Faux Mercury Glass Mirror

By  Gini Williams Cagle  for  Xyron

Transform an old picture frame into your very own "antique" holiday décor mirror.

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  • Frame with glass insert, 10”x14”
  • American Crafts Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection: Winter patterned paper, Ephemera Cardstock Die-cuts
  • WorldWin Vellum
  • May Arts Red Twill/Chevron Ribbon (382-34-14), 3/4”, 1 yd.


  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, 5” Creative Station with Permanent/Laminate Cartridge, High Tack Double-Sided Tape, 9” Creative Station, High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint
  • EK Success Martha Stewart Crafts Sterling Glitter

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, vinegar, spray bottle, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. Using photo frame die-cut as pattern, cut same-size panel from paper. Apply adhesive to back side of photo frame die-cut using Xyron 3" Sticker Maker; adhere paper to die-cut. Adhere tree, boy and snowman using Xyron 3" Sticker Maker. Adhere sledding girl to banner using Xyron Double-Sided Tape. Adhere banner to die cut collage.

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  • 2. Run entire die cut collage through Xyron 5" Creative Station to apply laminate to back side and adhesive to front. Trim with scissors.

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  • 3. Freehand cut hills from vellum. Apply adhesive using Xyron 9" Creative Station. Sprinkle with glitter; burnish to paper with finger. Run glittered hills back through Creative Station to apply adhesive on top of glitter.

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  • 4. Adhere die cut collage to glass panel first, followed by glitter hills. (Note: The layers seem backward because they are on back side of glass. The top layer is adhered first.)
  • 5. Combine 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water in small spray bottle. Over covered work surface, lightly mist back of glass, over collage and hills, to create antique-looking blemishes. Spray paint over spritzed glass. Allow to dry for one minute, then use paper towel to blot water-marked areas. Repeat 1-2 times. (Note: Laminating the die cut collage keeps paint from seeping through during this step.)

  • 6. When dry, place glass back in frame. Tie ribbon into large bow; adhere with Xyron Adhesive Dots. Use additional Xyron Adhesive Dots to add dimension to bow tails. Trim as desired.

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  • 1. Xyron's top adhesive film can be used to clean up any extra glitter that may have spilled in your work area.