DIH Workshop: How to Create a Mirror Frame with Tile

Posted by: on February 18th, 2013 | 16 Comments
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Snapshot of three steps involved in framing a mirror with mosaic tile


This Do-It-Herself Workshop was a big success! We were so pleased at the great turnout at Home Depot stores across the country. We have a downloadable set of instructions for the Framing a Mirror with Tile project, too, if you didn’t pick them up at the workshop, or if you missed it.

And if you missed this one, don’t worry, we have more Do-It-Herself Workshops ahead. Check our Do-It-Herself Workshops page for current information.  

Sally, of the home improvement blog Homemaking Reality posted an article about the fun she had attending this workshop in the Atlanta area. The article has some great photos of the event and the tile mirror frame project underway.


Here’s the original article announcing the February 2013 Do-It-Herself Workshop: 

This February marks the launch of the first of four Home Depot workshop events inspired by Pinterest! Just like you, we love to browse Pinterest for great home improvement and DIY ideas. Now you can tackle some of your favorite pinned projects at the Do-It-Herself workshop at your local Home Depot store.

In these workshops, our expert store associates will teach you how to save time and money by tackling these home improvement projects.

In the February 2013 Do-It-Herself workshop, you’ll learn how to create a mirror frame with tile. You’ll learn to set tiles using either SimpleMat and grout or adhesive, and you’ll select the right products to update the look of an existing mirror in your home.

We will provide the know-how, products, tools and customer support for all experience levels at the workshop.

Do-It-Herself Workshop — Framing a Mirror with Tile
Thursday, Feb. 21
6:30-8 p.m.

Be sure to follow our DIH Workshop board on Pinterest for more do-it-herself ideas, tips and inspiration. And check out more projects and tutorials from our DIH guest contributors here on The Home Depot blog.


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  1. Wanda Snow says:

    Your instructions state not to put tile on an “older” mirror. Can you be more specific. I have no idea how old it is. We’ve been here 8 years but the house is more than 30 years old.

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  4. [...] Here are the steps (for a more detailed Project Guide, check out the downloadable instructions here): [...]

  5. Robin says:

    Thanks for posting the downloadable instructions. It would be a great tool if this was available for all projects!

    • Craig Allen says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Robin. Other readers have said that, too. We’re working on some improvements to the Apron blog, as well as our Garden Club. The plans include offering an easy way to print the articles and/or download how-to instructions.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  6. Anne P. says:

    This is a great idea, but why would you do it while the mirror is attached to the wall? Why not make it on a flat surface and then hang it on the wall when done?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Bathroom mirrors are often quite large and heavy. Taking one of those down and having a work space big enough can be a problem… and once the tile frame is added to it, it gets even more difficult to manipulate. Tile isn’t that hard to apply to walls, so it makes sense just to create the tile frame in situ. But if you have a smaller mirror, and you think it would be easier to take the mirror down for this project, that will probably work.

      Good question. Thanks, Anne P.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

    • To me, it seemed like this project would be great for dressing up a old builder-grade mirror that is already installed in your home, one that you couldn’t really take down without prying it off the wall and breaking it. Using the SimpleMat, small tiles, and grout caulk they recommend is what makes this easier to do on a mirror that is already installed.

  7. Gina says:

    I was planning on doing this project so I appreciate the instructions. Why does the mirror need to be hanging for the project? I thought I would do it on a tabletop, then hang it.

    • Craig Allen says:

      Anne P. had the same question. Take a look at the answer I gave her. Basically, though, it’s a matter of the weight and size of a lot of bathroom mirrors. They can be pretty big. Since tile is usually applied to vertical spaces, it’s likely easier to apply the tile in this project with the mirror in place. But, if you have a smaller mirror, and a suitable work space, there’s no reason you couldn’t take the mirror off the wall to do the project.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  8. martha youstra says:

    I like this. It would be great in my hubby’s bathroom. Great way to update an old mirror and add pizazz to the room. Thank you.

  9. Cynthia Pinto says:

    Is this project offered at any stores in Palmdale or Lancaster, California ?

  10. Donna says:

    I cannot attend the workshop for the tiled mirror. Do you have work sheets or guides available?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Donna.

      I’m sorry you missed the workshop.

      Yes, we do have printed instructions for the Tiled Mirror project. Check at the top of this article. Click on the link “downloadable instructions for the Framing a Mirror with Tile project” and you’ll be in business.

      (And thanks for asking. Your comment prompted us to add the link.)

      -Craig, from The Home Depot