How to DIY Your Own Makeup Mirror With Lights (7-Step Guide)

I don’t know about you, but I love doing my makeup. I always feel confident and put together when I have a good makeup routine.

However, one thing I don’t love is not being able to see what I’m doing. This got me wondering How to DIY your own vanity mirror.

Making your own vanity mirror is very simple, and you can even add lights for a little style (as well as practicality).

All you need are your tools, a desk, some plywood, and a mirror. Grab those lights, and you’re good to go.

Join me as I take you through the steps to building your own DIY vanity mirror.

What is a Vanity Mirror?

A vanity mirror is a type of mirror that is typically used in the bedroom or bathroom. [1] It is usually LARGER so that you can see your whole reflection, and it is often used for applying makeup or doing your hair.

vanity mirror with bulbs

Typically, it is attached to a desk to have counter space and storage. This allows you to EASILY get ready for the day and keeps everything in one place. 

You’ll usually have a stool in front of the vanity to be COMFORTABLE while sorting yourself out.

So how do you DIY your vanity with lights? It’s quite simple; just read on.

ALSO CHECK: How to Build Bathroom Mirrors With Lights

DIY Makeup Mirror with Lights

DIY can feel pretty daunting, but making your own makeup vanity mirror can be a very SIMPLE project to undertake. [2]

Being able to do it yourself is a VALUABLE skill, and that’s why I want to help you learn how to make a vanity of your own. You’re going to love showing this off to friends and family.

What You Will Need:

  • An existing desk
  • Plywood sheet (size will depend on the desk)
  • 2 board pieces (size will depend on the desk)
  • Undercoat/primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Frameless mirror of your choice (size will depend on the desk)
  • Pencil
  • Lamp sockets with plug-in cords
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Construction adhesive
  • 3-inch screws
  • 2-inch screws
  • Zip ties
  • LED lights or vanity light strips
  • Power strips

Step 1. Primer

The first step is to apply an undercoat or primer to the wood of your existing desk. This will HELP the paint adhere better and give you a nice smooth finish.

Step 2. Paint

After the primer has dried, you can start painting your wood. I recommend using a LIGHT color so that it will reflect more light.

Step 3. Marking and Drilling

Once the paint is DRY, it’s time to measure and mark where you want your mirror and light sockets to go. Then, use a drill to make pilot holes for the screws.

Step 4. Positioning Light Cords

Now, it’s time to start working with the cords. You want to position them to be HIDDEN but still easily accessible.

An LED vanity light kit tends to come with instructions to help you organize everything properly for your vanity table.

Pro Tip: I like using construction adhesive and zip ties to secure the cords.

Step 5. Installing the Mirror

Using the 3-inch screws, attach your existing mirror to the plywood. Make sure that it’s LEVEL before you start screwing it in.

Step 6. Secure Everything

Now, it’s time to SECURE all of your cords and wires with the 2-inch screws. You can also ensure the mirror is attached to the desk, checking that everything is firmly in place.

Pro Tip: Be careful not to over-tighten them, or you could break the wires.

Step 7. Install the Lights

Now, it’s time to screw in your light bulbs and plug everything in. You should now have a FULLY FUNCTIONING makeup mirror with vanity lights.

If you are using vanity light bars, you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure they are installed correctly and have a lighted mirror.

The easiest to install are DIY LED light strips, as they only tend to need adhesive around vanity mirrors to be secure.

If DIY is not your forte, you can purchase a ready-made vanity. Here’s how to choose the right one.

How to Choose a Premade Vanity Mirror

If you feel as though the DIY route is a little too much, you can buy a vanity that is pre-built and ready for you to start using. But before you buy, there are a couple of things to consider.

DIY mirror with light bulbs

1-Counter Space

You want to make sure that you have enough COUNTER SPACE for the vanity that you choose. You need enough room for your makeup, hair products, and anything else you might need while you’re getting ready.

2-Double-Sided or Single-Sided Mirror

Do you want a double-sided mirror to see yourself from MULTIPLE angles, or do you want a single-sided mirror? It all comes down to how simple or COMPLEX you want your vanity to be.

3- Storage

Think about what kind of STORAGE you need. Do you want drawers, shelves, or both? What will you store on your vanity, and how much space will you need?

Also Read: Is a Makeup Mirror Convex or Concave?


How much does it cost to build a vanity mirror?

This will depend on the size of your mirror, but it will averagely cost you $100-$150.

What can I use instead of a mirror?

Acrylic mirrors are the most well-known mirror substitute on the market. These mirrors are frequently used in place of glass mirrors.


Having a vanity mirror with lights is an extremely USEFUL tool, and it’s not as HARD to make as you might think. I know you’re going to absolutely love having one in your home now that you know how to DIY your own vanity mirror..

You can either buy a premade vanity or follow the DIY steps that I’ve outlined in this article. Either way, you’ll love having a mirror that helps you get ready for your day.

DIY Makeup Mirror with Lights


  • 1. M. WM. A Vanity Mirror of the XVI Century. The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art. 1926;13(9):191-193. Accessed October 20, 2022.
  • 2. Wolf M, McQuitty S. Understanding the do-it-yourself consumer: DIY motivations and outcomes. AMS Review. 2011;1(3-4):154-170. doi:10.1007/s13162-011-0021-2