Sunburst mirrors are a beautiful addition to any home’s decor, but they can get expensive… Retail costs for these typically range from $200-$600! With this Sunburst Mirror DIY Tutorial you’ll be able to create a stunning mirror for your home in six simple steps. And get this, you’ll be able to make if for less than $20!
Ever since we upholstered our headboard in the master bedroom I’ve been dreaming of a gold sunburst mirror hanging above it on the white shiplap wall… But have you seen how expensive those things are?! Below are the three I used as inspiration, each of them costing hundreds of dollars.
I knew I could create something that looked the same for just a fraction of the cost. To be honest, I hadn’t planned on doing this project this week, but my kids and I stopped by Hobby Lobby and as we walked down the mirror aisle (theirs was $60 and about half the size) I felt inspired! So we headed back to the crafting section and grabbed dowels, spray paint and a styrofoam ball. It was completely spontaneous and I got really lucky with how everything worked out. That being said, now you can shop and create with confidence knowing I’ve taken all the guess work out of it for you! 😉 Enjoy!
SUNBURST MIRROR DIY TUTORIAL
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- 20 Wood Dowels (1/8″ x 36″)
- Styrofoam Ball (4.7″) (If I could do it over again I would probably buy a styrofoam disc rather than a ball…)
- Spray Paint
- Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- 5″ Mirror (I got mine at Dollar Tree!)
- Glass Candle Plate (I got mine at Dollar Tree!)
- Liquid Nails
- Pliers (I ended up needing two pairs to use at the same time)
- Small Round Hook
STEP 1: Prep Materials
The first thing I did was cut a flat disc out the middle out of my styrofoam ball. I wasn’t sure when I bought the ball if I wanted this to be a flat sunburst mirror or a dome-style urchin, so I bought the ball to accommodate either… Knowing now what I ended up doing, purchasing a disc from the get-go would eliminate the need for the step.
Next I had to figure out the pattern I wanted to do with the dowels, how many I needed in each length, and if I had enough with the random quantity of 20 dowels I bought… Good thing for you, I already did all this engineering and I’ll just give you the simple details.
You want to cut 8 of your dowels in half (2 at 18″), 8 of your dowels into four pieces (2 at 6″ and 2 at 12″) and 4 of your dowels into fourths (4 at 9″). That should give you 16 total of each length: 6″, 9″, 12″, 18″. The pattern will be installed as follows:
18″ – 6″ – 9″ – 12″ – 18″ – 12″ – 9″ – 6″
and you will repeat this 8 times around.
After your dowels are all cut, you’ll want to measure and mark 1/2″ from the end on each one so you know how far to push them into the styrofoam later.
STEP 2: Install Dowels
First, measure the circumference of your styrofoam disc – mine was 15″ so I knew my first 8 dowels would be 1.875″ apart (15″/8). I used my flexible, sewing measuring tape to measure and mark those spots around the edge of the disc. To install the dowels I put a glob of hot glue on the end and just pushed it into the edge of the styrofoam disc up to the 1/2″ mark I made in the last step. Then I repeated the process of measuring, marking, gluing, and installing the second eight 18″ dowels.
After all the 18″ dowels were installed, I installed the 9″dowels. These went halfway between every two 18″ dowel, so I just went around and installed them in the middle of each gap.
The next two lengths are kind of tricky because you have to keep track of the pattern. I thought it would be easiest to give you a step-by-step drawing of the dowel installations, starting from the beginning:
After all of your dowels are installed, you’ll want to place a bead of hot glue along them all the way around and on both sides. I did one side, let it dry for 5 minutes, then turned it over and did the other side. This will give them some more stability so they don’t shift around or fall out.
STEP 3: Glue on Glass Center
Cover the front of the styrofoam (this can be either side – I chose the less nice looking of the two since I was covering it up) with Liquid Nails. I layered mine on thick because my styrofoam wasn’t cut super flat and I needed it to fill in some imperfections. If you start with a disc, you probably won’t need anywhere near this much. Then, push the glass candle holder top-down onto the styrofoam. You should have the three little “feet” of the candle holder on top – those are what you’ll eventually glue your mirror to.
STEP 4: Spray Paint
Now, it’s time to paint! I used a gold metallic spray paint, but you really could use any color your heart desires. You’ll want to paint at least one coat on both sides. I always start with the front so I can do a second coat on the front and not the back if I want to (front, back, front.) I painted a good coat on the glass center and then individually painted each dowel around. On the second (back) coat, I also made sure the very end of each dowel was painted. Let dry for at least 30 minutes between coats and 2 hours before moving on to the next step.
STEP 5: Glue on Mirror
Once your paint is all dry and ready to work with it’s time to glue on your mirror. Place a large blob of hot glue on each of the glass candle holder’s “feet” and press the mirror on top. I just eye-balled center. This does leave a bit of a gap between the gold glass center and the mirror, but I don’t even notice it when it’s hanging on the wall. If you really don’t like the gap you could always glue some twine or ribbon around the edge of the mirror to fill it in.
STEP 6: Install Hook and Hang
Last, but definitely not least, you need to install the hook for hanging it on the wall. I honestly had no idea what I was going to do for this until I actually got to this step… Chris has a small drawer of random hardware and I found this small metal hook in there that worked perfectly. Just bend the end at a 90 degree angle from your hook, place hot glue on the end, and shove it into the styrofoam near the edge. I also placed some extra glue at its base once it was installed.
Now go hang it on the wall and admire your fabulous creation! 🙂
I’m loving mine above our bed. It’s simply beautiful.
Completing this project actually inspired me to do our master bedroom reveal. 🙂 As always, let me know if you have any questions!
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