Mod Podge Map Mirror {Tutorial}

I thought I'd show you how I made the Mod Podge map mirror for my son's room.  This is actually my favorite thing that I've made for his room, so far.  His favorite thing, of course, is his Sponge Bob poster.  I used a map to cover my mirror frame but the nice thing about decoupage is that you can use anything made out of paper to cover your frame.
Step 1:  Tape the mirror next to the frame so that it doesn't get scratched when you sand the frame and it doesn't get covered in Mod Podge.  I was going to use painter's tape but didn't have any so I used masking tape instead and it worked fine.

Step 2:  Lightly sand the frame.  I used a 220 grit sand paper.  You just want to rough up the surface so that whatever you're Mod Podging onto it will adhere.  Then, wipe it down with a tack cloth to get off all of the grit.
Step 3:  I cut the map into strips, making them wide enough to hang over the inside edge of the frame onto the mirror.  I also left it wide enough to hang over the edge of the mirror frame so I could cut it off after I Mod Podged it onto a section of the frame (you'll see as you read on).
Step 4:  
a)  Spread the Mod Podge onto the frame surface, you want to use a substantial amount, kind of like putting mayo on a sandwich.  Then put the map onto the frame where you applied the Mod Podge.  Smooth it down the best you can.  I found it helpful to use a dry rag to smooth it down because I'm messy when I work and I had Mod Podge all over my fingers.  There were a lot of wrinkles in mine, which I didn't mind because I thought it gave it more character.  Just smooth it out the best you can with your fingers and the rag.  Don't over rub it though because it might tear or rub off some of the print.  I overlapped the map onto the taped off section of the mirror.
b) For the corners, I folded them like you would when you wrap a present, then Mod Podged it down.
c) I left the mirror slightly hanging over the side of the table so that the map could overhang also.  Then, I Mod Podged the map down and cut off the excess map.
Step 5:  Once you get your entire frame covered, apply a layer of Mod Podge over the whole thing.  As you do this, you will see it bubbling up.  Don't worry about it and don't try to smooth down the bubbles or you will rip the paper.  The bubbles will go away once it is dry.  This step is important because it will water proof the frame, especially after it has dried for about a week.  So, be careful when you initially wash your mirror.  If you are going to use it in a place where there is a lot of humidity, then I recommend also sealing it with polyurethane.
Step 6:  After you've sealed your mirror frame with a coat of Mod Podge and it has thoroughly dried, take a utility knife and go around the edges where you previously taped off the mirror and carefully cut along the mirror next to the frame to remove the overhang and the tape and peel it off.  I cut and peeled in sections at a time.  You really have to wait to cut this part off until it's really dry, otherwise, it will tear.  Ask me, I know, because I'm very impatient when I do projects and I learned the hard way.
Step 8:  Wash your mirror, put it up and admire your handiwork!

If you'd like to see the second version of the Mod Podge map mirror I made, see this post.  I actually found the second map that I used a little easier to work with because it was a heavier weight paper.  For the second version, I used the same technique without sanding because I Mod Podged right over the first map.  I also didn't hanging the mirror over the edge of the table or overhang the map.  Since it was heavier, I could just line up the bottom of the paper onto the table when Mod Podging it onto the frame.  I hope that makes sense?

I know that the map looks really wrinkly in the pictures but once it dries, it doesn't look wrinkly at all.
If anyone decides to try this out, let me know, I'd love to see how yours turns out :)

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