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

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

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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Pkae on Jan 03, 2013:

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 !!

Tali Design on Dec 27, 2012:

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



Karen C. on Aug 29, 2012:

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!

Komal on Mar 05, 2012:

Havent made this yet, but I still love it!

Stephanie Hotchkiss on Mar 04, 2012:

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


CapreeK on Jul 13, 2011:

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

Kathryn on Jul 12, 2011:

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.

Patti on Feb 21, 2011:

Love it, love it!

Thanks for this!

CapreeK on Feb 16, 2011:

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

Gerardo on Feb 16, 2011:

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!

CapreeK on Feb 16, 2011:

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!

dallas wedding photographer, Powell Pictures on Feb 16, 2011:

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!

Gerardo on Feb 15, 2011:

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!!

Janell on Feb 15, 2011:

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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