Haunted Mirror – A Halloween DIY

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Haunted Mirror

A Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween DIY


Today, I have something really fun for you. If you have hung around here for any time at all, you know that I love Halloween. So, when Jason at Dealspotr.com asked me to collaborate with him on a Halloween post for their website, I was thrilled.

Dealspotr.com is the best community for finding and sharing deals. I used the resources on the Dealspotr website, and armed myself with great coupons for purchasing the supplies I would need. You can read more about that here–they helped me get a lot of Fright for very little Bite!

This DIY Halloween project is really very easy to create.

Here’s what you need:

Haunted Mirror Supplies

  • 1 Can – Krylon Looking Glass Silver Spray Paint
  • 1 – 8″ x 10″ Picture Frame
  • 1 – Image to fit an 8″ x 10″ Frame
  • Scotch Tape

How to Make the Haunted Mirror:

Hauned Miror - During the process

  • Choose your Image
  • Scan Image and create an Inverse Image
  • Print out two copies – 1 Original Image, and 1 Inverse Image
  • Take Glass out of picture frame. Clean Glass very well.
  • Tape the Inverse Image to the front or outside of the glass (image side facing the glass). This allows you to see exactly where your image will be once it is in the frame, and will help you during the spray painting.
  • Place glass image side down on your spraying surface. You can see the image through the glass.
  • Shake Krylon spray paint vigorously
  • Spray the entire glass with a fine mist of paint
  • Then add more paint in small spurts, especially to the areas around your image. You want there to be enough paint to create a mirror, but lighter paint on top of the image so that it shows through.
  • Let the paint dry for at least one hour
  • Remove the Inverse image from the front of the glass and clean glass carefully.
  • Place glass back into the frame–Glass side out, Painted side to the inside.
  • Load the Original Image into the frame

Time for some Tips:

Haunted Mirror - Image Stages - LWL

  • Clean the glass, then wipe it down with alcohol. Any fingerprints or oils will interfere with the paint sticking properly.
  • Blushing: If you get blushing with your spray paint, don’t worry. The Krylon Looking Glass washes right off easily with a little soap and water. (What is Blushing? Blushing occurs when there is high humidity in the air. The moisture settles on the not cured paint and causes a milky whiteness or flat white look in the paint. This happened to me on my first attempt, because I did the spraying after the marine layer came in from the ocean–silly me.)
  • Tips for your Image:
    • Areas not showing up well – I had a large white area on my image over about half the face. So, I used colored pencil to draw it in better.
    • White is showing up to bright – Again, this was the case for me, so I sprayed a light coating of the Looking Glass spray paint directly onto my image to tone it down. This worked great, and also gave the image another dimension.
    • Be sure that you have enough paint around your image to make the glass really look like a mirror. That way your image will appear to be coming through the mirror–a very spooky effect. (You can clearly see the apple in the reflection.)
  • So, just play around with it, until you reach your desired effect.

Being that this project is making a mirror, it is difficult to photograph (at least for me any way). But I think I managed to get some pretty cool shots of the Haunted Mirror–take a look…

Haunted Mirror 4 - Halloween DIY - LWL

Notice the reflections in the mirror…

Haunted Mirror 5 - Halloween DIY - LWL

The reflection here is a hutch. It almost looks like the lady is pushing her way through the wood.

Haunted Mirror 7 - Halloween DIY - LWL

Look at her reaching for that apple–Who is the fairest of them all…

Haunted Mirror 8 - Halloween DIY - LWL

Imagine catching that face out of the corner of your eye…spine chilling.

I hope you have enjoyed our little Haunted Mirror Halloween DIY project. There was a lot of fun had while making it for you. Have a Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween!

Coming Up:

Jason from Dealspotr.com is writing a post that will publish here on Tuesday:
5 Up-cycling Ideas For Kids Room Decorations
Be sure to come by and check them out!

How do you like to decorate for Halloween?

Do you have any Halloween DIY projects planned?

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  1. September 8, 2015    

    I feel like asking that mirror who the fairest of them all is! It’s so lifelike and so spooky! You always come up with the best projects! This would be great at a Halloween party.

    • September 8, 2015    

      It was so fun to make, and we are having a great time with it all ready. 🙂

  2. September 8, 2015    

    That turned out so creepy! I need some of that spray paint!!!!

    • September 8, 2015    

      It is really cool, and that spray paint is amazing! I can think of so many things it will come in handy for. 🙂

  3. September 9, 2015    

    That’s really neat. I’ve never tried to make a haunted mirror and this looks like so much fun.

    • September 9, 2015    

      And it’s pretty easy too, Erlene. Glad you like it! 🙂

  4. September 10, 2015    

    Yikes! How spooky! I love it! We’re throwing a HUGE Halloween bash this year. I’ll have to make one of these!

    • September 10, 2015    

      You will LOVE it, Heather! It is so cool, and it’s an easy project to do. 🙂

  5. September 11, 2015    

    Wow, that is freaky…but cool, too!! Thank you for the tips on how to do it! 🙂

    • September 11, 2015    

      It was super fun to make, and it’s been pretty fun to have hanging around here. Right now, it is sitting at the end of a long hallway…LOL

  6. September 11, 2015    

    Ahhh this is great! Super creepy! Well done!

    • September 11, 2015    

      I’m eerily thrilled that you love this project. I had a great time creating it. 🙂

  7. September 12, 2015    

    Brilliantly creepy!! Where did you find that image? We will have to try this.
    Thank you for having us as co-hosts for the #HomeMattersParty Lorelai!

  8. September 12, 2015    

    This looks so cool! What an awesome idea for Halloween!

    • September 12, 2015    

      THanks, we are excited to use it for Halloween…so fun! 🙂

  9. September 13, 2015    

    So cool! I love this as a Halloween decoration. I think it would scare my kids…hee hee. So happy to be co-hosting #HomeMattersParty this month.

  10. September 13, 2015    

    Ah! So creepy. I love that you were able to do this so simply and the tips are really helpful. I will definitely be trying this!!

  11. September 14, 2015    

    OMG!! That is absolutely stunning and scary !! screams halloo-weeeen 😉 Love the way you used glass spray paint Lorelai. #HomeMattersParty.

  12. September 14, 2015    

    This is so eerie! And perfect for this time of year. It’s been fun being involved with the #HomeMattersParty with you!

  13. September 15, 2015    

    This is so cool! My friend and I are hosting a scrapbooking event on Halloween and I really think we need to make some of these. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  14. September 15, 2015    

    Oh wow – very effective and unique treatment. Very creepy 😉

    It’s been a another great #HomeMattersParty weekend co-hosting with you!

  15. September 16, 2015    

    Good Morning Lorelai!! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your feature and link up!

    • September 16, 2015    

      Oh my gosh! I’m so honored, thank you. 🙂 I will definitely be by to check it out! 🙂

  16. September 16, 2015    

    That’s something I’ve never seen made before! So cool–and spooky! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

    • September 16, 2015    

      So glad you like it, Amanda! 🙂

      • Martha Martha
        September 24, 2015    

        I love this and can’t wait to make it…where can i find the picture?

        • September 24, 2015    

          So glad you enjoyed this project. I just did a google search and found a picture that spoke to me. 🙂

  17. September 17, 2015    

    This would definitely scare a lot of people. Such a neat project! Have a great day!

  18. September 17, 2015    

    This is amazing! I love this and I am wondering if I can get a good spray with the humidity we have here in Florida. I also don’t know how to print and inverse image. This is such a great project for Halloween. I will be pinning this and sharing at FB and Twitter. I would love it it you would stop by on Saturday after 8 PM EST and share this at Celebrate it Sunday!

  19. September 18, 2015    

    Loreli, this is so cool! My girlfriend has a Halloween party each year, I will pass this great idea on to her!

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