DIY Customised Compact Mirror

Hey guys.
So today's post is another DIY.
For those of you who don't know, I love crafting/making things and that is one of the main topics I wanted to start this blog for. So hopefully now the rush of Christmas is all over and done with, I can focus on getting more of these sort of posts written up :)

I have customised a few compact mirrors in the past (will include a photo at the end of the post), for friends/family and sold a couple online too. The only problem is, whenever I make something I always put off making myself one because I just end up telling myself "I don't have time"!
So the other day I was sorting through my handbag and realised since I changed my face powder, I now no longer have a mirror in my bag. My old pressed powder was a mirror combo compact you see.

Anyway, I remembered I still had some of the blank ones in my crafting drawer, calling out to be decorated. Decided I DID have time as not only will it be handy for me, but thought it'll also make a good post for you guys, (well I'm hoping so anyway)!
Just remember these make gorgeous little handmade gifts. Maybe an idea for any birthdays you have coming up? So fun to make and made to suite your personal requirements.

To start with you're going to need to following materials:
·      Compact mirror to decorate
·      Your choice in colour of flat back rhinestone - the ones I used can be found cheaply on eBay. I used two different sizes; 5mm approx 100 and 3mm approx 3 were used to fill in any small gaps.
·      A toothpick with a bit of blu/white tack on one end - this allow you to pick up the rhinestones easily. You can buy special pencils/tools but why waste money when this works just as well?
·      Gem-Tac glue - I couldn't find my own bottle to add in the photo, I just had my small tube at hand, but will add a photo for you to see what it looks like. A full bottle can be brought on eBay for around 8 and lasts for ages. Although if you didn't wish to spend that much some sellers sell them in small tubes like my one in the photo for around 2
As I have all of the supplies needed, I am happy to sell little DIY kits to anyone who may be interested in giving it a go themselves. Just leave a comment below if you'd like more info on buying a kit.

Okay so now you have everything together we can get started...

Step 1)
Apply a small amount of glue around the rim of your mirror. I find working your way around the compact layer by layer, makes it easier and a lot neater rather than going from left to right.

Step 2)
Using the little pick up tool you made, start placing the rhinestones around the mirror.

Step 3)
All you need to do now, is continue following steps 1 & 2 to complete your mirror.

Now you will have a cute compact mirror to pop in your handbag for those moments you need to re-apply the lippy! As mentioned at the beginning, these do make really cute handmade gifts and you can just let your imagination run wild with the design.

If you like posts like this one let me know if you'd like to see more and feel free to pop over here and see my DIY epicycle photo frame.

If you do end up making one yourself, I would love to see. Either tag me on Twitter or Instagram: @Hannah24310 or by using the hashtag: #HannahDIY

Love Hannah xx

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Other designs I have made in the past…
Let me know if you'd like to see a more "complex" design like these ones.


  1. Hannah this is amazing!!! I love making things but I'm the same - I always say oh I don't have time! This is such a simple idea though but love how you can make intricate designs!

    I definitely love these type of posts and would love to see more DIY posts!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    1. So it seems none of my replies worked on this post for some reason :( glad you like it Jodie thanks for the comment! Look forward to creating more DIY posts. Hannah xx

  2. Them mirrors look like the one I got from Primark but they just have crappy plastic covers instead of rhinestones. I want one of yours instead!! Such a good post xx

    1. Thanks Abbie :) yeah the mirror blanks are like a metal material so a lot more sturdy than plastic ones. Hannah x

  3. These are amazing! Love it. Also love the batman one too! These would make awesome presents. You should set up an easy shop haha xx

    1. Thanks for the comment Beckie :) I never got on too great with etsty but I do sometimes go to craft markets to sell and sometimes on FB/eBay. Hannah x

  4. OMG I am in love, also I may or may not have got too excited over the tiny triangle dish!! That is the cutest thing!! These are calling for a giveaway once you get to 1000 on BL? :) XX

    1. Haha thanks Gemma :) it's called a "magic tray". It helps you get the crystals the right way up by giving it a little shake! You could have an idea there ;) although think that'll be a long wait ha! Hannah x

  5. Wow, well done, girlie! It looks so neat! I am amazed at how well you managed this DIY. I know exactly what you mean when it comes to time we never have it. Yet, we absolutely MUST make it sometimes to enjoy little things (and fun DIYs) ;)
    Have a great weekend, girlie!
    xox Nadia

    1. As always thanks for your support Nadia :) I hope to bring you more DIY posts throughout this year. Hannah xx