Mosaic Mirror from Recycled Credit Cards – tutorial

Crafts For Kids, Home Accessories

Anyone who read my prior post on how to create a mosaic butterfly mirror know that this is a new passion.

This new passion for mosaic craft was ‘on fire’ when I came across this beautiful but oh-so-easy-to-make mosaic mirror by Kayte Terry at using old plastic credit cards! Great Idea. (Yes, I am collecting cards from all over the house as we speak and I think a project is coming up with plastic reddish store cards instead.)

mosaic mirror recycled credit cards

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This project is so easy, that I want to classify it as kids craft. The only thing that might be hard for kids would be to cut up the credit or store debit cards, and this can be done by an adult ahead of time.

Free Tutorial – Mosaic Craft Project Steps

  • First, cut up old expired credit cards, store debit cards or used-up plastic store gift cards, in squares.
  • Then, use a plain IKEA craft mirror and give it several coats of plain household paint. Gesso + acrylics is fine also. Choose a color that coordinates well with the dominant color of your mosaic pieces.
  • Alternative: if you want, you can make your own timber-rimmed mirror, but this requires more time and is more difficult. The ‘next best thing’ to the IKEA mirror would be to use a piece of rather light wood with smooth edges. Glue an inexpensive dollar-store or craft mirror in the center at the front, and a hanging tag at the back.
  • Last, glue the plastic pieces on the mirror rim on the front randomly. Let it dry thoroughly.
  • If you used a piece of wood instead of a store-bought mirror and it is thick enough, you might prep the edges by smoothing them first with sandpaper then with paint. Then, place a row of little plastic pieces on the sides.

Looks fabulous, don’t you think?!
An incredibly fast, inexpensive and creative alternative to using ceramic mosaic tiles, using some recycled materials. Yes!

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