August 5, 2011

How To: Make a Starburst Mirror for $15

Posted by Laura

Last week, I posted about my living room makeover. One of my DIY projects was the starburst mirror. Here's a refresher picture:

- About 10 thin bamboo sticks (or anything comparable, it depends on the look you're going for)
- 1 round mirror (AC Moore, wood section)
- 2 round wooden plates, about 1 inch larger than round mirror (also at AC Moore, wood section)
- 2 cans of different colored spray paint (I chose gray and white)
- Hot glue gun (I accidentally added Elmer's glue to this picture, just ignore that and sub in a hot glue gun)
- Hand saw
- Beads, enough to go around mirror and wood plate (AC Moore, jewelry section)
- 1 Sawtooth hanger

Total Cost = $15 (depending on what supplies you already have)

This picture is missing 1 more round plate and hot glue

Step 1: Cut bamboo sticks to an equal distance. I cut mine in fourths and therefore ended up with 40 sticks (note: it was difficult to saw bamboo since it is thin in spots so be sure to execute this step carefully)

Step 2: Spray paint the sticks with the primary color you choose, let dry. If you want to leave the starburst more natural, skip this step and leave them with the God-given color they already have

Step 3: Spray paint the larger round wood plate with the alternate color, let dry

Step 4: Attach the sticks to the backside of the larger wood plate. TIP: draw lines as a guide ahead of time to make sure everything is spaced out evenly.

Step 5: Attach sawtooth hanger to second wood plate and hot glue to the backside

I initially bought 2 different size wooden plates.
If I were to do this again, I would have bought
the same size ones, but of course I realized
this halfway through the project and there was
noooo way I was about to go back to the store

Step 6: Glue mirror to the front and attached bead details. I did two layers of beads, one around the mirror and one around the larger wood plate.

And that's all she wrote. Here's another picture of the after, just for fun

The Lettered Cottage

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