Beaded Wall Mirror

A few weeks ago, I was in West Elm and about fell over when I saw a lovely navy and white beaded mirror hanging on the wall.  It was stunning and was hand beaded in India.  I was not in love with the price, however.  I promptly looked to my mother in law and said, I could totally make this!  Today I am sharing my West Elm inspired Beaded Wall Mirror.

West Elm inspired Beaded Wall Mirror, Delineate Your Dwelling
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supply list

Cardboard Circle
Round Mirror, 6-Inch
Four different sets of decorative beads
(gray . green . white)
(the quantity of beads depends on how big your mirror and cardboard is)
I also used an inexpensive beaded necklace with gold and aqua.
Hot Glue
Xacto Knife

Beaded Mirror supplies
1. Using a large bowl, I traced a circle onto my cardboard and cut it out with an xacto knife.  I used hot glue to secure the mirror back to my cardboard.  I also added a line of hot glue to the mirror perimeter.

2. For each color of bead that I glued down, I painted a thin strip of acrylic paint underneath it, so if any cardboard was seen, it would blend in with the beads.  After the paint was dry, I simply glued the beads down section by section.

3. Next was a gray bead, so I painted a gray line along the outside of the white beads.

4. Row by row, this is how I created my mirror.

Beaded Mirror steps
5. This was not a quick project.  I worked on it off and on for two days.  The painting takes time to dry and then I ran out of the green beads, so I had to go to Hobby Lobby to get more.  It certainly could probably be done in an  afternoon if you were uninterrupted.

Another tip I learned was to cut your cardboard bigger than you will need.  I ended up having to cut an additional piece and glue it down so I could have a 3″-4″ strip of the beads.  It ended up working just fine, but this was also part of the reason it took me so long.

Beaded Mirror, Delineateyourdwelling.com

Once all the beads were in place.  I simply took my Xacto knife and cut the cardboard right along the edge of my last row of beads.

I added a picture hanger to the back but it’s so light weight, I could have easily used a Command Strip, too.

Beaded Wall Mirror closeup

 

This mirror turned out better than I could have expected.  It will be proudly hanging in our updated master bedroom.  Goodbye to burnt orange and hello to blues, greens, gold and whites… ah, guys it’s looking good so far.

West Elm inspired Beaded Wall Mirror, Delineate Your Dwelling

You might have seen on Instagram where I shared a sneak peek into our Master Bedroom plans.

Master bedroom

Here is the start of my Master Bedroom DIYs!  Slowly but surely it will get there.

Update : To see the completed room, go here!

32 thoughts on “Beaded Wall Mirror

  1. Hi Love this mirror .Just an idea but you could also run a strand of beads along the outer edge so the cardboard is Completley hidden 😉
    I am a jewelry maker by trade so this is a great way to use up those extra strands of beads I bought but never used. I’m going to make this using Afew strands of pearlescent shell beads I have had sitting around in my beading box. If I can I will post a pic when it’s finished to show how it turned out . Thanks for the inspiration ! 💚🌍

    1. Ah, great idea Jess! And yes you should definitely send me pics or tag me when you make your beaded mirror!!

  2. Great tutorial. I made one using purple pearls, white, black and dark aqua crystal beads. It turned out really pretty. I have so many beads I think I’ll make a few more in different sizes and place them together.

    1. Oh my, that sounds lovely! I keep wanting to make another one of these… I bet grouping them together would be beautiful!

  3. I remember seeing a photo of your inspiration mirror a couple of weeks ago {Instagram I believe}, so I was really excited to see how fabulous your mirror turned out. Once again, you rocked it! Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle!

    1. Yes, this is a great project for tons of beads!!! Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make one, I’d love to see it!

  4. OH my goodness, I just love this! What a great custom piece that really pops! I like it better than the West Elm one, for sure 🙂 Can’t wait to see your bedroom – that instagram photo has me jonesing to know!

    1. Haha, yes there are many of us… it’s just finding the time for me! I’ve got a list a mile long of projects “I could totally make!”

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