Home DIY: Sunburst Mirror


If you're looking for a statement piece for your wall, this mirror will definitely do the trick. It's a DIY that comes out looking professional and way more expensive than it really is. When my husband came home and saw the mirror I had made, he thought I'd gone out and spent $50 on a mirror, when all the supplies cost me about half that amount. Here's how to make one for yourself!


Supplies

Mirror with a frame- any size or shape is fine
30 sticks- 36 in. length
1 can of spray paint
Low temp. glue gun
Sharpie
Measuring stick
Scissors or exacto knife


The first thing I did was cut all my sticks in half, so each one was 18 in. long. The best way to do this was to measure one stick, mark 18 in., and then use that stick to mark all the others. This way you don't have to measure over and over again. Scissors or an exacto knife can be used to cut the sticks in half. 
18 in. makes a pretty big sunburst, it will be about 3 ft. in diameter. So if you want yours to be smaller, cut the sticks into smaller pieces. 


Once all the sticks were cut, I spray painted them. For my mirror I used a high gloss copper spray paint. It made the whole sunburst really shiny, which I love. But any color would look great. 
I sprayed one side of the sticks, waited about 30 minutes, then sprayed the other side. It can be a little tricky to coat the entire stick since they are round, so it may take three turnings. 


I removed the mirror from the frame and spray painted the frame the same color as the sticks. If your mirror doesn't detach from the frame, you can cover the mirror with wax paper to keep paint from getting on the mirror. 
Let all the spray paint dry for about 45 minutes. 


Use a glue gun to attach the sticks to the back of the frame. I really recommend using a low temp. gun, since you'll need to hold the sticks in place for the first few seconds. To make sure the sticks were evenly spread around the frame, I started by placing sticks to make four equal quadrants. 
From there, I placed a stick halfway between each of the original sticks.

 I continued to place sticks halfway in between the previous sticks until I had used all the sticks. 



And here's the finished product! This was really fun and easy to make, and I love how it's turned our boring white wall into a statement. Have fun trying this out, and let me know if you have any questions! 


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