A Sunburst Mirror DIY

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If you’re as obsessed with MCM decor as I am, then I know you’ve seen a Sunburst Mirror. They are a thing of beauty and elegance, and add brilliant sparkle and design flare to any room. They are available in many shapes, sizes, varieties, and colors to match any homes’ decor style and (imo) every home needs one. So obviously I must have one, right?! Unfortunately for me and my wallet, I have been unlucky in my search to find the perfect one for my living room that doesn’t come with at least a 3 digit price tag. So what does This Girl do? Duh.

Off to my local craft store for some materials! I picked up three 15ct. packages of 3/16″ dowels ($3 each), a can of chrome-finish gold spray paint ($5- with a coupon), a bag of 25 small circular mirrors ($3), and a 6″ round beveled edge mirror ($4).

The humble beginnings.

The humble beginnings.

I spray painted all the dowels gold, and cut out two pieces of cardboard the exact size and shape of the center mirror and spray painted those gold as well.

All gold everything!

All gold everything!

Then I cut down my dowels to three different lengths to give my sunburst a more natural look. I used a ruler to measure down 1.25″, 2.25″, and 3.25″. Some of them I didn’t cut at all, and kept them at their original length. Then, using wood glue (that I already purchased from a previous project), I adhered the dowels to one of the cardboard circles, about a half inch in, and evenly spaced all around the edge. Once the wood glue dried enough to move the piece around without disturbing the dowels, I glued the other piece of cardboard on top of the dowels, to make a little dowel/cardboard sandwich.

I used A LOT of glue here, and left it to dry overnight.

I used A LOT of glue here, and left it to dry overnight.

I also set two full paint cans on top of the glued area, to act as a clamp for the glue to set properly.

I also set two full paint cans on top of the glued area, to act as a clamp for the glue to set properly.

Once that was completely dry, I used Gorilla Glue to adhere the center mirror on top of the cardboard and again set a paint can on top of the mirror to weigh down the glue as it set. A few hours later, I laid out the little mirrors around the dowels where I wanted them, and used the Gorilla Glue to set those in place. This was a little time consuming because I had to hold the glued mirrors onto the dowels individually for a few minutes while they set enough to not move around.

And there she is, folks!

And there she is, folks!

I couldn’t be more pleased with the final result. It was SO easy to do! I will definitely make another, larger one for our bedroom. And I may even do a bolder color, like blue or green, instead of the basic metallic gold.

She sure does brighten up the room!

She sure does brighten up the room!

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