It happened — you broke a mirror. But before you start worrying about the seven years bad luck, (we promise it’s a myth!) your most immediate concern should be what to do with all the potentially dangerous broken glass. While there is a safe way to throw away a broken mirror, you might find that inspiration strikes right as the glass shatters. And if you’re feeling crafty, that broken mirror could be repurposed into a number of beautiful décor items.
Here are five ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
Mosaic a tabletop
Combined with broken tile and shells, mosaicking is a unique art form that makes something beautiful from broken pieces. Choose a unique design, glue down your pieces and then either fill in with grout or cover with a glass frame to ensure jagged edges are kept safe from fingers.
Spruce up a picture frame
Plain picture frames are inexpensive and boring, while mirrored picture frames are chic and visually appealing. However, you don’t have to shell out up to five times the cost to get a fancier frame — all you need is a little broken glass and glue. Do your best to line up your pieces with smooth edges pointing toward the outside of the frame and use glass cutters to trim down pieces that are too large.
Use in a backsplash upgrade
Retiling your kitchen backsplash? Add in some mirrored pieces to your design and watch how your boring tile arrangement is suddenly a custom art piece.
Jazz up your old light fixtures
Unhappy with the light fixtures in your home, but not interested in spending big bucks to replace them? Mosaicking the outside with glass will instantly give you a fresh look and add a unique reflective quality to any room of your home.
Make a crafty ornament
If Christmas is coming, repurpose your broken mirror into personalized presents for your favorite loved ones. A box of plain ball ornaments is inexpensive and all you need is a little glue to position your pieces around the surface. Just don’t be surprised when you want to make more after you see how nice it looks on your tree.
Feeling inspired? Leave your ideas for repurposed broken glass in the comments below.