Life Love Larson: DIY Sunburst Mirror


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY Sunburst Mirror

I made and blogged about a DIY sunburst mirror when we lived in San Antonio (16 months ago).  At that time, I still had not hung the mirror.  I was going to hang it in our dining room that I was painting, but we got the call to move before I had the chance.  During the move, a few of the wood shims came apart and it didn’t look as fresh as when I first made it.
So……………………..I decided to take it all apart and redo it a few weeks ago.  Much like the first time around, construction of this mirror can be done during nap time (which for me has turned into “quiet time”)!
I did a few things differently this time around.  I staggered the shims more at the ends and I added a Danish Oil finish to the wood.  I did not add any more shims or a new mirror.  I simply reused the same materials and had to purchase the Danish Oil (around $8 from Lowe’s).
I hot glued the shims to the craft forms and to each other.  You can see the ends are a little more staggered than the first time around.  Once the shims were glued, I took it to the garage and added 3 coats of Danish Oil.  I wanted to keep the natural look of the wood, but I wanted it to look a little more finished and saturated.

FYI: I applied the Danish Oil with an old cloth.  Once the shims dried, I brought it back inside (this thing is huge, so be careful in transport) to add a hanging mechanism.  Steve drilled this into the larger of the two craft forms.

Once this was done, I just needed to reattach the mirror.  I was able to remove the mirror from the last time I made one, scraped the wood glue from the back, and reused it.  I used hot glue to attach the shims, but I used wood glue to attach the mirror to the shims.  Just eyeball the center, glue, and stick.  You will want to put some heavy items on the mirror and let dry overnight.
I wanted to hang this on the first floor of our house because it is just so striking, but I don’t have a lot of wall space (lots of windows and open concept).  When I painted the chalkboard wall, I took down the large cabinet door chalkboard, and that left open a space on a wall in our eating area (and I moved the $5 side table underneath it).
I just love how bold and big it is, and love how it brings a large natural element to the space.  We do not use the mirror to look at ourselves, purely decorative! 
Finally, after 16 months, we are enjoying the sunburst mirror! :)


  1. That looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy.

  2. Awesome mirror! I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!


  3. Wow, what an amazingly stylish mirror, fabulous post! Thanks for sharing! Hope I can make one for my condo in philippines. :)

  4. So stylish - so awesome. I would never have the patience to piece all those shims together. And to think you did it twice!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  5. How beautiful. So Nice to have found your blog. I'm visiting from French Country Cottage.

  6. I LOVEEE sunburst mirrors and I've been wanting to make one for ages, but the problem is I can't find a round mirror anywhere. :( I wonder how it would look if I use a squared mirror.

    Ps. It would be really awesome if you shared this at my link party on Saturday on my blog :D

    Have a nice day :D

  7. I love this. Found this on Hookin Up with HOH.

  8. This is crazy, I LOVE it. Found you looking for an idea to make a mirror for my outdoor shower! This is just so great. I'm going to pin it and if mine turns out good I'll be back with a picture !! I'm thinking yard sticks? Thanks for posting this .. Happy Fall... Jules ~

  9. You did a really good job. It looks like something from a catalog that would cost big bucks to me!

  10. A perfect mirror for my new condominium Philippines. Will gonna make two of these! Thanks for the tutorials! :)