Broke a Mirror? Avoid 7 Years Bad Luck With This Fun Mirror Jacket DIY

Meera Kaneria
by Meera Kaneria
9 Materials
3 Days

One of the hottest trends in unique fashion style is wearing mirrored clothes. If you draw inspiration from reflective and highly polished surfaces (or if you accidentally broke a mirror!), this no-sew DIY mirror jacket is perfect for you! Here's how to do it.

Tools and materials:

  • Extremely thin mirrors
  • Thick rubber gloves
  • Hammer (or even a stone)
  • Tarp or heavy cloth bag or drop cloth
  • Fabric glue - a large bottle
  • Rough cloth for cleaning
  • Denim jacket
  • A large heavy object for weighing down the glue
  • Sanitizer or alcohol
DIY mirror jacket inspiration

I got my inspiration for the DIY mirror jacket from a mirrored ornament I own, but also from seeing fashionable jackets, like this one.

Thin mirror for DIY project

First up, make sure to use very thin mirrors for this DIY!

Cleaning the mirror

1. Clean the mirror

Clean the mirror well using the rough cloth to remove any fingerprints.

Laying the mirror on tarp

2. Break the mirror

Lay the mirror on the tarp or drop cloth. Fold the tarp over to cover the mirror entirely. 

Breaking the mirror into large shards

Use the hammer on the top of the tarp with gentle strokes to break the mirror. You don’t want to smash and shatter the mirror into tiny shards. You want larger pieces.

Wiping the mirror pieces

3. Sort and clean the mirror pieces

Put on the heavy rubber gloves. Open the tarp and sort through the mirror pieces. Discard any pieces that have cracks on the edges or pieces that are too small.

Wipe any dust or dirt off the mirror pieces with the rough cloth, especially around the edges, to make sure they're not too sharp. 

How to make a broken mirror jacket

4. Create the mirror design

Lay the jacket down on a flat surface to expose the area to place the mirror. 

Customize a denim jacket with mirrors

Play around with the placement until you find a pattern that suits you best. 

Gluing the broken mirror pieces to the jacket

Put a heavy amount of fabric glue on the back of the mirror and press firmly into place. This may take a lot of glue. Once glued into place, the mirror pieces may look a bit messy, but we'll clean it up later.

Placing a heavy object on top of the mirrors

Place the rough cloth directly on the top of the mirrors. Then lay a heavy object that covers the entire mirrored area for at least 48 hours to set the glue. 

Denim jacket DIY ideas

After the 2-day setting time, remove the heavy object and cloth. Clean the mirror using sanitizer or alcohol and gently wipe it with a rough cloth. 

How to fold the jacket to store it

How to store and wash your DIY denim jacket

To fold the jacket, turn the jacket inside out and always keep the mirrored portion completely straight. To launder, hand wash only, as it's gentler, and use rubber gloves.

DIY mirror jacket

DIY mirror jacket tutorial

This jacket is absolutely dazzling and very special. Everyone will notice you when you wear it. Please let me know in the comments if you’re planning to make this or share photos of you wearing this stunning mirrored jacket!

Suggested materials:
  • Extremely thin mirrors
  • Thick rubber gloves
  • Hammer (or even a stone)
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  • Caroshina Caroshina on Sep 23, 2021

    This looks entirely too dangerous; wearing long thin shards of glass on your body? No thanks. The vinyl fake chrome, yes, that kind please.