DIY Project: 4 Ways to Reuse Broken Glass and Mirrors in Your Decor

Decorate backsplashes, dressers, and more!

Updated on December 24, 2018 8:12 am

Erin Trafford and Dan Basquill

DIY Project: Ways to Reuse Broken Glass and Mirrors in Your Decor

It happens to the best of us. We inadvertently bump into a wall, sending a mirror or frame crashing to the ground, shattering to pieces. Or maybe the kids and pets are being too rambunctious in the house and that collection of plates and glassware ends up in shards.

But what if we looked at broken glass and mirrors as an opportunity to think outside the box? There are a multitude of ways to use those broken bits in your home and give them new life and meaning. Whether you break it intentionally or by accident, there is a project for you!

Let’s start with larger-scale projects. These will likely require a bit of planning and, possibly, breaking glass and reflective mirrors on purpose. (Although, if you do have bits of something special, throw them in there, too!)

1. Furniture detailing

Adding Mirror Pieces to a Dresser - Ways to Reuse Broken Glass and Mirrors in Your Decor

Mirrored and reflective glass on accent furniture is all the rage these days. To create your own designer piece, simply remove all the drawers, handles, and hinges from your piece (if applicable) and give it a good coat of primer and two coats of paint in your choice of colour. It’s best in this case to stick to naturals and neutrals in order to let the glass pieces be the showstopper. Black, white, or grey are great choices. Follow the steps above for this DIY project.

2. Beach glass bathroom backsplash

Create Glass Bathroom Backsplash - Ways to Reuse Broken Glass and Mirrors in Your Decor

Alright, let’s take this broken-glass trend into the guest washroom or powder room! Mosaic tiles have been on trend for years and don’t appear to be going anywhere. But they can be pricey! So why not use larger bits of broken coloured glass to achieve that same mosaic feel with a unique flair?

3. Unique family monogram wall hanging

Mirrored Monogram - Ways to Reuse Broken Glass and Mirrors in Your Decor

We don’t all have enough broken glass to cover a piece of furniture or create a tile backsplash. Given that, there are some smaller and easier ways to incorporate this look into your home! Monograms and decorating with typography are all the rage right now, so why not blend the two looks in one simple craft project?

Head to your local crafting store and purchase a wooden letter of your choice. Consider picking one that matches your first or last name! When buying your letter, aim to get one that is large—at least eight to 10 inches tall—and has a flat front. Try to avoid the ones that have a bevel or special edge because it will make finishing your craft more difficult.

4. Mirrored holiday ornament

Make Mirrored Holiday Ornament - Ways to Reuse Broken Glass and Mirrors in Your Decor

Lastly, why not bring a little bling to your holiday decor? Mirrors and glass bits are the best for making a holiday tree or garland extra sparkly and festive. All you need to do is purchase some clear plastic ornaments from a big box store. You can usually grab them for about a dollar a piece starting just after Halloween.

As you can see, broken mirror and glass isn’t always a tragedy. It can present endless opportunities to be creative and bring unique style and life into your home and decor. Happy crafting!

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