This is something a little different, a post not about my kids! I have always adored those large, funky sun/starburst mirrors I see in store. However, I did not adore the $200-$300 price tag that usually accompanies them. When I saw this cool DIY tutorial for a sunburst mirror from Dollar Store Crafts and also this cool DIY tutorial from the Small Home Love blog and this cool DIY tutorial from Apartment Therapy, I knew that I could make one for my home.
My inspiration from Lamps Plus ($239)
- bamboo skewers, or small craft dowels
- 4″ mirror (you can use any size mirror in the middle, I used a 4″ one)
- Krylon Silver Metallic Paint – Use Krylon, we also tried Rustoleum and it was a very dull silver
- small beveled mirrors (I got mine online from JOann’s) – pack of 25 for $1.99
- E6000 glue or gorilla glue. Be forewarned, if you go with gorilla glue, it does EXPAND so put that into your considerations.
- cardboard rounds
First, I spray painted the dowels with the paint
Then, I cut TWO cardboard round to match my 4″ middle mirror. One for the dowels, and one for the mirror. You can cut it to match the shape of whatever size mirror you pick. I also marked it so I knew where to lay down my dowels when I glued.
After the dowels dried, I glued them to the cardboard round with the markings. Not pictured: I glued the mirror to the other cardboard round, then glued it on top of the dowels here. Then I laid a book on it overnight for it to dry and set.
I then glued all the little mirrors to the dowels. This was pretty easy, the glue set pretty quickly so I didn’t have to hold them to make sure they didn’t fall off.
And voila! The finished starburst mirror! I am really pleased with how it turned out. Please excuse the tape, we were figuring out the best location to put it and the tape was to make sure it wouldn’t fall off the wall.
And how it looks above our bed. You can just see the size of it from here – it’s also fairly lightweight. Hooray for DIY craftiness!
So there you have it, a fairly easy and cheap way to make a big, showy piece for your home. I leave you with two dancing boys, because I can’t have a blog post that doesn’t show off my cute kids. 🙂