Garden Mirrors Make An Interesting Accent

Ideas For Using A Garden Mirror
And Outdoor Safety Tips

Wanda emailed and asked:

I want a mirror for my garden. I have heard there are plastic mirrors or that stainless steel would be good for a mirror. Can you tell me if you have made one and how you did it. I want it to be fairly large.

Oh, and thanks for the info on your garden mirror page on your website. Thanks for your help.

My reply:
Hello Wanda:
I did have a mirror in my garden area a few years ago, however used an old (real) glass mirror that had a neat looking distressed frame around it, so I wasn’t too worried about the silver backing wearing off in spots due to exposure to the elements. I hung it on a wall in my garden area. I have since taken it down for various reasons.

Garden mirrors make interesting accents

But to further answer your question, if I were to do it again, especially a large one as you are mentioning you want to do … I would buy a plastic mirror because it will be lighter in weight, safer for outdoor use, and last much longer if left outside than a glass mirror. Also, I think that a large piece of glass is really not a wise choice to be placed out in one’s garden, mine included.

I would also wager that from a cost standpoint, you will find a plastic mirror much more affordable than a piece of highly polished stainless steel. It might be a bit hard to find a plastic, or sometimes also referred to as ACRYLIC, mirror supplier but I just did an online search via Google and do see suppliers. Type these words into the search box: plastic acrylic mirrors. You can check out the various websites.

Other than that, as far as making a mirror that is attractive for outdoor use, my suggestion is to provide an interesting frame of some sort (distressed looking; or painted in lively colors; etc.) that suits your outdoor décor and garden “theme” and basically mount the piece of mirror onto the frame as you would mount a picture into a frame.

Another idea would be to find an interesting looking, old wooden door; cut out an area in the middle, and mount the mirror onto the door from the backside, thusly the door is serving as a “frame” … and then prop the door in a corner of your garden, as example, to serve as an interesting and unique focal point.

You want it to be large … just remember birds are known to fly right into garden mirrors (they could break their necks from this – poor things!), and if the sun reflects just “right” off the mirror onto another surface that is combustible … you could have a fire start (just like the way children can start a fire by using a magnifying glass to project an intense beam of sunlight). So PLEASE be careful of the ultimate placement of your garden mirror.

And, of course I am sure your imagination will give you lots of other good ideas to make one, too! Put on your creative thinkin’ cap! 😉

Good luck!


  1. Thanks for this useful article.

  2. Thank you for a great blog and this info on garden mirrors. I will be sure to bookmark it.

  3. I live in Australia, and my father had a garden mirror, which one summer, reflected the sun onto some dry grass, and he saw the smoke!! So just be careful of glass and mirrors in the garden if you live in a hot climate and the weather is dry.

  4. Hi Emma:
    Yes, you are absolutely correct. If the sun is reflected “just right” onto dry grass, landscaping mulch, etc., a fire starting is a real possibility. So placement is important.

  5. Nicola Woten says:

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  6. I found this article through an internet search about using mirrors in my garden. I appreciate your information shared here, and i do agree a mirror of any sort in a garden does need to be used with thought as to where it will be placed and to make sure the sun doesn’t beam off of it into a pile of mulch or other materials that could potentially catch on fire. But still, they’re a cool garden addition! Thanks.

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