Building lighted pieces is probably one of my favorite things to do. Today, we made a DIY Round Lighted Makeup Mirror that easy dupes the Ikea Stormjorm.
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If you're new here, welcome! I like to make stuff, because I don't like spending money on expensive things (I try, anyway).
I'm a fan of lights for putting on my makeup, filming Youtube videos and taking product shots indoors. Here are some of my awesome lighting DIY's.
Story Behind the Design
I love Ikea. Their furniture is cheap, and if you take care of them, they last a long time.
I've had my eye on this mirror ($69.99) for a long time, but just by looking at it, I knew I could figure out a way to replicate it. Like I said, I've become a little obsessed with making LED lighting.
Why didn't I just buy the Ikea mirror? I knew I could make it. Also, I wanted one that didn't need to be installed into the wall. This is a bathroom mirror, so it's electrical wiring is not plug and play.
With my new creation, I can hang it in my office where I usually do my makeup (and where my ring light mirror used to hang). It's powered by the same DC adapter that powers most of my LED lights.
What You'll Need to Make a Round Lighted Makeup Mirror for under $50
Prices shown are what I paid utilizing coupons and extra savings.
Everything I used was/can be purchased at Michaels online or in-store. Remember to download their daily coupons (40+ % off an item and others) whenever you shop.
If you're shopping online, use Ebates to get cash back on your purchases.
- LED Light Strip in Daylight White like this one (7.98) and DC Adapter that goes with the Light strip you choose. This one uses this adapter uses this adapter. I already had one on hand.
- 16" Aluminum Cake Pan like this one (13.79)
- 14" Round Mirror like this one ($4.79)
- 12" Smooth foam disc like this one ($7.99)
- Shield Picture Hanger like this ($6.49) or other preference
- Professional Coated Picture Wire for hanging like this ($4.29)
- Command Strips 5+ lbs hold like this (had them on hand at home already)
- Electrical tape
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Step by Step Tutorial
Wipe the cake pan clean with a paper towel and alcohol to remove any dust.
Center the foam disc, ensuring you have the same amount of spacing all around. Make your markings with a marker (this won't show). I used a paper clip to make sure the spacing was even.
Prepping the Base
Mark off where you want to place the hanging wire, if you're using this method. I marked off the area a little higher than the center of the pan. The wire will be threaded into the two holes on each side.
On the bottom of the pan, mark off where you will insert the LED plug. This will go through the back of the pan and hang down to be attached to the adapter.
Drill out the holes and file them down.
We didn't have great files, so I covered the holes with hot glue, let it dry and then poked holes with a nail/file. This keeps the sharp edges away.
For the larger hole on the bottom, I created a "coil" out of some aluminum wire and wrapped the sharp edges with it and secured with hot glue. You can't see these, so it's fine if they aren't super clean. I just didn't want sharp edges.
Insert one end of the wire through the bottom hole on the back of the pan then insert it back into the top hole, bringing the wire back to the back of the pan.
Make a coil, wrapping around both parts of the wire (top and bottom) before bringing both ends over to the other side.
On the other side, insert the top wire into the top hole from the back and bring it through the bottom hole from the front. Test the length of the wire. You should have two strands that reach about 2-3 inches under the top of the pan.
While holding the wires even (so you don't have one longer than the other), coil the end of one wire around both the top and bottom wires. Take the other end of the excess wire and coil the rest of it going upwards, securing both wires.
I know that might not make a lot of sense, but the picture wire package has coiling instructions on the back. Follow them using extra length and wrapping twice.
Wrapping the Lights
Now, you're going to secure the foam base to the pan. It should sit snugly between the wires and the bottom coil where the LED plug goes. This is where you're going to start wrapping the lights.
Wrap the last inch of lighting and most of the plug in electric tape (see photo below). Since the plug will be bending towards the back, this will help keep it from wearing out and keep the light strip from tearing.
Carefully uncoil the light strip from the packaging and insert it into the bottom hole starting in the back. Pull it all the way through until the plug is this far in (see photo below).
This is how I did it, because the plug wouldn't fit through the hole. If your plug fits, then cool.
Begin wrapping the light strip around the foam, staying as close to the bottom edge as possible. Remove the adhesive backing as you go. Press down to secure.
I was able to wrap the lights around almost 3 times. Cut the light strip ONLY at the CUT MARKS on the strip. Press down gently all around to make sure the strip is stuck to the foam, especially where the plug attaches.
Attaching the Mirror
To attach the mirror to the foam base, use 4 Command Strips. Place 2 on the outside edges of the foam and 2 on the middle area of the mirror.
Mark the center of the foam (black marker line near purple bottle) and the center of the mirror, so you can easily line them back up when you stick the mirror on. Peel and stick.
Press down on the mirror very carefully while you hold the back of the pan.
Lesson learned: I attempted to use E6000 glue to secure the mirror, but I do not recommend it. It melted the foam and the mirror almost fell to the ground. Command Strips work better, but be sure to use the proper weight hold.
Hanging the Lighted Makeup Mirror
I used these picture hanging wall shields to hold my mirror, but you can get creative and hang the mirror however you want.
If you choose not to use the picture wire and keep it clean, you can use Command Strips and/or mounting tape to secure your mirror to the wall for a cleaner look.
These picture hanging hooks make the mirror stick out about an inch from the wall and angle downward, so I placed a foam block on the wall to keep the mirror from hitting the wall. So far, so good.
So there you have it - a Round Lighted Makeup Mirror that's a dupe for the Ikea Stormjorm!
I am super excited for this mirror. I've been thinking about recreating it for such a long time, and I'm so happy I finally did it. I hope you like it!