If you love mid-century, you’ll love this project: a set of mid-century modern dollhouse mirrors. It’s an easy one, too! The hardest part is probably cutting the mirror, which has to be done manually 😱 with scissors.
These miniature mirrors can also be enlarged or made smaller to suit your preferred sizes!
I’d say the best material to make these mirrors is stained basswood to achieve the most realistic effect. I tried all of my gel stains (maple, oak, and walnut), just because! Here’s a comparison picture of the 3 different stains, if you can get past the blurriness 😜. Which one do you like best?
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Materials for Mid-Century Mirrors
- 1/32″ basswood sheet
- Flexible mirror sheet
- Wood glue and/or Aleene’s Tacky glue
- Gel stain (I used Oak, Walnut, and Maple)
- Optional: sealant (like Mod Podge) in satin
- Cricut Maker
- Purple StrongGrip Mat and Knife blade
MCM Mirror Templates/SVG file
You can download the PDF printable here to trace it on the wood and mirror sheet. The measurements shown here is a start. From there, you can adjust to enlarge or make smaller as you wish. I recommend resizing them as a group to maintain the proportion.
To get the SVG file, head on to the resource library (you will need a password).
The Resource Library is where I keep my digital goodies, such as SVG cut files, dollhouse printables, and other miniature templates. It’s a thank-you gift to my email subscribers! If you’re already a subscriber, you can refer to my latest email for the library password. Not a subcriber yet? You can sign up for free here!
This post includes a video tutorial on importing and resizing the SVG file in Design Space.
You will want to cut one material at a time. To do so, hide the other material by clicking the “eye” icon on the right hand side in Design Space.
That was my first GIF ever — hahaha!
For the basswood base, cut 2 pieces of each shape, one at perpendicular direction to the other.
I tried cutting the mirror sheet using 1/16″ basswood setting and wasn’t successful. What I ended up doing is run a couple of passes of the mirror shapes on the mirror sheet to generate tracing lines. Then, I simply cut them out using scissors following the tracing lines.
Assembly (it’s very straightforward!)
- Stain the wood pieces
- Glue them together
- Sand the edges to smooth out
- Seal the wood with a satin-finish sealant
- Attach the mirror sheet on