Make this extra creepy haunted Halloween specter mirror and make your DIY Halloween decor the spookiest in the neighborhood!
A Haunted Halloween Specter Mirror for a Scary Decor
How to Make a Haunted Halloween Specter Mirror
Terrify your Halloween guests with this startling and eerie haunted specter mirror. Hang it in the bathroom, hallway, or anywhere in the house to give them a memorable fright!
Only a few simple supplies and easy steps, and you can make your own Halloween mirror trick to decorate your house with. Now, without further dilly dally, let’s get this fun DIY specter mirror project started!
What You’ll Need to Make a DIY Specter Mirror
- Old picture frame with glass (Goodwill)
- Mirror Effect Spray Paint (Hardware Store)
- Black Spray Paint (not pictured – Hardware Store)
- Black/Grey Cheesecloth (Dollar Tree)
- Fake Crows (Dollar Tree)
- Scotch Tape
- Scrubbie/Rough Cloth
- Black Garbage Bags
Step-by-Step Instructions to Make a DIY Specter Mirror
Step 1. Spray Paint Mirror
To make a Halloween haunted mirror, first, remove the glass (and art), and spray paint the frame black.
Step 2. Coat with Mirror Effect Spray
Lay the glass on some plastic or newspaper, and give it a hearty coating of the Mirror Effect spray on one side. I used the Rust-Oleum brand, and was very happy with it!
Don’t apply the coat too thickly, but do make sure all of the glass is covered, and you can’t see through to the other side.
Step 3. Scrub for Ghostly Effect
Let the Mirror Effect paint dry for about 30 minutes, and then grab a scrub or rough washcloth. Moisten it with just a bit of water, and gently rub away the paint at the center of the mirror.
Rub the paint off in blotchy, uneven patches for a ghostly effect. Don’t rub away an area bigger than your photo or you’ll see the edges of the paper as hard lines!
Step 4. Mount Creepy Photo
Take the photo you printed out in black and white (I simply Googled “creepy old woman” and pulled up this terrifying picture which I printed on regular computer paper). Next, flip the glass over on top of it.
The spray-painted side should be pressed against the paper. If you want more of the picture to show, flip the glass back over and rub away some more paint.
If you want less showing, you can do a quick re-spray on the “rubbed-away” area, and then try scrubbing away a little more gently when it dries.
Step 5. Add a Black Background
Put a little piece of Scotch tape on the edges of the paper photo, and put the glass back into the frame. I found I needed a black background to really get a creepy effect of the face fading into the darkness on the edges.
So, I simply used one of the trash bags which had been my painting surface-protection and sandwiched it between the glass and the cardboard backing.
Step 6. Finishing Touches
Once you put a cardboard backing in and fold down the staple tabs around the edges, you’re ready to hang the eerily fantastic specter mirror!
Drape some tattered black cheesecloth around the corners, attach some sinister ravens, and you’re done. Now, you can put your DIY masterpiece of a haunted specter mirror on display!
Watch this video from Living to DIY with Rachel Metz for another idea to complement our DIY specter mirror here:
There you go, DIY junkies and tricksters! A haunted Halloween specter mirror you can add to your Haloween decorations this year.
Now you know how to make a haunted mirror for your Halloween decor. Have a fun time scaring the heck out of your guests and trick-or-treaters with your own creation!
Will you take on this creepy haunted specter mirror project for your DIY Halloween decor? Tell us your plans for it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 23, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.