Wedding Week: How to Make a Mirrored Sign -the Easy Way
Wedding Week: Day 4
Welcome to Day 4 of Wedding Week! Hope you're enjoying this series 'cause I'm having a blast!
Many of you have probably seen those fancy handwritten mirrors on Pinterest and YouTube "how-to" videos. Truth be told, unless you're a skilled calligraphist or other type of artist, it can be very tricky getting all the letters to line up just so.
Recall that I featured one in the staged wedding reception that I created in my backyard. Today I'm going to show you how to make a handwritten mirrored sign the easy way.
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Tools Needed to Make a Mirrored Sign for Your Wedding
What You Will Need
- A mirror
- Easel (a base for the mirror)
- 2 Bistro markers (non-permanent); 1 fat tip, 1 thin tip (See linked photo below for the brand I use, since I planned to return this mirror back to its place)
- For permanent writing use this more vibrant Sharpie Uni-paint Marker
- Double-sided tape
- The message you plan to write on the mirror
- A rubber cuticle pusher (Sold at any drug store. See photo examples below)
Step 1: Select a Font & Message
Using your favorite software, select a font that you like best. Type your message and print it out on large paper. You will want to make sure that the size of your message is neither too big, or too small for your mirror.
Step 2: Cut out Message
Once your message is printed, cut it out carefully one word at a time - NOT one letter at a time. Be sure NOT to cut apart any of the letters. The reason? We want all the letters in the words to remain perfectly straight. Notice in the photos below that I kept all of the letters attached. Don't worry, it will be easy to fill in the gaps later.
Step 3: Position and Attach Cut Out Message to Mirror
After cleaning your mirror, use double-sided tape to attach your message to the front of it. Make sure the cutout is straight. The easiest way to do that is with a leveler. The scrolling on the mirror I was using (which came from my bedroom by the way) made it easy to just eyeball the leveling.
Step 4: Trace Cut Out Message and Remove from Mirror
Using the fine tip bistro marker, trace around the edges of the words you just mounted. Don't worry about getting it perfect right now we'll fix that later. If you are using the permanent chalk pen, you will have to use a razor to remove any mistakes. When you remove the template, the mirror should look like this.
Step 5: "Color" in the Text
Using the fat tipped bistro marker, carefully fill in the hollow text.
Step 6: Clean Up Jagged Edges
The rubber tip cuticle pusher is perfect for cleaning any ragged edges. You will find that the rubber tip does not leave streaks, and the handle makes it easier to keep a steady hand. This will greatly refine the look of the lettering.
Step 7: Mount on an Easel and Enjoy!
To soften the edges of the mirror add flowers, bows, or even tree branches for a more rustic look. This entire process took about 30-45 minutes to complete.
Et voila! C'est ça! Now all you have to do is enjoy!
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- If you made one of these what would your message say?
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