Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunburst Mirror Tutorial

I have always, always, always, lusted after the Sunburst Mirror trend. My love affair began when I spotted this mirror at Pier One, however, I was apparently not the only one in love with them and they sold out before I had a chance to buy one for my own. The closest one I have found to the Pier One mirror was this one one at of all places

and this one from Ballard Designs

You can imagine my surprise when I came across Stephanie at Under The Table and Dreaming who actually made one herself for only $5. It looks amazing, I am admittedly not a crafty person, but she makes it sound so easy. If I am feeling slightly adventurous this Summer, I may have to take a stab at it. Besides, if I do screw it up, I am only out $5!


I happen to stumble across a 10 inch beveled edge round mirror for $3.99 and it bloomed from there! The mirror was in the candle section so I believe it was meant to be used as a candle plate.

I brought the mirror home and began my layout. Using Publisher I created a template by dividing a circle into 16 'slices'. You can find the template here. I then printed this baby out and glued onto the back of the mirror. You can see this was my second method as I originally tried to draw lines directly on the mirror itself...trial and this did not work as I thought it would!

I purchased two packs of wooden skewers from Wal-Mart at $0.97 for a pack of 100. You can also find these at your local dollar store. You have to sort though them once you open the pack because a lot of them are bent and not perfect. Still you will be able to find enough in a pack of two to complete this project. I simply used the grout lines in my tile as a guide to finding the good ones...hey, it worked!

I started by gathering sixteen good sticks and marking them all one inch from the pointed side. These will be the main sticks used to create your starburst pattern. Get your glue gun ready girls because it will be put to the test for this one! Using the template as a guide I began gluing the sticks on the designated lines; making sure the marked lines matched up with the edge of the template as shown. Be very generous with your glue is your friend during this project!

Once all sixteen skewers are in place you are ready to create your sunburst pattern. I used my inspiration photo as a guide; however you can create any pattern you wish.

I started with six sticks laid out in the pattern above which I repeated in-between each of the original sixteen sticks already glued to the mirror. You will have to trim some of the sticks in order to get them to fit - I just cut off the ends.

Work your way around the entire mirror using the same pattern. Once I completed each section I went back and filled in any empty spaces with additional sticks cut down to fit. I also went crazy with the glue (can you tell) to ensure a ~forever lasting hold~. Fill in every nook and cranny; I even went as far as putting an extra layer of glue on top of all the sticks! (a little glue over kill doesn't hurt)

Once my mounds of glue were dried I attached two simple picture hangers on the back with Gorilla Glue. I piled on the glue here too and left to dry for 24 hours. I know this looks like one hot mess but I promise it gets better! After impatiently, watching and tapping my fingers for 24 hrs the glue has dried I took braided picture wire and threaded it through the hangers and wrapped together, twisting the ends.

Now your ready for the paint! I carefully covered the face of the mirror with saran wrap and taped off the edges. These little sticks soak up a lot of paint and need a couple of coats. I started off with a couple coats of flat black spray paint. Once I had a nice base coat I topped it off with two coats of Krylon Satin Oil Rubbed Bronze.

What an amazing mirror!


  1. That is so neat! I would never know she made that herself!

  2. Anonymous2:49 PM

    That is awesome! Yeah, Rylie started teething around 3 months and her first tooth popped out at about 6 months. She was definitely a fussy teether, but she is kinda fussy to begin with. Our pedi was right on with Rylies teeth. He said a week and he was almost exactly right. Anywho, I hope Jillian is a better teether than Rylie! But all babies are different.

  3. Love that mirror. I need to make one for my dorm room! :]]

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  6. Oh my word! Love it and she makes it look so easy! Thanks for sharing it. Let us know when you try this out and how it works for you.

  7. Loving the mirror! You did an awesome job!


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