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:
- 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:
- 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:
- 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…
Notice the reflections in the mirror…
The reflection here is a hutch. It almost looks like the lady is pushing her way through the wood.
Look at her reaching for that apple–Who is the fairest of them all…
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!
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!
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42 thoughts on “Haunted Mirror – A Halloween DIY”
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.
It was so fun to make, and we are having a great time with it all ready. 🙂
That turned out so creepy! I need some of that spray paint!!!!
It is really cool, and that spray paint is amazing! I can think of so many things it will come in handy for. 🙂
That’s really neat. I’ve never tried to make a haunted mirror and this looks like so much fun.
And it’s pretty easy too, Erlene. Glad you like it! 🙂
Yikes! How spooky! I love it! We’re throwing a HUGE Halloween bash this year. I’ll have to make one of these!
You will LOVE it, Heather! It is so cool, and it’s an easy project to do. 🙂
Wow, that is freaky…but cool, too!! Thank you for the tips on how to do it! 🙂
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
Ahhh this is great! Super creepy! Well done!
I’m eerily thrilled that you love this project. I had a great time creating it. 🙂
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!
This looks so cool! What an awesome idea for Halloween!
THanks, we are excited to use it for Halloween…so fun! 🙂
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.
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!!
OMG!! That is absolutely stunning and scary !! screams halloo-weeeen 😉 Love the way you used glass spray paint Lorelai. #HomeMattersParty.
This is so eerie! And perfect for this time of year. It’s been fun being involved with the #HomeMattersParty with you!
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!
Oh wow – very effective and unique treatment. Very creepy 😉
It’s been a another great #HomeMattersParty weekend co-hosting with you!
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!
Oh my gosh! I’m so honored, thank you. 🙂 I will definitely be by to check it out! 🙂
That’s something I’ve never seen made before! So cool–and spooky! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!
So glad you like it, Amanda! 🙂
I love this and can’t wait to make it…where can i find the picture?
So glad you enjoyed this project. I just did a google search and found a picture that spoke to me. 🙂
This would definitely scare a lot of people. Such a neat project! Have a great day!
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!
Loreli, this is so cool! My girlfriend has a Halloween party each year, I will pass this great idea on to her!