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overhead shot of four handmade hand-held mirrors with polymer clay backing and small faux pink flower in corner with bunch of flowers in the upper-left hand corner of photo

DIY Mother’s Day Hand Mirror from Polymer Clay

By Brenda Ponnay

Recently, I’ve been fascinated by crafting with polymer clay, so I decided to whip up a quick Mother’s Day gift idea: a hand mirror!

I know these days, everyone uses their phone or a makeup compact as a mirror, but having something little like this mirror is a sweet gift and useful. Even if Mom only props it up on her computer monitor or it lives at the bottom of her purse, it will always be a cute reminder of the giver.

stack of three blocks of colored polymer clay (pink, blush, and brown) and three hand-sized round acrylic mirror fanned out on a white marble table-top

Supplies needed to make a Mother’s Day Hand Mirror:

  • Palm-sized mirrors (I bought these mirrors for a past craft, and now that I have 100 of them, I’m thinking up various ways to use them)
  • polymer clay for kids
  • decorative faux flowers

four photos in a square collage; first photo is a close-up a thumb kneading pink clay, second photo is pink and blush clay rolled into a long ribbon, third photo is four ribbons (pink, blush, blush, and pink) pressed into a brown round circle, fourth photo is round hand-sized mirror pressed into brown clay circle.

Directions to make Mother’s Day Hand Mirror:

The instructions are straightforward in terms of working with polymer clay.

  1. Knead the polymer clay until it is soft, pliable, and doesn’t break when bent.
  2. Roll out into a 1/4-inch pancake shape in any variation of color and form you like.
  3. Now, place your mirror on top of your “pancake.”
  4. Make a light impression with the mirror, but don’t leave it there. These acrylic mirrors cannot be baked.
  5. Remove the mirror. Trim the polymer clay “pancake” to size, and smooth any rough edges.
  6. Bake following the directions of your polymer clay.  (Ventilate very well while baking).

triptych with first picture of blush clay starting a ribbon spiral, second picture blush ribbon wound into a circle then encircled with pink ribbon clay, third photo with hand-sized mirror pressed into the clay cicles.

Here are some more samples of the clay smushed together. I had visions of creating slices of flowers, but in the end, a marbled look was easier and better.

Diptych with first photo of a blue glue gun attaching pink faux flower to a hand-sized mirror on clay and second photo is a pile of three clay hand-sized mirrors with little pink faux flowers attached and separate flowers on the marble table

After your mirror bases are baked and cooled, attach the mirrors (mine are self-adhesive, but glue will work, too) and add a decorative faux flower with hot glue for an extra detail.

So easy, right?!Diptych with first photo a woman's hand showing a completed homemade hand-sized mirror with a clay backing and tiny pink flower and two more mirrors in the background, and second photo showing the completed mirror with a tag that reads "Happy Mother's Day!" and a muslim gift bag.
Wrap and gift! (These would also make great stocking stuffers if you want a head start on the holidays.)

Happy Mother’s Day!

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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