How To: Recycle A Broken Mirror

How To: Recycle A Broken Mirror

Beth Zeigler
May 20, 2009

052009glass-01.jpgWe're in the middle of repainting our kitchen and bathroom (pics tomorrow) and while removing an old mirror from the wall, it broke in half. After we calmed down (it scared the bejesus out of us) we thought to ourselves, is there a way to recycle mirror shards? We found numerous ways to recycle your broken mirror (but sorry, no solutions for curing bad luck) after the jump!

While you can't toss the broken pieces of mirror into the recycling bin, there are plenty of ways to reuse the bits in your home. You'll first want to make sure the edges are safe by covering them with hot glue from a glue gun or with masking tape. A Dremel will also help out with smoothing down the edges so the pieces of mirror are safe to work with.

  • Growing up, we had an entire Christmas village during holiday season on display. Our mom would use small mirrors to act as the ice skating pond for the village.
  • Make a hand mirror for yourself or give one as a gift. You'll first want to find the perfect size suitable for a purse or glove box. If you have tools for cutting a mirror you can make the hand mirror a custom size. Be sure the edges are rounded off and then take some decorative paper and glue to the backside of your mirror.
  • Art supply stores that specialize in stained glass sell broken bits of glass mirror by the pound. They'll be happy to take the pieces of your broken mirror off your hands.
  • The most popular reuse of a broken mirror is for beautiful mosaics. You can mix the mirror pieces with ceramic bits and marbles for decorating tables and stepping stones.

What do you do with a mirror once it breaks? Have you found an alternative creative use for the broken bits of a mirror at home?

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