Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mirror Hangers - How'd I Do That?

A couple bloggers commented on the vanity mirror display hanging on the wall in my last post.  And when Kristal asked how I hung them I had to go take a look before I could give a helpful answer.  I remembered using craft wire but had forgotten that I had also used picture hangers.  So here goes.....

Someone makes round sticky pads with hangers which I think were intended for plates but would work just as well for mirrors like this.  Either I was concerned about harming the decorative sides of my vintage mirrors, because I was thinking about hanging some mirror side out, or I didn't want spend as much as I'd need to, to hang all the mirrors I wanted to hang.  Which is probably more likely the case.  Good thing though since I have collected a few more mirrors I'd like to add to this wall.

So this is all you'll need.  
Well this and a pair of pliers and wire cutters.

Thin craft wire, 24 gauge, I used both gold and silver, which ever blended best with the tone of the mirror.  And these picture hangers that come in a wide range of sizes.

See, the hooks hardly interfere with the beauty of the mirror designs.

Use pliers to unfold the part of the picture hanger that the nail goes through and use these holes to attach your wire.  You may have to adjust the hook part of the hanger to fit the edge of your mirrors.

You have to get creative with where to place the hooks.  Each mirror will be different so you may  have to do a little balancing act to get it mirror to lay flat against the wall.  And it doesn't have to look pretty since no one will see this side. 

The wire on the handles are barely noticeable on the decorative side and in the case of the last mirror, above, the wire is hidden between the cracks of the different mirror parts.

I probably got the idea to make hangers myself from Martha Stewart.  I've made hangers for plates out of black re-barb (that's what they call it at the hardware store) which is probably thicker than what Martha used in this tutorial.  Plus I like the look of the black wire as apposed to the typical gold tone of the store bought picture hangers.  You will be able to manipulate the re-barb some with your hands but will need pliers for tight bends and good sturdy wire cutters.

So there you have it.  
Necessity, who is the mother of invention (Plato)

I'm linking up with the July Silver Sunday party over with Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal.  Be sure to stop over there and see all the Silver Goodness.


  1. Ah-ha! Now I see...wow, that is pretty darn creative! Thank you so much for sharing. I only have one mirror right now, and never really knew what to do with it, but the back of it is SOOO pretty. I might have to give this a try, although I don't think mine will look as good as your collection!


  2. Awesome!!!Thank you for showing us how. I have a whole collection of pretty mirrors that I have wanted to hang and wasn't sure if I should use plate hangers or something else. I love your idea:)
    Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

  3. Clever Trick ~ I would have Never thought of that.... Thanks for sharing your hanging trick & of course the Lovely Collection

  4. What a wonderful idea!
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Beautiful and soooo unique!! Can't wait to start a collection ;-)

    Don't tell my husband!!

  6. That is a wonderful suggestion! I agree, I think the sticky tabs would leave an adhesive residue that could have damaged your vintage mirror's finishes. This is a brilliant solution!! Thanks for sharing

  7. Susanne, you own a beautiful collection of mirrors. And this is a great way to display them. Thank you so much for this tutorial.
    Greetings, Johanna

  8. these are so stunning! Lezlee

  9. I have to bookmark this idea for the next time I have a hanging dilemma.