Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DIY - Sunburst Mirror

Plastered all over decorator's blogland these days are one particular item that can be found in any respectable design blogger's home...the sunburst mirror. And for good reason, because they are pretty awesome if you ask me.

The only problem is these things aren't cheap, and I am. :)

Obviously we turn to the internet in times like these, and I knew one quick search on pinterest would turn up something for me. Boy was I right. There are tons of tutorials on how you can make one of these for yourself at a fraction of the cost. One mirror in particular caught my eye, both in looks and materials. I knew it would be easy peasy to recreate!

As you may know, I love paper crafts, and here was a sunburst mirror made out of craft paper. I mean...awesome. And the end product is actually much sturdier than you might expect. All you need is a small round mirror, a pack of card stock, scissors, and a hot glue gun.

The original designer of this mirror used more steps than I did in her creation. She made her own mirror base out of glass and a ceiling medallion. But I found an already-made mirror that was just the right shape and size at Target and for a great price (especially after several coupon codes!) I ended up paying about $8.00 for it. After using eighty cents worth of craft paper I made a great new mirror for less than $10.00!

The process is simple:

Take a piece of paper and draw a template for your sunbursts that look like this:

Making two different sizes will give you lots of visual interest. (I actually ended up using four different sizes, but more on that later. If you want a mirror that looks just like the original, you will only need two.)

It's totally up to you how wide and long you want your sunbursts to be. My larger pieces were 3/4" across the bottom, 1 1/2" across the top, and about 4 1/2" tall. The smaller pieces were the same widths but only 3 1/2" tall.

Once you have the templates you like, begin tracing onto heavy card stock and cut them out! I used 20 large and 20 small pieces and chose two different card stock patterns (10 large and 10 small pieces in each pattern.)

When all of your pieces are cut out, fold them in half to give them some dimension and begin arranging them around your mirror until you are happy with the pattern.

All that's left now is to hot glue the pieces onto the back of the mirror! I layered the smaller pieces in front of the larger ones, like in the original.

I was really pleased with the way this simple project turned out. My version is a more casual and less elegant version of the original, but the sky is the limit. You can use your creativity to dress it up any way you'd like.

The mirror was awesome as it was (I had already made a before and after collage with it....)

But when it found it's final home on my bedroom wall it just didn't seem right. I lived with it for about half a day before I realized that it just wasn't big enough to fill out the space where it was hanging. So I took it down, made a couple more larger sunburst templates and just started gluing them on until it was more filled out and I was happy with the design.

The final FINAL product looks a little less like the "pinspiration" mirror, but I love it! And you can't beat a new sunburst mirror for under ten bucks. I like it so much that I'm debating picking up another mirror so I can make one in the colors for our dining room.

Another look at the original and the copy!

It was a fun project that I encourage anyone to do! I'm all about being trendy on the cheap. If you make one of your own, please let me know and send a picture!! :)


Heather said...

That's awesome!!! Good job!

Adrien said...

Thanks, friend! :)


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