Oh this project. I’ve had all the materials to create a “sunburst mirror” for over a year now, but I’ve never mustered up the energy/brain power/desire to actually roll up my sleeves and create. So, a box of stuff has been gathering dust in our workroom for months and months. Until last week! When I finally decided to spread out a drop cloth (I’m always spreading out drop cloths, it seems) and make this darn thing! I must admit, I had good reason to wait so long…the end result was good (thank goodness!), but holy moly, was this a brain melt!!! For me, at least.
If you decide to attempt this project–and I do recommend it because the outcome is good!–my advice to you is this: just go with it. If things aren’t lining up perfectly, just do your best and trust that if you like the overall “look” of your sunburst shape, it will translate well to the wall upon which it’s hung!
Ok, so. You’ve probably seen mirrors like these over the past year or so…meaning I’m over a year late on the trend! They are usually pretty expensive, but they are very cool (I think) and create a lot of impact hung on a wall.
I’ve read lots of how-to’s to make a DIY sunburst mirror (for around $20), and below are my adapted instructions.
What you’ll need:
Two wooden floral rings (mine were 18 and 12 inches), 2 packs of cedar shims (courtesy of your fave home improvement store), a mirror (mine was 10″ from Michaels), a hot glue gun, PLENTY of hot glue sticks, and some wood glue.
I began by laying out my shims. I decided to create four different “lengths” of shims by staggering them along the two rings. Seems simple enough, but brace yourself for the mind melt to occur in a few moments.
The first length “layer” of shims I lined up along the inner edge of the larger ring.
The second “layer” of shims I placed along the outer edge of the smaller ring.
Now here’s where it gets tricky. The third and fourth “layers” I tried to stagger along the smaller ring. Everything looked okay when I laid it out, but then I started to glue all the shims down (using my glue gun), and I just got so confused! I have no other explanation for it. I thought it would be more formulaic (rectangular shims laid out along circular rings), but things didn’t all line up, causing me to have to overlap, eyeball, move, eyeball, move some more, until finally I screamed “I’m going insane!” and just went with it. Maybe your eyes will not bug out like mine seemed to do. Oh well, it turned out okay in the end, as you will see.
When I used up almost every glue stick I had affixing the shims to the rings, I was ready to attach the mirror to the center. The hot glue gun worked well on the shims, I just ran into snags having to pull the shims off again and again, trying to re-align them to look right. See “eyes bugging out” as previously stated.
(Sorry for the blurry pic.) Remove plastic from the mirror (obvi), and glue down using wood glue–hot glue will dry too soon!
Allow ample time to dry (I used big books and free weights to weigh it down in place overnight). Then it’s ready to hang! You may decide to use a picture hanging kit, but Jason was able to hang it simply on a nail drilled into the wall.
We decided on a wall in our living room, that has been empty since taking plates down that had hung in our “old” living room.
Here it is!
I’ll admit, I did need reassurance from my husband and various friends I dragged in to show, but I am finally convinced that it doesn’t look totally wonky. I’m actually very happy with it. And hey, $20 for some wall art? Can’t beat that with a stick. Or shim.