How to make a Tri-Fold Mirror and a Triangular Prism Mirror Box

How to make a Tri-Fold Mirror and a Triangular Prism Mirror Box

I have had a super busy week, this week & have had not time to gather my photos to share with you. I will try & share some of them next week. Instead, you get this post – one I sorted at the end of half term. Sorry if it wasn’t what you were expecting, sometimes life just takes over! 😉

………………………………………

I’ve had lots of people message me to ask how I made the mirror box I share in so many of my posts. I don’t have any clear instructions, but it is basically three cheap Ikea mirrors gaffer-taped together…

Homemade Mirror Box - from Rachel (",)

If you search ‘mirror box’ in the search box on my blog, you will be able to see lots of ways we have used it.

.

During the half term break, I decided to make a new version and, anticipating the questions, took photos along the way so that you could see how I created it…

I started with three of the mirrors out of the ‘LOTS’ pack from Ikea (you get four in the pack for £6) & some Duck Tape (I chose white, but there are other colours available)…

1. Mirror Creation Instructions from Rachel (",)

.

Take two of the mirrors & place them face-to-face (so that the mirrors are facing each other), then stick one of the adjoining edges together with the tape. I balanced the mirrors on the edge of a table, to make this easier.

Then I covered the back of both of the mirrors with the tape (this is to avoid shattering, should the mirrors be dropped).

2. Mirror Creation Instructions from Rachel (",)

.

I then repeated the process, but with an additional mirror – so that I ended up with three mirrors in a row, all stuck together & the back of each one covered in tape. (Note that if you wish to be able to store the mirror flat, then you will need to leave a little more ‘tape space’ between each mirror, than I did here.)

This creates a tri-fold mirror…

3. Mirror Creation Instructions from Rachel (",)

.

I then put some Velcro tape on the ends so that there is the option to create a ‘triangular prism mirror box’ for discovery & exploration…

4. Mirror Creation Instructions from Rachel (",)

 

This is how I did that…

The back-side of the piece of velcro that would be placed to secure the box was sticky, so I actually stuck it to another piece of gaffer tape & cut it out (see numbers 2 & 3 below). That way I could stick it to the box so that it could be opened & closed as needed. I hope that makes sense!!

5. Mirror Creation Instructions from Rachel (",)

.

Of course, you could then cover the tape with something prettier if you would prefer it to be hidden – there are lots of different sticky-back plastics available.

.

The reflections are fabulous… whether the mirror is stood up…

Reflections in the 'triangular mirror prism' from Rachel (",)

… or placed on its side…

Reflections in the 'triangular mirror prism' from Rachel (",)

I think we’re going to enjoy exploring with it!

.

Note: You could always use acrylic mirrors instead of real mirrors if you are anxious about the glass element of it (although I have been using real mirrors & glass in my classroom for years & haven’t had a problem – just make sure you talk to the children about safety!). Be aware that acrylic scratches really easy though, so I think that it would work better for the tri-fold mirror than the prism box.

 

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget that you can also find me on Facebook,  Twitter &  Pinterest.  I’d love you to come & say hello! 🙂

– Rachel (“,)

5 Comments

  1. Such a simple idea but so effective. Thanks for this Rachel xx

    Reply
    • You’re welcome, Jeanette! 🙂

      Reply
  2. I’ve just bought the LOTS mirrors from IKEA and wondered if they are too heavy to make to box style mirror rather than trust mirror?

    Reply
  3. *triangular mirror

    Reply
    • I don’t let my class move any of my real mirror boxes, let alone lift them, so the weight wouldn’t be an issue for me.
      You will have to make that judgment for your class though, as you know how you would be planning on using it 🙂

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *