How to Make Frosted Mirrors

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How to Make Frosted Mirrors
A frosted mirror can add beauty to your home. (mirror image by Lars Christensen from

Frosting a mirror is a process that makes a mirror appear as if it coated with white frost. You can purchase a frosted mirror, but you can save a significant amount of money by frosting a mirror yourself at home. Whether you stop just short of making the frost permanent--ideal for temporary holiday designs such as Christmas wreaths, Easter eggs and Valentine's Day hearts--or make the frost a permanent part of the mirror, you can turn a common mirror into a delicate-looking piece of art.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Stencil
  • Masking tape
  • Face mask
  • Gloves
  • Work clothes
  • Glass frosting
  • Razor blade
  • Clear acrylic sealer

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  1. 1

    Place the mirror on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area.

  2. 2

    Clean the mirror thoroughly with glass cleaner and paper towels so the frost adheres well.

  3. 3

    Position the stencil on top of the mirror, in the desired location. Tape it down with masking tape.

  4. 4

    Put on a face mask, gloves and work clothes to protect yourself from frost spray.

  5. 5

    Shake the can of glass frosting--brands differ, so read the label to find out how long you need to shake the can. Spray the glass frosting over the stencilled area of glass. Apply light, even coats by spraying in a side to side motion. It will take five to 10 minutes before the frost will begin to show.

  6. 6

    Read the can label to find out how long that particular glass frosting takes to dry. When thoroughly dry, remove the tape and stencil. If you have overspray (frosting that is outside of the design), gently scrap it away with a razor blade.

  7. 7

    Apply a clear acrylic sealer over the frosted design--use the applicator that comes with the product--if you want to keep the frosting on the mirror permanently. Let it dry undisturbed for at least one hour.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase glass frosting and clear acrylic sealer at your local paint or home goods store. Ready-cut stencils are available at arts and crafts stores.

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