How To: Make Your Own Sunburst Mirror For Under $25

By: Capreek Feb 15, 2011

created at: 02/14/2011

Sunburst mirrors have seemingly been around and in-style since the beginning of time and odds are that that fact isn't changing any time soon.  The iconic decorative accent is available in a wide range of styles and an even wider range of price points.  If you're looking to add this stylish piece to your decor, we've got two DIY versions that'll set you back less than dinner and a movie.  

created at: 02/14/2011

First up is a sunburst mirror created by Isabella & Max.  The main ingredient?  Twigs from IKEA!  After cutting down the branches and creating a clean edge, they're attached to a flat, round mirror (purchaseable on the cheap from places like Target), then spray painted white.  Painting them silver or gold would be a great way to introduce metallics into your home, another huge trend right now.  For more step-by-step instructions, check out Isabella & Max.

created at: 02/14/2011

Quick!  Can you guess what the rays on this sunburst mirror are made of?  BZZT - time's up!  This clean and simple version is made of sturdy poster board.  After creating a free-hand template from paper towels, the Nester (as she's called) cut out enough rays to create a perfectly layered look.  Check out the full tutorial right now on Nesting Place.

Have you seen any other creative takes or DIY adaptations on the sunburst mirror?  Share in the comments!

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I've seen them with straws and another with Lincoln logs as well as bamboo skewers (maybe the bbq skewers mentioned above?) Love the look !!

This is so lovely!

You can use different spray paint to have it fit any color scheme. 

Any teenage girl can make it her own :-)

Tali Design


I recently saw one made with "shims" from a Home Center. (wedges used to install cabinets, doors, etc.) The artist painted them various shades of orange and yellow.  Pretty!

Havent made this yet, but I still love it!


Very pretty! I've seen ones made with wooden dowels as well if you can't find branches!


Kathryn - It looks great!  Very nicely done! :)

So cool! I made my own sunburst mirror out of bbq skewers!  It was very easy and fun.  I love how versatile these mirrors can be.  Here is the link to my tutorial.

Love it, love it!

Thanks for this!

Gerardo - I thought so!  I really love the clean, modern look.  Great job!

Capreek, you are right. I live in the center of the city and it's hard to find sticks or tree branches. The BBQ skewers worked perfectly. Thank you!

Gerardo - It looks great!!  Are those BBQ skewers that you used?

Dallas - Good luck!  Post pics when you finish. :)

Janell - Thank you for making such an awesome mirror!  It's brilliant!

Oh this is so lovely! I've been looking for a mirror to brighten up a dark room. Now I can make one just to my liking! Thank you!

Hi. Love the Sunburst mirrors, even more if they are for DIYers. I made my own version few days ago. This is the link. It's in spanish, but I think the photos are enough. Thanks for your posts!!

Thanks for the shout out! I loved working on this mirror and have had so much fun seeing a few variations other bloggers and readers have sent to me! I adore the Nester's version!! Gorgeous! Janell

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