How to Attach a Wood Frame to a Mirror

Many mirrors are sold as flat pieces of reflective material covered by a thin sheet of glass.

Wood frames are easily attached to mirrors with wood glue.
These mirrors are cheaper to purchase than mirrors that already come inside some kind of decorative frame. If you do not want to pay for the expense of a framed mirror, but like the look, you can add your own wood frame to any lightweight mirror. These mirrors can be used in any room for any purpose. .

Sand the edges of the wood frame with a rough sandpaper. Wipe away any residual dust with a soft cloth.

Place the mirror inside the picture frame, just like you would a picture. Remove the glass from the frame.

Draw a shape onto the plywood roughly the size of the mirror. Use whatever inside edge design you want. Use decorative edging if you want, or you can make straight cuts.

Cut the center out of the plywood sheet using the jigsaw to allow the mirror to shine through. If desired, you can also shape the outside edges of the plywood sheet, using rounded edges or a continuation of the decorative edge used on the inside.

Sand the plywood frame with rough sandpaper, and then follow with a fine grit sandpaper. Wipe the sawdust from the plywood with a soft cloth.

Paint the wood frame and plywood using a color that complements the room where you will hang the mirror. You can also use a wood stain. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Apply a strip of wood glue around each side of the picture frame edges. Place the plywood frame over the picture frame. Hold the two pieces together with large clamps.

Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours. If the picture frame already came with a hanger, use that to hang the mirror. Otherwise, use a small picture hanging kit to screw two hangers into the back of the wood frame.

Things You Will Need

  • Lightweight mirror sized to fit in the wood frame
  • Unfinished wood frame
  • Wood glue
  • Large clamps
  • Plywood sheet as large as the frame or slightly larger
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper (rough and fine grit)
  • Paint
  • Soft cloth
  • Pencil
  • Paint or wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Picture hanging kit


  • If you want to change the appearance of the mirror even more, you can add decorative accents to the frame such as stenciling, 3D objects, or painting.

About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.