Turn a Charger into a Mirror

Turn a Charger into a Mirror
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It’s time to show y’all another project I did for the awesome readers over at Infarrantly Creative. I’m a contributor to IC so please come over and and say hello sometime. Ornate wall mirrors can be pricey and grouping several together could break your budget. Today, let me show you how ridiculously easy and inexpensive it is to Turn a Charger into a Mirror!

How to Turn a Charger Plate into a Mirror

Most of us own some type of chargers, but let’s get real here, how often do we actually use them?

For the exception of very special events or holiday meals, our charges rarely see the light of day. I say let’s bring them out of hiding and put them to good use…. on your wall!

placesetting using chargers

If you don’t own any, I recommend checking out Pier One. They always have a large collection of beautiful chargers to chose from. For this project I wanted a more ornate look. I chose 2 styles I liked. One was a ruffled edge wood charger in white with a bit of distressing. Pretty isn’t it? This charger sat on the wall ledge in my daughter’s Bead Board Bathroom for months (shhh…they haven’t noticed I snagged it from there yet!)

white charger

The other charger I chose had a black iron scrolled look. I needed white though, so I spray painted it in Heirloom White. Look for shapes and designs you love then if you need to change the color, simply spray paint it.

black iron chargerspray paint charger

Check the diameter of the center of your charger. Most run around 7 inches. Craft stores carry many different sizes of mirrors and they are quite affordable.  These 7 inch mirrors were under $3 each!

Mirrors

Apply adhesive to the back of the mirror and gently press your mirror in the center of the charger. You can use any adhesive you like, hot glue, silicone, E-6000, etc.

glue mirror

Allow your adhesive to set up, then flip your charger mirror over and hot glue on either a saw-tooth hanger or like I used… a soda can tab! I love these things! Think UP-CYCLING people! I’ve used soda can tabs on other wall light weight art projects like my Ceiling Medallion Wall Art and it has never failed me. Just load up on the hot glue.

Hot glue on soda tab

And there you have it, a beautiful mirror made out of a charger you were never using in the first place! How easy is that? Use one or group many together for a beautiful mirrored wall display!

How to turn a charger into a mirror

Turn Chargers into Mirrors

Turn a charger into a mirror

You can Turn a Charger into a Mirror in under 15 minutes! If you enjoy décor crafts like this one then you might enjoy the Décor Craft tab up top!

Kim

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Comments

  1. These are gorgeous! I have a set of chargers, and now I know what to do with them! Thanks so much!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  2. Fantastic! Great, easy idea. Stop by for a blog visit I have a paper wreath giveaway this week!

  3. Fantastic! Great, easy idea. Stop by for a blog visit I have a paper wreath giveaway this week!

  4. That’s awesome!! Just spray paint and glue, I can manage that.

  5. Your charger mirrors are gorgeous!!! What a genious idea–love, love, love it!

  6. OK I HAVE to know what is that blue wall color? I LOVE it and have 23 paint samples on my wall trying to come up with that one I see in the picture. PLEASE HELP!!

  7. Kim, this is brilliant. And I’m so glad you posted it, because I’ve been considering grouping several mirrors and needed a couple of unusual ones. Now I know how I can get them!

  8. What a great & yet simple idea! The pretty chargers are what makes these, so I’m off to find some that will work. I might already have the mirrors!

  9. Brilliant. Plus you can still take them off the wall and just have a mirrored charger for special occasions, right?

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

  10. Love this idea! What a great look – thanks for sharing!

  11. I LOVE these! They would be perfect for my dining room. Thanks for the idea! I would love for you to share this at my link party
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/04/share-it-link-party-6.html

  12. Great Idea! I have some of those mirrors that have been in my closet unused for years. Now I just have to find some chargers.

  13. This is brilliant! Like it!

  14. This is brilliant! Like it!

  15. Love this! A simple craft with a big impact…perfect!

  16. Love the idea! Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  17. This is so awesome! I like the way they are grouped together in row :)

  18. These look fantastic! I love grouping of mirrors and you did it perfectly!

  19. love, love, love these. so clean and fresh!
    kiki
    http://www.kikicreates.blogspot.com

  20. This is a fabulous idea and I wanted you to know I featured it on my blog today!

  21. Perfect I have a stack of chargers that I was going to toss now I’m going to save some, love this idea!!

  22. LOVE this! What a brilliant idea! I’m picturing a wall-o-mirrors with this technique. Brilliant!

  23. Excuse my ignorance but what exactly is a charger? Never seen these before but love the blog and now want to find some! Lol

  24. Hi Kim –
    I found your blog via Serenity Now Saturday post. Love the charger mirror and your blog. I’ve just spent the last hour reading about some of your great ideas and turotials. Thanks for being real!
    -renee

  25. Mandy Luedke says:

    Hi! So pretty. I have a thought. I have read before that when glueing mirrors you need to use a specific kind of adhesive in order that the back of the mirror doesn’t pull apart. Have you heard this and/or have you experienced any trouble with the adhesive doing that? Thank you!!

    • Hi Mandy! You know, I’ve heard about that before, but never recently. I’ve been making mirrors for years and I’ve never had that happen (yet!!) I imagine if you rip off the mirror from the charger, it might rip of the backing, but it shouldn’t be a problem. The mirror is so light weight. Thanks!

    • Liquid Nails makes a mirror adhesive for anything from mirrors on crafts to hanging them on the wall. LN-930 is the type on the tube. Be careful using things like super glue because the fumes in it can cause the silver to peel or the mirror to have spots. Hot glue wouldn’t have the fume problem, but could cause spotting from the heat. (I don’t work for Liquid Nails, i promise!! But i did do supply ordering for a glass company a few years ago. =D )

    • Great tips Heidi! Thanks ;)

  26. these are fabulous. i always have sticker shock when i see beautiful mirrors. i imagine i could find a few places for some of these. i can’t wait to check out more of your blog.

  27. these are fabulous. i always have sticker shock when i see beautiful mirrors. i imagine i could find a few places for some of these. i can’t wait to check out more of your blog.

  28. Oh I love this! I have always wanted a wall of mirrors and this makes it so affordable to have on! I am bubbling with possibilities! Thank you for this awesome post.
    GiddyNiddy

  29. These are very pretty. I may have to try this.

  30. Wow, so beautiful!! My only question is what is a plate charger? I’m from South Africa and not too sure… Stunning work!!!

    • Hi Candy- You’re email is not activated on your account so I’m responding here. If you look at the 2nd picture in the post, you’ll see the charger under the blue & white plate. Basically, a charger is like a glorified placemat! It also can be called a charger plate. It’s used under dinner plates for special occasions and is usually placed on top of a tablecloth. :)

  31. This is so clever! I’m heading over to Pier1 and pinning this post. Thanks!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I just did this with six silver chargers from Hobby Lobby and their “candle holder” mirrors which are beveled on the edge (when they were half-off). Each charger was $1.99 and each mirror was $2.49 during the half-off sale. I had the E6000 already. $26.88 plus tax and we’re done. It turned out so beautiful! I’m using the six in “two rows of three” above my stepdaughter’s full size bed (she’s heading off for her junior year in college). They were done lickety-split and look so classy. Thank you for the wonderful quick idea! TJ from Houston

  33. FANTASTIC! I Love these mirrors!!!

  34. This is such a great idea – my kind of project – quick, easy and fabulous! They look great on your wall.

  35. Hi! These looked so beautiful that when I saw them on pinterest I went out to Pier 1 and bought the exact same chargers! My question is how many layers of spray paint did you do to get the black chargers to look like that? Did you sand them down at all? I’ve done one layer on each side of the black charger so far and the black is still coming through pretty strong. Any advice? Thanks! So creative!

    • Hi Mairin!
      This was so long ago, but I don’t think it took more than 2 coats. I used Heirloom White by Rustoleum, which is carried at both Lowe’s & Home Depot. The paint has amazing coverage. If you are using a different spray paint then that might be the issue. I highly recommend any Rustoleum brand.
      Hope that helps!
      ~KIM

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