Love the look of a sunburst mirror but don’t want to spend a lot of money on one? Well, this DIY sunburst mirror only cost me $3. Your version may cost more depending on whether or not you have some of the supplies on hand. Let’s start with the supplies you need.
1 – mirror
2 – glue
3 – scissors
4 – skewers
5 – thick cardboard
6 – something round that’s smaller than the mirror
I used a 5″ mirror candle holder from the Dollar Tree. If you use one of these, you will need to remove the felt pieces from the back of the mirror.
Trace your mirror on a thick piece of cardboard. I used a sturdy box. This will be the back of your sunburst mirror.
Use a circular shaped object (smaller than your mirror) and trace a circle onto the cardboard. This will be a quid line for where to place your kabob skewers. I used a ribbon spool but decided it was too large so I drew a smaller circle inside of the first one. That’s why you see 2 circles in the above photo.
You will need to determine how big you want your sunburst to be by playing around with the skewers on the cardboard.
I had to cut my skewers down to 7″ sticks. That’s where the scissors come in. You will not want to use your “good” scissors for this task. I used the utility scissors that came in my knife block.
I played around with the placement of my skewers until I was satisfied. Once I liked how it looked, I picked them all up and traced over the drawn circle with my glue. I used E6000 which may have been overkill on this project but it dries much slower than hot glue so it gave me plenty of time to lay out all of the skewers.
Because I used the E6000, it was necessary to let it dry for about 24 hours. I placed a vase upside down on top of the skewers to hold them in the glue while they dried. (I used a lot of glue)
To make the whole process easier, I used a lazy susan, with a paper towel on it, under the whole project.
Once my glue was dry (or dry enough), I used painters tape and newspaper to cover the mirror. Then I threw a bunch of old newspaper on the coffee table and spray painted this sunburst in the living room.
Two things I should tell you:
1- I got a little excited and glued the mirror onto the skewers before I painted it. It would have been much easier to paint it before attaching the mirror.
2- Yes, I spray painted this in my living room because it was about 5* outside the day I made this. The garage wasn’t even warm enough to paint. The living room furniture was never in any danger but I forgot about the paint fumes. I ended up having to open a window to air the place out.
Here’s the finished project. It’s 16″ tall. I used a 3M velcro strip to hang it on the wall.
Here’s my cost break down:
Kabob Skewers $2
I already had the glue, paint and cardboard.
Total cost $3
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