DIY tutorial: sunburst mirror

Those with eagle eyes who read this post on my new geometric cushions may have also seen one of my latest DIY creations.

I’ve been yearning for a sunburst mirror for some time, as any regular reader of interior design blogs must.

But these mirrors – whether antique versions or modern replicas – sell for about £200 so I set about making my own using an old circular mirror I had lying around, some lollipop sticks and gold spray paint.

DIY sunburst mirror

I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. It doesn’t have the detailing and bevelled edges that the sunburst mirrors of my dreams do, but hung on the wall it has the effect I was looking for. I’d like to give it another coat of spray paint at some point so the wood grain of the sticks is less apparent. But for now it is a warming, cheering focal point in my living room.

Here’s what I did.

You will need:

♥ small round mirror

♥ hot glue

♥ blu-tack

♥ big lollipop/craft sticks (mine were from Hobbycraft and I used 48)

♥ craft knife and mat

♥ gold spray paint

♥ newspaper and masking tape

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

1. Work out where your sticks will go by fixing them with blu-tack or putty evenly around the edges of your mirror.

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

2. Using your craft knife, cut each stick into a point at one end.

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

3. Glue them to your mirror using a hot glue gun.

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

4. For the second round of sticks, as well as cutting them into a point at one end, you also need to trim the other end so that it fits snugly between two sticks. It should protrude further than the first round of sticks.

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

5. Do this all the way round and glue each one in.

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

6. Cover the centre of the mirror with newspaper and masking tape.

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

7. Spray paint, following the instructions on the can. You’ll need to do at least a couple of coats.

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

8. Leave to dry, remove the newspaper and hang. Be careful doing so because the sticks are pretty fragile.

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

DIY sunburst mirror tutorial

What do you think? Is this a project you might try?

 

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