Jan 11, 2012

Dollar Store Creation - DIY Sunburst Mirror

I love my pretty new mirror!

Sunburst Mirrors was a phase I thought would pass so I didn't purchase one.  But they are still around and there are so many different styles.

Here are some pretty ones...

I especially like the last one - it is from Crate & Barrel.  The rest are from Simply Mirrors.

I started thinking...what if I could make one?  What if I could make one from stuff from the Dollar Store or from cheap stuff from Lowe's?  And so it became a challenge.

Here is the play by play on how I created this mirror with Popsicle sticks, a pizza pan, Mardi Gras beads, glue and paint.

First I wanted a base so I purchased a cheap pizza pan from Target.  I then took a hammer and nail and made two small holes  on each side of the pan.  I took picture wire and thread it through each hole and secured it by twisting it around itself.  I tested it on the wall to make sure it would hang nicely before I started on the project.

I was all set to glue the Popsicle sticks onto the pan but I realized the glue wouldn't stick.  So I cut out a piece of brown craft paper and glued that to the backside of the pan using Tacky Glue.

Then I placed my mirror from the dollar store in the center of the pan with some tape to hold it in place.  I also placed the beads as well so I could gauge where I wanted to put the Popsicle sticks.  I decided to place one stick coming out at every bead so they would be evenly spaced apart.

When all the sticks were placed down I painted them with gesso and then white craft paint.  I then layered antique gold paint on top and then a layer of acrylic varnish.

I like the way the paint beaded against the pan.  If you wanted a solid look I would paint the pan first.

It was easy to hang since I had wired it before beginning the project.

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  1. this looks awesome, Sarah! what was the total cost, i'm curious?

  2. Oh Sarah! I've seen these in the stores and always wanted one. I'm definitely going to try this. If you get a moment, would you like to link up to my "Thriving on Thursdays" Linky Party here in Australia? I feature recipes, crafts, furniture makeovers, organisating and decluttering advice, makeup tips, financial advice, etc. Anything goes.


    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  3. The cost was about $8 and here is the breakdown...$4.99 for the pizza pan (but you could get this from the dollar store), $1 for the beads, $2 for the popsicle sticks. I had the paint and glue on hand. If you didn't have those things, the price would go up a bit.


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