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Stenciled Holiday Mirror

Capture the feeling of the Christmas holidays in three little words stenciled on an elegant mirror.

Mirror with Joy-Love-Peace stenciled on it.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Painter’s tape
  • Kraft paper or plastic sheets
  • Tape measure


  • 27.5-in x 21.5-in framed mirror, Espresso finish, #197577
  • Valspar gloss spray paint, Classic Red

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You can create the lettering yourself using the fonts on your home computer, making printouts, and transferring the letters to shelf paper. For a time-saving alternative to making your own stencil, order the Love Joy Peace stencil (#6170) for $29.95 plus shipping from Royal Design Studio and use the downloadable Stencil Trimming Guide to rearrange it for this project.

Step 1

Using a utility or crafts knife and a straightedge, separate the words in the stencil using the Stencil Trimming Guide, and mark the center of each word on the stencil.

Step 2

Lay stencils on the mirror.

At the bottom of the mirror, place a piece of tape with a mark showing the center of the frame. Center the “peace” stencil on the tape mark. Add the “love” and “joy” stencils so that the edges touch. It’s okay to make the stencils slightly off-center to accommodate the capital “J” in “joy.” Hold the stencils in place with tape.

Good to Know

If your mirror has mounting hardware on the back, make sure the stencils are arranged so that the hardware will be at the top.

Step 3

Tape around the stencils.

Tape around the stencils to the edge of the mirror. Then tape strips of paper around the frame to protect it from overspray.

Step 4

Spray-paint the stencils.

Check that the stencils are flat against the glass. Hold the spray paint can over the stencils and spray straight down to avoid paint seeping beneath the stencil edges. Add a second coat as needed and let dry.

Step 5

Remove the paper and tape to reveal the stenciled mirror. Touch up any minor overspray or seepage on the mirror using the blade of a utility knife. Add mounting hardware as needed and use wall anchors for support if you’ll hang the mirror on drywall.