Sunburst Mirror {Tutorial}

I love this mirror from Layla Grace, but at $308 a pop this sunburst just wasn’t in the budget. Actually one mirror is more than the entire budget. So I decided to make my own diy sunburst mirror instead.

sunburst mirror

Diy sunburst mirror tutorial

What I love most is the pattern. But in order to recreate it you have to get a little technical. You’re also going to need a few inexpensive supplies in order to make you’re diy sunburst mirror.

5″ mirror

cardboard

skewers

5″ brass craft ring

I traced the mirror onto a cardboard piece I was saving for a craft just like this. Glad I didn’t get rid of it, see mild hoarding’s not  that bad.

I found the center of the 5″ cardboard circle very scientifically (I eyeballed it) and drew a dot. Then I drew a vertical and horizontal line creating four sections. I drew two lines intersecting those lines creating 8 sections. then I separated each section into three by drawing two more lines. Creating 24 equally spaced sections. Then drew a second circle about an inch in from the edge. Here’s what that looks like:

Diy-sunburst-mirror-plan

I bought a package of 100 12 inch long bamboo skewers and used 96 for the sunburst.

Separate them into 4 groups of 24 and trim off the ends. I just used pruning shears to cut them:

The first group will be used as is (12″).

Remove 3″ to 3 1/2″ from the second group,

Remove 4″ to 4 1/2″ from the third group

Remove 5″ to 5 1/2″ from the 4th group.

The half-inch difference depends on how pronounced you want the difference in lengths to be.

Glue the first group of 24 on each line on the cardboard, use only a thin layer of hot glue. You don’t want to have globs of glue all over because it will make it harder later when you’re adding the last set. Also try to keep them as evenly spaced as possible this will help for later on too.

Diy-sunburst-mirror-made-with-skewers

cardboard-skewer-Diy-sunburst-mirror

Next, add the second set of skewers, but only glue them up to the second circle line. Your going to add  two on either side of every other of the first set. Here also using a small amount of glue.

sunburst mirror diy

Next work your way out from there add two of the next size all around and then the last size. So you get a staggered pattern

sunburst mirror tutorial

You can then add a reinforcing layer of glue atop all the skewers to make sure they stay in place. Now it’s time for the fun part, the paint.

I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in gold.

First remove all the glue webs and angle the can when spraying so you cover the sides as well as the top of the skewers.

After a couple of coats and when dry, glue the diy sunburst mirror to the center of the skewers. The brass rings I found (got them at Michaels) are the exact same size of the mirror, so I had to glue them to the face instead of the sides of the mirror (which would have been much easier).

brass-craft-rings

Why couldn’t the stupid ring be 1/4″ wider???!!!

Glue Fail #1: I tried hot glueing the brass ring to the mirror twice. It made a mess and didn’t stick.

Glue Fail #2: I had a new bottle of gorilla glue (waiting for another project), I’ve never used it before so I applied too much and it was a mess. It said it would foam and expand in the instructions but I didn’t realize how much. I had to cut the excess foam with an exacto blade and then remove what was still stuck on the glass with alcohol and q-tips. NOT FUN.  But at least it stuck!

gluing-brass-ring-to-sunburst-mirror

Next, I glued a ring hanger to the cardboard on the back of the sunburst with gorilla glue. I didn’t want to risk this thing falling because the hot glue didn’t hold.

Update: I realized I hadn’t posted any pictures of the diy mirror back, where the hanger was attached.

Here are a couple of photos, please disregard the gorilla glue mess on the hanger and the stained carpet ( we will hopefully be changing it in the near future).

Just to clarify; the hanger is attached to the cardboard circle, the skewers are attached to the other side of the cardboard, the mirror is attached directly to the skewers and then the metal ring is attached to the mirror. Phew, that was a mouthful!

back-of-diy-sunburst-mirror

back-of-sunburst-mirror

I cut out a circle out of paper to protect the glass and then sprayed the sides of the mirror and ring to cover up the remaining bits of blue.

DIY Sunburst Mirror Cost Breakdown:

  • Mirror $1 (dollar tree)
  • Skewers $2 (Publix)
  • Cardboard (free)
  • Gold Spray Paint ($5)
  • Hot Glue, Gorilla Glue (had it)
  • Ring Hangers (had them, got them at home depot)

Total: $8 (Yay!) I still have $300 to spend on something else.

There you have it, an easy and really cheap way to make your own diy sunburst mirror, that actually looks better than the store-bought version. I love it so much I made two. Now I just have to decide where to hang them. Here’s their temporary spot.

diy sunburst mirror handmade

diy sunburst mirror

They are most likely going to go in the master bedroom. I’m working on the master bedroom mood board, so I’ll show you what I’m going to do soon.

Update: Ok, I’m still (not really) working on the Master Bedroom. However, I did finally make my very own pipe shelves and hung both mirrors right above them.

sunburst miror

I love how they look there in the entry. Let me know what you think, should they stay or should I put them in the bedroom?

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Comments

Sunburst Mirror {Tutorial} — 64 Comments

  1. I honestly think yours looks prettier than the pricier version! Love the tutorial, I think I might try something like this myself :D

  2. You did a fabulous job…I have been wanting one of these but so far..not in the budget. I’m glad I found you blog and I am a new follower. I would love for you to stop by and follow me too. Hope to see you soon, Lori

  3. I made a couple of these not too long ago, and I LOVE them! So easy to make and at barely even a fraction of the cost… can’t beat it!

  4. LOVE this idea. I am getting ready to remodel and paint our master bedroom and I will for sure make one of these. Thanks

    • That great Sally! I’m thinking about putting mine there too, I think it’ll add a little glamour. Email me some pics when you do, I would love to post them.

  5. Thank you so much for this great idea. I have been searching for ages for a sunburst mirror. I live on the other side of the world and even if I were to be able to afford a sunburst mirror, I am sure that I would be very lucky if it arrived intact. I am so glad that I stumbled on this site and found someone that thinks outside the square (or round…….B-) Alison

  6. I’ve always wanted to make a sunburst mirror but never get into doing it because I don’t have time and most tutorial I’ve seen are not locally available. Your tutorial is great, i can buy the materials even from craft shop here. thank you!

    • And there’s not too much to buy which is good. If you can’t find rings you could also use a 5″ embroidery hoop.

    • Hi Vicki. Thanks for your question, I realized I hadn’t included any photos of the back of the mirror. I actually glued the metal hanger to the back of the cardboard. I updated the post and added a couple of photos of the back. Hope that helps! If you have any other questions let me know :)

  7. What a great job you did, it is so pretty. Your tutorial is very good, and thanks so much for sharing. those of us who wants to make one will have not problem following it. Really cute and you sure did a great job! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best! Following you on Linky, if you haven’t hope you follow also.

  8. Hi Jacky,
    Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous tutorial with us at WIW. I love the step by step (just what I need!) instructions. Love it!
    Hugs,
    Patti

  9. Love the detailed tutorial! I purchased some shims, mirror, crafting ring, and spray paint to make a shim mirror this weekend and never thought to layout the lengths like you did! Thanks for the idea and at $8 I might just have to make one of these too!

  10. Your sunburst mirror is stunning! Thank you for this great tutorial, I have been wanting to make a sunburst mirror too but have been putting it off. Seeing your beautiful mirror inspired me. Thanks!

  11. Hello! I am making this tonight! Is there any reason why the skewers cant be glued directly to the back of the mirror. Why the extra layer of cardboard? Thanks so much for any help! I cant wait to finish!

    • I don’t see why not. I just found it easier to glue them to the cardboard for a couple of reasons. It’s easy to draw the guidelines on the cardboard (but you could probably draw them on the back of the mirror too), It was easy to spray paint tne skewers right on the cardboard (When you spray paint the front of the skewers you’ll have to cover the mirror if you do it the other way). I would still recommend using a cardboard on the back of the piece just to make it look more finished. Hope that helps, let me know how it turns out :)

  12. Thank you for the quick reply! I ended up doing what you did…it was easier for spray painting later. Mine turned out slightly different because I used a 7 inch mirror, and didnt cut the skewers, just put the skewers farther in or out on the cardboard. But this was so fun! thank you for the tutorial and I will keep an eye on your future posts!

    • Thanks Caitlin. That’s great, I’m so glad you were able to make it! It must look really pretty with a larger mirror.

  13. Oh! and one more question. How big is yours from one edge to other. I’m curious how the 5 inch mirror makes a difference

    • It’s about 23 1/2″ inches across. I like your idea of not cutting the skewers, that makes it a lot easier to make.

      • Caitlin, I’m debating between using a 5″ or a 7″ mirror. What is your total diameter using the 7″? And did you make a guide on the cardboard as you put the skewers further in or out? Any pictures?
        Thanks, and props to you Jacky! I’m stoked to make one for my bedroom now!
        :)

    • Awesome! I got them at Michaels. Not sure what they are supposed to be for, but they were in the leather working section of the store. They are called craft rings. Hope that helps.

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