DIY Sunburst Mirror

I love this mirror and have wanted it forever, but with the price being over $200 there was no way I was ever going to get it.

That’s when I decided to make my own. Mine only cost me $5 because I had some of the supplies on hand. Even if you need to purchase all the supplies to make the mirror, it would still be under $10.

I started by laying my plan, for the mirror, out on the table. I’m working in an unfinished basement (that’s the heat duct in the reflection of the mirror).

I used wood skewers as the burst part of the mirror. I stuck them in the top of a box to be able to paint all the pieces at one time.

It worked perfectly. I painted them all Krylon silver, but I think they would also look great painted white, black, or gold.

I don’t like taking time to measure. I usually just eyeball it, but I did measure the first four pieces to make sure I was starting out even. I used gorilla glue to hold them in place. It expands, which was perfect for this project.

After the first 4 were in place, I filled in with 4 more. I didn’t measure this part. It was easy to tell when the skewer was in the center of the other two.

Then I filled in with 8 (slightly smaller) skewers. You don’t have to use ones that are different sizes, but I already had them so I decided to use them.

I then weighed it down with a heavy book and let it dry over night.

I attached smaller mirrors to the end of every skewer using the same gorilla glue. I had to weigh those pieces down too.

Once those were all dry, I turned the piece over and added the smallest mirrors. I used gorilla glue super glue for these pieces. It works best if you use very little glue (just a dot) and a very light hand. Hold each mirror in place for about 15 seconds, but don’t move the whole piece for about an hour.

I placed the smallest mirrors on randomly.

Here’s a close up of the painted detail and the small mirrors. I love the reflection of the mirrors with the silver.

Sorry about my big face in the mirror, but I wanted a picture of it straight on.

I love how it turned out and how it looks in my room. For some reason my daughter thought it was hers. I guess I’ll be making another one soon.

I’m thinking of making some smaller ones for Christmas ornaments. They would go along perfectly with my silver, white and red theme this year.

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Handy Man, Crafty Woman November 23, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Great job!! Love the new banner!

  • Chantel November 23, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I love this! SO much! Where do you buy circle mirrors? and that small?? I will definitely be making this!

    Also, I am loving the new look of your blog!

  • Gwen November 23, 2010, 10:29 pm

    That is so cool! It looks fantastic!

  • Cara November 23, 2010, 10:42 pm

    What a great project! I LOVE those sunburst mirrors, and I’ve been thinking about purchasing a pair of them for my master bedroom. It never occurred to me to make my own, but you’ve made it look completely doable!

  • Kim November 24, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Leanne, this is so neat. I was reading about the mirrors when my son walked by and decided to read over my shoulder (snoopy teenager 🙂 and he said he thought the one you made was cooler than the one from the store. That one was too busy and too expensive. I think he is right and I’m loving that he is learning the value of money from outside sources, not just listening to me lecture him. Thanks for the post! Have a good Thanksgiving.

  • Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking November 26, 2010, 6:49 pm

    Love how it turned out. I’m putting your mirror in the PoPP Spotlight this weekend.

  • Meg November 27, 2010, 7:11 pm

    This is so cute and easy! Thanks for the tutorial! WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR MIRRORS?? I would love to know so I can try it out! I love the idea of using smaller versions for ornaments! If you try it out, let us know! 🙂

  • Cheri November 29, 2010, 11:29 am

    I told my engineer hubby we have to make one of these and your directions will make it super easy. Where did you find all the mirrors – a craft store? Thanks!

  • TRU @ TRU TALES FEATS December 5, 2010, 7:31 am

    Very nice. And frugal too!

  • Ashlee December 6, 2010, 1:10 am

    Very nice reproduction! You did a great job! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

  • Cynthia December 6, 2010, 9:06 am

    My daughter would die for this for Christmas. I just might have to get busy. Thanks for the idea yours turned out great

  • Carmie of the Single Nester December 10, 2010, 5:47 pm

    This really looks so rich and lovely. I never would’ve thought to use wooden skewers.

  • Holly L December 19, 2010, 12:57 am

    That is a beautiful mirror and decorator piece you have created.
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  • Cheri Peoples December 20, 2010, 5:21 am

    That is GORGEOUS. You did a fabulous job.


  • ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage & Junkologie December 20, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Congrats on making the Top 10 at The DIY Club!


  • Roeshel December 23, 2010, 4:49 pm

    Super job! I love starburst mirrors! Yours look so pretty!

  • orangesugar January 7, 2011, 8:07 am

    I assisted my sister with a similar project inspired from a tutorial I found on apartment therapy.

  • Aurelia March 10, 2011, 1:05 pm

    I love love love….. this sunburst mirror!!
    Just wonder where I can get these small round mirrors?

  • Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys July 8, 2011, 8:33 pm

    Great tip to spray paint the sticks. 🙂

  • Joselyn@The DIY Spot July 8, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Very clever design. Love it!

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