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DIY Infinity Mirror: Top Projects

I’m going to show you how to make a stunning Infinity Mirror. (Step-by-step)

In addition, I’m going to illuminate the science & history of infinity mirrors and show you the coolest infinity mirror projects ever made.

It is unbelievably easy to create an Infinity Mirror with a couple mirrors and an LED light strip. Let’s get started:

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Framed Infinity Mirror (Colored 2-Way Acrylic)

I’m going to show you how to make a stunning Infinity Mirror. (Step-by-step)

In addition, I’m going to illuminate the science & history of infinity mirrors and show you the coolest infinity mirror projects ever made.

It is unbelievably easy to create an Infinity Mirror with a couple mirrors and an LED light strip. Let’s get started:

DIY Infinity Mirror – Top Projects 

It’s Me! Wearing The Infinity Mirror Dress

Short, sweet, and INSPIRING! Have you ever wanted to be the life of a party? Follow me through an alternate universe where illumination is KEY. Learn about our new infinity mirror dress, and see it live and in action! 

Infinity Mirror Table

Intrigue sparks across your own infinity mirror table! Upgrade a off-the-shelf coffee table with a two way mirror and LED lights, or deck out your computer desk.

Infinity Mirror Cube (The Hypercube)

You’ve seen our smaller infinity mirror cubes, but now it’s time to view our giant infinity mirror HyperCube! A HyperCube is a beautiful, giant infinity mirror cube that makes you feel like you’re part of a science fiction movie.

Dichroic Infinity Mirror Pyramid

What else can you create with glass other than infinity mirrors and hypercubes? Dichroic Infinity Mirror Pyramids! In this video, the creator goes over step by step on how to create your own dichroic infinity mirror pyramid.

Frameless Infinity Mirror

Maybe a giant infinity mirror isn’t your style. Well, lucky for you, you can craft an infinity mirror to any size you would like. For example, this creator made a smaller, frameless infinity mirror to use as a bed stand light.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Looking into infinity is one thing, but what’s it like to be inside the infinity effect? The famous infinity mirror artist Yayoi Kusama has gone over the top with the idea of an “infinity mirror”, and created the Infinity mirror room! Her infinity mirror rooms are what sparked and crafted the whole infinity mirror image.

Infinity Mirror Illusion

How it Works

To create an Infinity Mirror, there are four main components you will need: a two way glass mirror (aka one way mirror), a standard reflective mirror, a frame, and LED lights.

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Infinity Mirrors are designed to give the illusion that the lights within them are trailing off into the abyss, continuing on forever into infinity and beyond. This is achieved through the placement of your LED lights between the two glass mirror panels.

It takes two perfectly parallel mirrors positioned directly across from one another to achieve this visual effect. If one is slightly out of place, you will instead have your lights curving endlessly to one side or the other.

Often times the front mirror is half silvered, aka a one way mirror, which allows a certain percentage of transparency to show through and permit light to be fully emitted.

Materials & Tools List

  • Glass Cleaner
  • Wood Glue
  • Measuring Tape
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Chop Saw

Choosing the Best Mirror

When it’s finally time for you to start your project, you’re going to need to find the right kind of glass mirrors to use to achieve the infinite tunnel illusion.

First and foremost is picking your Two Way (One Way) Mirror glass, and Standard Mirror. Two Way Mirrors are known as semi-transparent mirrors, meaning  70% of the light will be reflected while 11% is transparent. The distance between the two parallel mirrors can really play a significant role on the overall effect and look of the depth perceived in the illusion.

Below is a list of mirror options you can use as the top layer for your infinity mirror setup:

Glass Two Way Mirror

The Glass Two Way Mirror is great to use if you want minimal ghosting in the infinity effect and you want the viewer to see the infinity without seeing themselves at the same time. The result is a dark, twisty infinity with a lot of depth. As if you were in a endless tunnel of illusions.

  • 70% reflective, 11% transparent
  • Best for most infinity mirror illusions
  • Can be tempered and/or laminated

Acrylic Two Way Mirror

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The Acrylic Two Way Mirror is ideal for projects that need a mirror that is more durable and less likely to break. Avoid it for larger projects because it will create a funhouse effect.

  • 70% reflective, 30% transparent
  • Max size recommended is 12″ x 24″ for 1/8″ thickness
  • Max size recommended is 24″ x 48″ for 1/4″ thickness

Colored Acrylic Two Way Mirror

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The Colored Acrylic Two Way Mirror is just fun! Imagine all of the possibilities with these color tints. You can have any color mirror you want to match any room or space.

  • Fun colors for unique effect
  • Comes in 1/8″ thickness

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Glass Smart Mirror

The Glass Smart Mirror is great for projects that require switching the mirror effect when the lights off so that it is a regular mirror. A Glass Two Way Mirror will just appear like a dark tinted glass when the lights are off.

  • 70% reflective, 30% transparent
  • Can be tempered and/or laminated
Dielectric Mirror

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Dielectric Mirror

The Dielectric Mirror also can provide an infinity illusion. This could be awesome for projects that need a larger clear glass case and then utilize only a portion of the mirror for an infinity effect.

  • 45% reflective, 55% transparent
  • Can be tempered and/or laminated

For instance, this Lego Millenium Falcon Coffee Table could be encased in Dielectric Glass and then on the bottom for the infinity elevator the glass floor would be seamless and the lego would appear to be sitting on a mirror. One would just need to add the LED strips and standard mirror to the bottom of the coffee table and paint the rest of the bottom black to achieve this effect.

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Two Way Mirror Film

The Two Way Mirror Film can be used on clear glass to create an infinity mirror. This is a great budget option but notice that the mirror quality is much more foggy, not as crisp as the glass and acrylic options.

  • 80% reflective, 5% transparent
  • Great budget option

Standard Mirror (Bottom Layer)

One HUGE advantage to using Acrylic on the bottom layer is if you want to add a special inside shape like pink pumpkin picture. Acrylic is easy to drill into so you can hide the wires and plug it in seamlessly.

For the bottom layer, any of the semi-transparent two way mirrors can be used to get a wide variety of special effects.

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Standard Mirror

The Standard Mirror has a nice chrome polish that allows light to around within a room to create the effect of a larger space. Brighten up your room by letting natural light bounce throughout your space.

  • 96% Reflective, 0% Transparent
  • Custom sizes available with worldwide shipping
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First Surface Mirror

The Glass First Surface Mirror has an optical grade mirror coating on the top of the glass that minimizes distortion for the best reflection possible. Ideal to use for when you want to avoid double image or ghosting appearance that standard mirrors posses.

  • Custom sizes available online
  • Custom shapes available upon request
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Acrylic First Surface Mirror

The Acrylic First Surface Mirror has a mirror coating on top of the glass instead of the bottom compared to standard mirrors. This prevents the ghosting and double image standard mirrors provide.

  • 94% Reflective, 0% Transparent
  • Custom sizes available online

Choosing The Best Lighting

You cannot achieve your illusion without picking your lights! LED lights provide quick and convenient results when applying them into your mirror display.

With their small size, LED lights are easy to measure to the length you need, and cut down to size for your piece’s frame. They come in a variety of options in both size and color. You can purchase single colored, multicolored, and remote controlled colored LEDs. Some can even be paired with Alexa or Google Home for voice command and app controlled features.

Click the images below to see low to high priced LED light options

Buying vs Building Your Frame

Your last “must have item”  for this project is the frame you’ll be keeping all your materials packed into. A place that’s big enough to hold both your mirrors, LED lights and the battery pack powering your lights.

If you’re content with a pre-defined size, the IKEA Ribba is a good choice for an inexpensive frame. Alternatively, you can purchase shadowbox frame moulding or just order the completed frame from us in a custom size.

You can make this be simple by purchasing a pre-made shadow box that has an inch depth within the frame for ample space to display your lights. The only adjustment you’ll need to make is carving out a slot for your battery pack and its wires to come out of your frame.

If you’re more of an adventurous designer, you can build your frame from scratch. You will need to grab additional materials to do this type of custom frame for your mirror display, starting with the type of wood you want to work with using. We chose to keep things simple and utilize a pre-made frame to save time during our building process.

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Shadowbox Frame Moulding

IKEA “Ribba” Shadowbox Frame

This video shows you a homemade infinity mirror with the use of a shadowbox frame. 

Check out our video on buying or making the perfect shadowbox frame for your project:

Building your own infinity mirror is the fun part of the process! First, you need to know how. Watch our video where Sam gives you the ULTIMATE guide on how to build your own infinity mirror! From where and how to choose your frame, to even building your own! She tells you the type of equipment you will need if you plan on building your own frame, and how to control the lights within the infinity mirror.

Once you know all the steps of building an infinity mirror, the possibilities are endless! You can do whatever you want! You can make your own infinity mirror clothing, tables, or even jewelry and accessories.

Infinity Mirror Artists

Aside from the displays we’ve made in our factory, there are other Infinity Mirror products out there you can make or purchase. Below is a list of other ideas you can consider looking into making that we highly recommend.

Here’s what we found that made us geek out over Infinity Mirrors:

Infinity mirrors are also often times used in the art world, through the works of both sculptors filmmakers. Adding an Infinity Mirror can really heighten the visual impact behind a movie or sculptural work. Below are some examples of artists that work with mirrors, as well as films that use infitinty mirrors to create some of their sequences.

Interested in art like we are? Check out some of these artist’s work:

EtereShop – Dress

Wow, just WOW! This video showcases EtereShop’s Infinity Mirror Dress (which we purchased, of course!) and it is absolutely stunning. The dress has multiple light features, so you are able to switch the light patterns to find one that you feel just suits you!

EtereShop – Vest

The infinity mirror vest is a great addition to your closet! This video shows models wearing EtereShop’s new infinity vest! Now, you can match the dress! Dance competition? I think so! Oh, by the way, we also purchased the vest!

Thomas Webb

Time is fascinating. Thomas Webb shows us how we can all be connected through time within his documentary style video about his art. He also shows us his project that is connected to people tweeting about real emotions, which allows you to feel what others are feeling, while looking at your own reflection.

Ivan Navarro

Ivan Navarro is another famous artist who incorporates infinity mirrors into his work. Throughout this video you will witness an abundance of his creations that bring you into infinity. Watching this video might inspire you on what type of design you want to make inside of your infinity mirror! The possibilities are endless!  

Naomi “SexyCyborg” Wu

Naomi Wu demonstrates how to create your own infinity mirror skirt! She shows you step by step on how to conduct your own infinity mirror clothing! Have you ever wanted to make your own infinity mirror wardrobe? Well, now you can!

Anthony James – Absolute Zero

This video shows a different type of infinity mirror! A giant ball made out of triangles? HOW COOL! Anthony James is another famous artist who uses infinity mirrors. This particular project is called “Absolute Zero”, and it is BREATHTAKING! Watch the video to find out for yourself!  

Unexpected Places To Find Infinity Mirrors

  • Endless Hallway
  • Museum Art
  • Home Decor
  • Bottomless Pit
  • Room Dividers
  • Artistic Centerpieces
  • Tables
  • Haunted Houses
  • Stage Illusions
  • Mirror Mazes

Infinity Mirror Products

Infinity Beer Pong Table

Did someone say beer pong? The infinity mirror beer pong table is a GREAT addition to any party! Indoors or outdoors, the table will bring both you and your guest lots of joy and entertainment!

Infinity Mirror Hypercube

The infinity mirror HyperCube is absolutely stunning! This video does not give you instructions on how to create it, but it definitely shows how beautiful the project and illusion is.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I clean the inside of my infinity mirror?
As long as you build your mirror properly, you will not have to clean the inside at all. Pre-clean all the pieces before you start assembling your infinity mirror. Ensure that there is a snug, tight seal upon assembly and all you will have to clean is the top layer. Compressed air can help blow out any debris inside.

Can I use two standard mirrors instead of two way glass?
Two standard mirrors would not create the infinity effect desired. The two way glass allows just the right transparency and reflection to cause the effect. There are a number of other options below to choose from that will also work for your one of a kind infinity mirror.

Can I use a regular frame for my infinity mirror?
A regular frame most likely does not have enough space to insert two panes of glass and the lights. For this reason, we recommend using a shadowbox frame for regular wall mirror projects.

Does the size of my project matter?
As long as you have the required materials, the size of your project doesn’t matter. You can make a small functional mirror or a large gaming table.

What other projects can I apply the infinity effect?
The infinity effect can be applied to tons of ideas. We make chess boards, tables, and even corn hole boards! Follow the basic structure and get creative – we have everything you need!

Should I order tempered or non-tempered glass for my infinity mirror project? Tempering is great for infinity mirrors that are being used as a tabletop or in a public space where risk of breakage is higher.

It will create a small distortion in the reflection around the 1″ perimeter of the glass – not very noticeable in this type of project.

Have you ever thought about the connection between crystals and art? What about crystals and portals? This video beautifully illustrates how crystals have influenced works of art, and can even be works of art themselves.
Anthony James has an art piece located within this art exhibit as well. Can you guess what it is? It’s the same one from the video before! The geometric shapes within the infinity mirror can be associated with a crystal-like appeal, and it fits right in!

Now I Want to Hear From You.

There you have it:

My ultimate DIY Infinity Mirror Guide for 2020.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

What design did you find the most interesting that we have in our factory?

Are you interested in the other products we listed in the Bonus section?

What will you create as your custom design? Will you go with your own frame, or recycle using a pre-made shadow box like we did?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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Krista Kelly

I cannot wait to take more pictures with the colored acrylic two way mirrors. 😀 Who is with me!?!

Shawn
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Shawn

The cube, how many 2-way and how many plain mirror and where are they placed?

santhosh kumar vk
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santhosh kumar vk

with what should I give its power supply…?????

shawn Tatum
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shawn Tatum

I am in the process of making an infinity mirror out of a small fish tank, but I am stuck. I can not for the life of me get it to where it covers all corners and sides like the “cube”. Could you please tell me where to cut and connect on the lights please. 16″ high & 12″ side to side and 12′ of lights and extra pieces for the total of 14’5″. One more thing, where is your power source hook up you did a great job covering it all up. Any tips & tricks will be most… Read more »

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Leo

Hi there, cool site by the way. I’m trying to make the icosahedron as seen in the anthony James video. I’m totally in love with it. I bought a welder and learned how to weld just to build the frame. Which is ready. But I can’t work out what type of mirror he used to give it that clear but blue tint. Do you have any idea? Please help. I bought a sample of two way glass (actual glass) 6mm and it has a dark brown effect on the Light. I tried film. But it’s too blurry. Any ideas? Thanks… Read more »

Bill McCreadie
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Bill McCreadie

Is there an optimum distance between the mirrors for the best effect?