Miniature Gold Round Mirrors – Tutorial and Templates (PDF and SVG)

set of dollhouse miniature gold mirrors

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I set out to make just one mirror, and ended up with four of these miniature gold round mirrors. Actually I made more mirrors in other shapes as well (you may already know from my Instagram post). So yes, there will be more mirror templates in the near future.

These mirrors are made with stacked layers cardstock and painted gold. Much easier than metal or resin! Of course, you can color the frames in any color to fit your miniature decor style.

Psst…. a couple of miniature campaign dressers would make a great accompanying piece to these mirrors!

miniature gold starburst mirror on a fireplace in a dollhouse 1:16 scene

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MATERIALS TO MAKE MINIATURE GOLD ROUND MIRRORS

miniature gold round mirror above a dollhouse fireplace

TEMPLATES FOR THE MIRROR FRAMES

There are 4 templates for the mirror frames.

  1. The “quartet” mirror with 4 crossing circles comes in 2.5″ and 2″ sizes.
    • This design is inspired by Anthropologie’s Quartet mirror, hence the name. I know, I’m not very creative with names.
  2. The “wavy” mirror comes in 2″ diameter, but it can be enlarged, if you prefer. Make sure to enlarge the backing by the same size.
    • This design is originated from the the backing for the “rattan” version 2 below. I love how simple it is, but the waviness adds a bit of interest.
  3. The “rattan” mirror version 1 is 2″ and can accommodate 1″ craft mirror, if you prefer to use a real mirror.
    • This design is inspired by Anthropologie’s discontinued rattan-bordered mirrors. I wanted to make it easier by using cardstock and might as well paint it gold. I made the version 2 first, but prefer this version 1 because it can fit a real mirror.
  4. The “rattan” version 2 is also 2″, with a bigger mirror surface compared to version 1.
    • You can use the “wavy” backing for this mirror as well.
a group of handmade dollhouse mirrors made of cardstock

Both SVG and PDF files for the mirrors can be downloaded from the resource library (check under “miniature templates”). My resource library is where I house all PDF and SVG files for dollhouse miniatures. Subscribers can access the whole library for free! Just refer to my latest email to get the password.

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IMPORT SVG FILE INTO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

Go to this post on how to import into Cricut Design Space and resize the pieces to the correct dimension.


INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE MINIATURE GOLD ROUND MIRRORS

Step 1: Cut the frames and mirror

Using Cricut or another die-cut machine, cut one (1) backing and three (3) of the frame. You could use only one layer of frame, though it wouldn’t have the depth like a real mirror frame does.

materials to make miniature gold mirrors

I use the Heavy Cardstock 100lb setting on Cricut. The default cuts only one pass, I did another pass to completely cut through. (I don’t recommend running a second pass on designs with lots of narrow/sharp corners, as it usually messes up said corners).

Using the backing template, cut chrome vinyl (with Cricut) or flexible mirror sheet (with scissors) for the mirror.

Step 2: Layer the frames

One layer at a time, dab (don’t drag) the glue stick to the back of the cardstock frame and attach to the second frame. Alight properly and press firmly to eliminate any gaping. Repeat for the last/third frame. Put under a heavy item (like an old college textbook) while the glue dries.

layers of cardstock stacked together to make frame for miniature gold mirror

Step 3: Paint!

Spray paint the frame and backing. Make sure the corners and inner and outer edges are also covered.

painted cardstock frame of miniature mirror

Step 4: Attach mirror to the backing

When the paint is dry, attach the vinyl/mirror to the backing. Align them as best as you can, and cut off excess mirror material that extends beyond the backing, so they don’t show.

If you’re making Rattan #1 with a 1″ craft mirror, place the mirror in the middle of the 1.2″ backing.

Step 5: Attach frame to the mirror

Dab glue on the back of the frame, and attach it to the mirrored backing. Again, put under a heavy book while the glue dries.

miniature mirror attached to the painted frame

COMPLETE!

I love making these miniature gold round mirrors. They’re very versatile and an easy way to a touch of glam in any scenes.

miniature dollhouse mirror above a sofa against planty wallpaper

Made your own? I’d love to know!

What motivates me the most is seeing you use my tutorials to make your own minis! There are many ways you can share your projects:

  • comment below to let me know (or if you have any questions about it–for the benefit of others also!)
  • link back to my site or this tutorial,
  • tag me on Facebook or Instagram,
  • share your version on my Facebook group!

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