One of the many reasons I love Pinterest is finding new DIY projects to tackle. Like this one from Centsational Girl.
Yes, I’m one of the many bloggers DIYing sunburst mirrors. I’m sorry but these are just too much fun to make and not to mention uber cheap.
My husband being a painter I thought it would be most fitting to use paint sticks. Plus I had the added bonus of getting the paint sticks for free. Oh the perks!
What I used:
16 – 5 gallon paint sticks
16 – 1 gallon paint sticks
7″ craft mirror
7″ wood embroidery hoop
11″ square piece of wood
Hot glue gun
Metallic Craft paint
I pretty much followed Centsational Girl’s directions, except doing it a little out of order cause that’s how I roll!
First I did a mock up, just laid it all out!
This is before I trimmed them all, but at least it gave me an idea on how many to paint.
Then I painted all my sticks and embroidery hoop (2 coats), I chose two gold metallic colors.
I spent a couple hours painting on Sunday and I have to say it was pretty relaxing.
The next day, the husband cut the sticks using a chop saw, unfortunately this part was a little out of my league.
I chose to vary the lengths at 9″ and 12″. We also ended up trimming the sides of the square too, because it seemed to show through when I did my mock up.
Now that everything was painted and cut it was time to start the fun part.
I haven’t used a glue gun since I was probably 10 and wow am I hooked again. Glue guns are bad ass.
So with my trusty glue gun I glued the 7″ mirror to the square wood piece and then glued my embroidery hoop over the mirror.
Once that was set I just started gluing the paint sticks around the mirror. I have to admit there was a little cursing and grunts trying to get the sticks evenly spaced but after some help from the husband I was able to get into the groove of things.
So for less than $20.00 I got this gorgeous sunburst mirror. Can’t beat that!
For my first sunburst mirror I thought it came out pretty good. I’m loving the metallic paint against the wood grain.
So what do you think?
Have you made a sunburst mirror before or do you plan to?