Introduction: IKEA Infinity Mirror

I decided to try building an infinity mirror after seeing this post here on instructables. I had the IKEA frame laying around and decided to try to use that, and it was actually a really god fit for this project.

You'll need:

  • IKEA Ribba Frame (ribba)
  • LEDs - I used RGB (WS2812B)
  • Mirror Film (film)
  • Mirror
  • Wire
  • LED Driver (Arduino or a kit that comes with the RGB LED strips)
  • 5V Adaptor

You could maka a simpler version by just using a single piece of LED strip and wrap that around the sides, but I had these LEDs laying around from another project.

The RIBBA frame is available in black which would save you the painting also.

Step 1: Drill Template

Everything is mounted on the inner frame which leaves the outer frame nice and untouched.

I made a simple drill template and glued it to the sides of the inner frame to get even spacing of the LEDs.

Step 2: Drill Holes

I drilled 8mm holes for the LEDs.

Step 3: Countersink

Drilled 12mm countersink holes that the LED will drop into, so that they fit between the inner and outer frame.

Step 4: Paint It Black

You don't want to see the fram inside of the mirror.

Step 5: Glue on the LEDs

Used some hot glue to glue on the LEDs.

Step 6: Wire It Up

These LEDs have positive (+5V), negative (GND) and a control pin. You'll just need to connect them in a long serie. These's a about 1mm of space around the inner frame, make sure the wire will fit inside the outer frame.

SparkFun explains it all on how to hock up the LEDs. ws2812 guide

Step 7: Hot Glue As a Diffusor

I cut small pieces of a hot glue stick and used that as a diffuser for the LEDs, to give it a nice soft lightbulby look. I glued them on infront of each LED.

Step 8: Add the Mirror Film

Add the mirror film to the inside of the frame glas. This was tricky, use a drop of soap in water and spray it on the glas before adding the film. (I'll probably redo this part again later, I ended up with a lot of small bubbles/imperfections. But they don't really show when the light is on)

Step 9: Drop in the Glas

Test drive with the one way mirror film in place.

Step 10: Add the Paper Letter

I added a paper letter (my sons initial) in the center which I got from the local craft store. here Which I think really add a nice personal touch to the project.

This is a nice instructable if you want to make your own.

Step 11: Drop in the Mirror

Drop in the mirror and add the protective back on it.

Step 12: All Done

Comments

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moaddip made it! (author)2015-02-05

Thanks for this instructable! I decided to make one as a gift for Valentines Day :) I used WS2812B LED strips for this project. and designed 3d-printed LED diffuser instead of using the hot glue sticks. It's still a work in progress as I want to attach a 1590A housing for the power supply connections / electronics with contrast control / effect selection etc.

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jowood (author)moaddip2015-05-05

Hi,

Sorry to bore you again,

Is it possible for you to share the 3D design of the diffusers?

Thank you

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MajesticDoge (author)jowood2017-04-28

its hot glue...

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wilsondm (author)jowood2016-10-26

exelente trabalho

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jowood (author)moaddip2015-02-11

Hi,

Can you point me on the led strip you used?

Did you just glued the led strip on the inside of the frame or you made the holes like in the tutorial? Can you please post a picture of how you led strip placed on the frame?

Thanks

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moaddip (author)jowood2015-02-11

Hey there, I've used this one in my project: http://www.ebay.de/itm/350828266436

I didn't want the ugly white strips to be visible so I've drilled those holes, placed the diffusors on the inside and attached the LED strips (cut in 4 13-LED strips) on the outside of the inner frame. I will post some more pictures when I get home :)

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jowood (author)moaddip2015-02-11

Ok thanks for the info :)

And thanks in advance for the photos :)

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moaddip (author)jowood2015-02-12

There you go :) The tape may look a bit fugly, but you can't see it when the frame is assembled

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jowood (author)moaddip2015-02-12

Perfect.

Thank you very much :)

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MajesticDoge (author)2017-04-28

Could I use this:https://www.amazon.com/12-Acrylic-See-Through-Mirror/dp/B017ONH3EG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493416571&sr=8-2&keywords=one+way+mirror instead of the mirror film

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secretshedfreak made it! (author)2016-12-28

Great idea and instructions thanks!

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wesley35601 (author)2016-09-28

can you upload the code, im a beginner and have a nano board

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Sergey Chernyshev (author)2016-09-04

Planning to make one like that, maybe battery-powered though.

Made a 3D model of the RIBBA mirror in case somebody needs to plan their project:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1752490

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mprosek333 (author)2016-08-02

I'm planning to make one of these in the near future, but I just wanted to make a suggestion for the diffusers which I think might work: you could also possibly use clear bump-ons that are normally used for the back of picture frames, cabinets drawers, or the bottom of coasters! You can get them at hardware stores in the picture hanging hardware area, or craft stores. This is what they look like: https://www.amazon.com/3M-SJ5312-Bumpon-Blister-B...

If anyone else tries these, I'd love to know how it goes! (I probably won't be making my frame until September, but I'll post my notes when I do make it)

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mprosek333 (author)2016-08-02

I'm planning to make one of these in the near future, but I just wanted to make a suggestion for the diffusers which I think might work: you could also possibly use clear bump-ons that are normally used for the back of picture frames, cabinets drawers, or the bottom of coasters! You can get them at hardware stores in the picture hanging hardware area, or craft stores. This is what they look like: https://www.amazon.com/3M-SJ5312-Bumpon-Blister-B...

If anyone else tries these, I'd love to know how it goes! (I probably won't be making my frame until September, but I'll post my notes when I do make it)

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mprosek333 (author)2016-08-02

I'm planning to make one of these in the near future, but I just wanted to make a suggestion for the diffusers which I think might work: you could also possibly use clear bump-ons that are normally used for the back of picture frames, cabinets drawers, or the bottom of coasters! You can get them at hardware stores in the picture hanging hardware area, or craft stores. This is what they look like: https://www.amazon.com/3M-SJ5312-Bumpon-Blister-B...

If anyone else tries these, I'd love to know how it goes! (I probably won't be making my frame until September, but I'll post my notes when I do make it)

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mprosek333 (author)2016-08-02

I'm planning to make one of these in the near future, but I just wanted to make a suggestion for the diffusers which I think might work: you could also possibly use clear bump-ons that are normally used for the back of picture frames, cabinets drawers, or the bottom of coasters! You can get them at hardware stores in the picture hanging hardware area, or craft stores. This is what they look like: https://www.amazon.com/3M-SJ5312-Bumpon-Blister-B...

If anyone else tries these, I'd love to know how it goes! (I probably won't be making my frame until September, but I'll post my notes when I do make it)

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Heyup (author)2016-08-02

This is one of the best I have seen, I made one a while back with just white led strip and it is "ok ish " but does not have much depth! any idea what I could have done wrong? Keep sharing your amazing talent, Thanks... John :)

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mprosek333 (author)2016-08-02

I'm planning to make one of these in the near future, but I just wanted to make a suggestion for the diffusers which I think might work: you could also possibly use clear bump-ons that are normally used for the back of picture frames, cabinets drawers, or the bottom of coasters! You can get them at hardware stores in the picture hanging hardware area, or craft stores. This is what they look like: https://www.amazon.com/3M-SJ5312-Bumpon-Blister-B...

If anyone else tries these, I'd love to know how it goes! (I probably won't be making my frame until September, but I'll post my notes when I do make it)

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mprosek333 (author)2016-08-02

I'm planning to make one of these in the near future, but I just wanted to make a suggestion for the diffusers which I think might work: you could also possibly use clear bump-ons that are normally used for the back of picture frames, cabinets drawers, or the bottom of coasters! You can get them at hardware stores in the picture hanging hardware area, or craft stores. This is what they look like: https://www.amazon.com/3M-SJ5312-Bumpon-Blister-B...

If anyone else tries these, I'd love to know how it goes! (I probably won't be making my frame until September, but I'll post my notes when I do make it)

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safe_silence (author)2016-07-08

awesome instructable! Instead of getting a custom mirror made, would the effect work with mirror film used for both he front AND back?

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Orwa Diraneyya (author)2016-07-07

Using sliced hot glue stick as diffuser is ingenious

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owning made it! (author)2016-06-19

Thank you all for the insightful comments. I was able to make it by myself !

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MoK6 (author)2016-01-27

Are you sure that template is correct? I've printed it a few times, but it's too small. Using the 23cm square RIBBA frame.

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zydon69 made it! (author)2016-01-14

thank you for this tutorial! i made mine with:

olunda:

http://www.ikea.com/fr/fr/catalog/products/5018582...

mirror:

http://www.ikea.com/fr/fr/catalog/products/3915170...

cut-glass, to ajdust the mirror in the right size:

http://www.leroymerlin.fr/v3/p/produits/coupe-verr...

and the letter wood from aliexpress (name of my girlfriend ^^) :

http://fr.aliexpress.com/item/Free-SHipping-Interi...

i put the mirror film in the extern side.

http://www.ikea.com/fr/fr/catalog/products/3915170...

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pachytrance (author)2015-12-29

cool

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ChristianS13 (author)2015-04-19

Where did all you guys get the 23cm x 23cm mirror?

haven't found one online, so I will have to order a custom sized one...

thx for this idea, will start soon my first one and will report back...

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JoshB79 (author)ChristianS132015-12-23

I had my local glass cutting shop make a 9x9 inch mirror for $12.

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JoshB79 (author)2015-12-01

Can someone please measure the dimensions of the frame glass for me? I'm in Canada, and planning on making this as a Christmas present, so I need to order the mirror before the frame will be delivered to ensure that everything is ready in time.

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JoshB79 (author)JoshB792015-12-12

It showed up. The glass in my frame measured 9x9 inches exactly. NOTE: It is worth being cautious about any measurements provided by IKEA, many measurements on their site are wrong.

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LindseyD2 (author)2015-01-11

I am very new to these types of projects, but have a student that would like to give this a try. Can you give me links to buy the proper LEDs, LED driver, and 5V adapter. Thanks so much for your help!

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dmilesson (author)LindseyD22015-01-13

Actually, you'll need this type of strip if you want to control the LED's individually.

I used a Arduino Nano as a controller, and any USB charger is 5v which would power both the leds and the Nano.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WS2812B-WS2811-RGB-LED-Str...

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joshn070 (author)dmilesson2015-11-06

Hi,

This was a great tutorial and I'm looking to make this for a christmas present :) I'm just looking at the instructions for hooking up the LED's to the power supply on the sparkfun page. Just wondering whether you used a 5V 2A power adapter for your Nano? Was this able to sufficiently power your 32 LED's with the Nano's 5V output pin?

Also, did you connect a resistor/capacitor as advised? I'm a little confused about how I would connect the capacitor to be as close to the LED Strip as possible. Would you please be able to take a picture of your wiring?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks :)

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dmilesson (author)joshn0702015-11-11

You'll be fine with 2A. I'm actually just using 500mA, which low but works fine if you're not making all the LEDs shine white at the same time.

The output pin is not powering the LEDs, just sending data.

I did not use any other components, just test before hooking everything up and you'll be fine. :)

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dmilesson (author)LindseyD22015-01-13

I'd use this if I would do it again, 1meter led strip, with IR controller and adapter 8$. And all the LEDs are allready connected.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-20M-RGB-5050-SMD-waterpr...

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jowood (author)dmilesson2015-02-05

Great tutorial, i'm going to build one myself :)

Just one question

Using this kind of led strip would it still be needed to drill the holes for the leds, or just glue them inside the frame?

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herroherren (author)2015-10-11

Hi all,

Is it okay to use a NeoPixel LED strip for this project?

Thanks!!

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dmilesson (author)herroherren2015-10-11

Sure, they're basically the same as the ones I uses (but more expensive I guess)

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herroherren (author)dmilesson2015-10-16

Ah yes, I unfortunately discovered this after the fact of purchasing them : /. Thanks for the reply!

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bigjamsie85 (author)2015-08-12

thanks for the share, going to make one myself now

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DustinR1 made it! (author)2015-05-24

Thanks for the amazing idea. I made this for my fiancee for a wedding gift

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AlexanderJ2 (author)DustinR12015-08-06

Hi, can you tell me how you made a picture inside the mirror, is it a blank white paper or what?

P.S. It's awesome :)

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LiveCrafts (author)2015-07-27

Love it!

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DamJa974 made it! (author)2015-03-29

Thanks for this awesome project !!

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goldlego made it! (author)2015-03-23

This is great! Thanks for sharing! I added a white vinyl Apple logo to mine, and instead of using chopped up glue sticks as diffusers, I used hot glue to make little domes around the LEDs.

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awalter8 (author)2015-03-08

I have this all assembled great but can't seem to figure out the power supply there are two 3pin connectors at each end of the strip (male and female) and what looks like a ground. Where can I find a power hookup to light this bad boy up?

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JayA3 (author)2015-02-24

Great Instructable! Used it to create my own with individually addressable LEDs which made for some cool effects. Snapped some pics with it all red just as an example.

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pooley182 made it! (author)2015-02-23

I skipped the part about painting the inside black, which I now wish I hadn't. Also instead of glue sticks I actually piped translucent silicone into the holes for the leds, which I had laying around from recently fitting a new bathroom.

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hellagkimz (author)2015-02-18

Am interested in making one of these, but do not want to leave arduino connected. Can this rainbow pattern be accomplished by pre-programming the LEDs and disconnecting the controller? If so, will they remember their spectrum settings after power is cut and restored?

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