tool when you can't find a wall mirror. (girl with a mirror image by Ivanna Buldakova from

A pocket mirror is a useful tool when you are at work, school, or somewhere you cannot access a wall mirror. Many types of retailers sell pocket-sized mirrors, but you can easily create your own to use or give as gifts. A homemade pocket mirror allows you to get creative and create a mirror that will be decorative as well as useful. You will need to know how to use air-dry clay to protect your mirror from breaking and to cover the sharp edges.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Small pre-cut mirror (any shape)
  • Waxed paper
  • Air-dry clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Butter knife
  • Rhinestones (optional)

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  1. 1

    Choose the shape for your pocket mirror, and purchase a pre-cut mirror in that shape. Many shapes are available in craft stores. Choose a mirror that will fit nicely into your pocket or purse.

  2. 2

    Choose a colour of air-dry clay to frame and protect your mirror. Choose a colour you like, as the mirror will dry in the colour you choose.

    How to Make a Pocket Mirror
    Air-dry clay is available in bright colours, as well as plain grey or white. (coloured clays image by Joe Houghton from
  3. 3

    Lay a sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface, and place a softball-sized piece of air-dry clay in the centre.

  4. 4

    Use your rolling pin to roll out the ball of clay into a sheet about 1/4 inch thick.

  5. 5

    Press your mirror (backside down) into the centre of the clay. Use a butter knife to remove most of the excess clay from around the edges of the mirror, leaving about 1/4 inch of excess around the very edge of the mirror.

  6. 6

    Fold the remaining excess clay around the edges of the mirror to act as a frame. Smooth the frame around the edge, or use your fingers or other objects to press the clay into interesting textures.

  7. 7

    Press small rhinestones into the clay around the edges of the frame to add some decoration.

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