How to: Make Golden Super Starburst Wall Art (for under $10.00)

How to: Make Golden Super Starburst Wall Art (for under $10.00)
Can you guess from what inexpensive material this starburst was made?

Hi, I'm Holly.First, let me say that I am super excited to be here on Curbly today for my very first guest blog post ever! Fingers crossed it all goes well....

So, I am a little obsessed (ok more like, a lot) with vintage sunbursts, starbursts, whatever you like to call them, wall art. I own some brass urchins that hang on my home office wall as well as a funky vintage starburst hanging planter that hangs on my bedroom wall. Oh, and a West Elm mirrored starburst hangs above my stove.  I even collect a certain brand of vintage mid-century dinnerware in a pattern called Franciscan Starburst:

created at: 11/07/2011

created at: 11/07/2011

You might think that'd satisfy me, but that is sooo not the case... I had the brilliant (if I do say so myself) idea of doing an installation of starbursts on one very empty wall in my home. So, being an interior design intern, this working for free thing is constantly keeping me budget conscious, I have been brainstorming lots of ways of creating some starbursts that are super duper cheap and awesome....  And I love my newest clothespin (oh yeah!!) creation to begin the installation!

So, if you love it too... here's all you need:

Supplies and Tools (under $10):

  • 96 wood clothespins (I got mine at Kmart for a whopping $3.99 per pack of 96)
  • embroidery hoops (I had left overs from some wood veneer pendant lights I made a couple of months ago)
  • a can of spray paint (I used Rust-O-Leum Specialty Metallic paint in shiny gold)
  • thin wire

And here's what you do:

  1. Clip the clothespins around the wooden hoops
    created at: 11/07/2011
  2. Spray paint the hoops with clothespins attached
    created at: 11/07/2011
  3. Make it as big or small as you'd like, I originally planned on 2 hoops but got so excited I decided to use all 96 clothespins and add a 3rd! My final piece measures 20" diameter
  4. Connect the hoops with thin wire

Hang this fabulous creation on the wall (you can connect the hoops with wire like I did or you can just scatter them on the wall if you so desire)!

created at: 11/07/2011

And this could also be pretty awesome as a table centerpiece with a pillar candle set in the center (perfect for the coming holidays!) or you can set a round mirror in the center!

So, until tomorrow.....

Holly Westhoff is the founder adventures of an almost 40 year old intern where she chronicles her experience of starting over from exec to intern and also share lots of intern budget-friendly projects. (She works for free).

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Audrey on Apr 16, 2014:

Hi, what a wonderfull idea! Just wondering how you attached the rings to the wire. 

Andi on Dec 30, 2012:

Hi. How do you attach the rings with the wire?

NewtoDIY on May 11, 2012:

You are an inspiration! This is exactly the wall piece I had in mind but didnt realize I could create. Would you tell me...what did you use to hang up this gorgeous starburst?

heidi on Dec 27, 2011:

I love this - I am on the hunt for a starburst clock for my family room but I think in the meantime I will make this.  It would be great to find a small round clock to put in the middle of it!  I think I'll spray paint mine silver!  Thanks for a GREAT idea!


DesigningMom on Nov 09, 2011:

Thank you. I just posted to that thread about making them with our daughter. LOL

al40yearoldintern on Nov 09, 2011:

DesigningMom have a super time with your daughter! You should add today's diy project of urchin sculptures to your list of projects!

DesigningMom on Nov 08, 2011:

Thank you for your quick response Almost 40! Now I can head into the city and get supplies. Our daughter is coming home on December first, after a year in S.Korea so I'll have my crafting partner close by once again. Just five hours away this time. I might just wait so we can make hers together. I'm sure I won't be able to wait that long to make mine. LOL

al40yearoldintern on Nov 08, 2011:

the smallest hoop measures 5" diameter, the medium hoop is 10" and the large is 15" 

al40yearoldintern on Nov 08, 2011:

thanks mimosk! happy to be here! and designingmom - i am totally making more for my own place and for christmas gifts! so glad you love it too!

DesigningMom on Nov 08, 2011:

Oh can you tell us what size hoops you used?

DesigningMom on Nov 08, 2011:

I love this! I'm so going to make a couple of these. One (stained) for our Ladies Parlor that's decorated with an MCM feel to it and one for our daughter's new home. I'll let her pick out the finish for hers.

mimosk on Nov 07, 2011:

Hi Holly! Welcome board! I am soooooo going to make this -  maybe a little bit different though but thank you so much for inspiring me with this great project!


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