Moroccan-style Mirror

Intermediate - Half a day - Complete


Moroccan-style Mirror  How to make a Moroccan-style mirror

Craving a change of scenery? Transport yourself to the Marrakech medina with this cardboard Moroccan-style mirror. Now every morning will feel like the first day of an exotic vacation...


  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Retractable knife
  • Small, sharp blade
  • Sponge brush
  • 4 pieces of 2-ply cardboard at 17.5 x 25 cm
  • Hot glue
  • White craft glue
  • Sheet of paper
  • Brown Kraft paper
  • Sand paper
  • Rice paper
  • Masking tape
  • Gesso
  • Small mirror, around 10.7 X 14 cm
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Clear varnish
  • Craft gold dusting (optional)

For the Moroccan-style frame

  • Cut a piece of paper to size of mirror
  • Draw half of a Moroccan ogee arch


  • Fold paper in half. Cut out arch, keeping the outline. This will be the stencil for your frame.


  • With the retractable knife, cut 2 pieces of 2-ply cardboard to size


  • Attach the 2 pieces together with masking tape. 


  • Cut out interior of the arch:
    • Use the retractable knife for straight lines
    • Use the smaller blade for curved lines

  • Using hot glue, glue cardboard together.


  • Smooth down sides of arch with sand paper.
  • Line the interior of the arch with masking tape.


  • Using craft glue, cover the entire surface of the frame with small pieces of Kraft paper

TIP: Rip the Kraft paper instead of cutting it to give your frame an old-world look.

  • With a sponge brush, spread a thin layer of gesso over the frame. Let dry.
  • Once dry, smooth down with sand paper. 


  •  Outline contours of frame with a marker


  •  Add some interest and depth with stickers.

  • Create a gold border using glue and gold dust. 

  • Spread frame with another layer of gesso and let dry.
  • Smooth down with sand paper.
  • Paint frame in the color of your choice. Don't forget the sides of the frame and a few centimeters in back. This will give your frame some polish.

Putting the mirror together

  • Trace mirror on 2 pieces of cardboard.
  • Cut along lines and remove cardboard. This will be for the back of your mirror. 

  • Glue pieces of cardboard together.
  • Glue back of mirror to the cardboard.
  • Cover the back with rice paper and attach using craft glue diluted with water.


  • Spread 2 layers of varnish over frame. Sprinkle with gold dust.


  • Hang your mirror.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
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