Life Love Larson: DIY Sunburst Mirror


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!