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Garden Reflections

DIY Garden Mirror

This easy-to-make garden mirror is a feature that reflects the best parts of your garden

What you will Need

  • Old window frame (approximately 1200 x 530 mm)
  • Large mirror (900 x 400 mm)
  • Wood glue
  • 4 x 75 mm full-thread cut screws
  • 2 x 10 mm wood for beading (400 x 10 mm)
  • 2 x 10 mm wood for beading (885 x 10 mm)
  • 26 x 15 mm stainless steel panel pins

Tools

Measuring tape, pencil, hand saw or circular saw, chisel and hammer, carpenter’s square, cordless drill, screwdriver

Steps

1. Break down your window frame into four pieces, then cut the pieces to size so that the new frame will fit your mirror. The top stile should be 530 mm, the two sides should be 1200 mm each and the bottom stile 400 mm.

2. In the top stile, chisel away the rebate at each end, 400 mm apart, to create slots into which the sides of the frame can fit. Glue the ends of the sides into these chiselled out slots and screw them in place. Double check  the measurements of your mirror and position the bottom stile so that it snugly supports the mirror. Chisel out the rebate again, this time on the on the two sides, and glue and screw the bottom stile in place. Ensure all corners are square so the mirror will fit in easily.

3. Insert the mirror and hammer the wooden beading in place using the panel pins. This will keep your mirror firmly in place.

4. In the garden, dig two holes 150 mm deep to fit the legs of the mirror, then stand the mirror in place. Back fill the hole so that the mirror is firmly supported.