Monday, July 11, 2011

DIY Sunburst Mirror

For all of you that ask me, "how do you find the time?", you really can create this mirror while your kids nap.  I know, because I did!

Sunburst mirrors are ALL OVER blogland, and the inspiration for mine came from JandJ Home via this post.   I thought I knew where I was going to hang this before I made it, now I am not so sure.  I ended up liking the look and the scale much more than I thought I was going to!

It was easy.  It was inexpensive.  I love the natural look of it with the cedar shims.

I used the same supplies and tutorial from JandJ Home:

2 flat craft rings (large and medium sized)
2 packs of cedar shims (got mine from Home Depot)
glue gun and glue sticks
12" round mirror

Here are a few pics of the process.  I glued down the first layer of shims at the same length.

I had enough shims to do 3 layers.  I glued the last two layers closer to the center and filled in where it looked bare (remember, I am an eyeballer :).

I picked up a 12" mirror from Hobby Lobby and glued it in the center with wood glue. 

I put a stack of books and a heavy candle holder on top of the mirror over night.  

I have not hung the mirror yet, because I haven't decided where it is going!  I will post a pic when it finally finds a home!

Cost breakdown:

2 packs cedar shims - $10 at Home Depot
Large craft ring - $3.99 (but used 40% of coupon at Michael's)
Small craft ring - $1.99
15 glue sticks - I buy packs of 20 for $1 at Dollar Tree
12" Mirror - $5.99 (but used a 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby)

Total cost was just under $20- I'll take it!

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  1. Great job! What a great mirror. I may try this for my daughter's room. She's been asking me to 'make' her a mirror for a while. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks so doable.

  2. Love it - thanks for the easy step by step!

  3. This was a brilliant mid century modern reproduction! Brilliant! I'm your newest follower; found you via Kim.

  4. absolutely LOVE this project and may have to try one very very soon. it looks amazing, i know you must be proud! thanks!!! :)

    katie@little things bring smiles

  5. Love this! It is amazing! Great job :) I made a sunburst mirror awhile back, but I am not a fan of it. I have been wanting to try one like this for awhile now.

  6. Very pretty! I've been meaning to make a DIY sunburst mirror too. I'm glad to hear it's not too hard!

  7. Wow! It looks awesome. Thanks so much for linking back to me. :)

  8. This looks amazing!!!! What a great decor craft! I am visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower! My Delicately Constructed Friday Linky party starts tomorrow morning and I would LOVE if you would link this up!
    Hope that you have a great weekend and that I see you around soon!