Final Product

The Mirror of Erised


Basic rectangular wall mirror
Pencil or chalk
Masking tape
Fine sand paper
Soft cloth
Spray paint (primer and gold)
Gold acrylic craft paint
Gold or silver paint pen or metallic Sharpie
Miscellaneous artist brushes
Measuring tape


Measure the mirror. Save the dimensions for later.

Lightly sand the frame of the mirror. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. Cover mirror with newspaper, taping carefully around the edges of the mirror without covering the frame.

In a well-ventilated area, use spray primer to prime the frame. Follow manufacturer's instructions. Follow up with 2 coats of gold spray paint.

While the mirror is drying, determine where it will hang. Using the dimensions taken earlier, mark a space 1” smaller than the mirror dimensions on each side.

Use masking tape to tape the area where the frame will be. Use pencil or chalk to draw the outside edge of the mirror. Add clawed feet to the legs.

Paint with gold craft paint. Add details like swirls and starts.

Using a paint pen or metallic Sharpie, write Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi across the top of the mirror.

After the mirror is completely dry, remove newspaper and masking tape. Mount to painted frame. Touch up if needed.


© Jennifer Ofenstein (ofenjen). Tutorial was taken with permission from

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