Oh boy, this miiggghhht be my favorite DIY project to date! I had so much fun making this and it sure helped with all of the Seattle sun giving me inspiration to make this sunburst mirror! Do you all ever see a mirror at any retail shops that you fall in LOVE with but can’t imagine paying an arm & a leg for it? I mean…seriously, some of these mirrors that I see are pushing $100!!! And guess how much this fun little project cost me? $15!!! Only 15 bucks, plus I have left over materials for another project in the future. Wanna learn how to make this? Well, let’s get to it!!
Items needed for this project:
– Circular Mirror
– Wooden Sticks (both large & small)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Latex Paint (color of your choice)
– Paint Brush
– Dark Stain Minwax Finishing Wax and Old Rag
Most of these Materials can be found at Hobby Lobby. You probably could have guessed that by now though, huh?! 🙂
First, start by getting a count of sticks that you need. An easy way to do this (instead of guessing and painting more/less than you need) is to lay out the sticks on the mirror to get an accurate guess of pieces that you need to paint. Get that paint and brush ready!
Get ready to get some paint on your fingers! If you are using latex based paint, you probably only need one layer of paint. And on this gorgeous day, by the time I was done with my last stick, practically all of the painted sticks were dry! But definitely make sure that all are dry before you move on to the next step.
Now that your sticks are dry, it’s time to start applying them to the back of the mirror. Turn your mirror over and plug in your glue gun. Once, it’s nice and hot, start by gluing the sticks as you would a compass; one on the north end of the mirror, one directly south of that, one on the east side and one on the west. Next, glue one in between each of the four sticks. You should now have 8 sticks glued down that are evenly spaced around the circular mirror. Lastly, glue 2 sticks in the openings and continue all the way around the mirror until you are finished.
When you flip over your mirror, it should look something resembling this above. Starting to look quite nice, huh?!
Next step is to add the longer sticks behind the previously glued shorted ones. This step is quite easy to describe…all you have to do is glue in the spacing between the front sticks. See the above photo for a better depiction of the explanation. Do this until you have a double layer of sticks all the way around your mirror. One step closer to being done!
Your mirror is sure coming along! Look at how great it looks already! Now it is time to add the fun details 🙂
Grab that hot glue gun once more and start gluing the nailhead on to the perimeter of your mirror. Continue all the way around until you connect with the other end.
Man oh man, I am a sucker for nailhead! I just love the way it changes the personality of the piece and the texture it gives!
Very last step, although not a necessary step (but I LOVE the look it gives), is adding a layer of dark brown Minwax Finishing Wax to your painted sunburst. Take an old rag (one you don’t quite care about) and apply a small amount of the wax evenly on the rag. Spread it across each of your painted sticks. When you are doing this, do it organic and randomly. Make some lighter, some darker. It gives interest and depth to your custom created piece. Stand back and look at your master piece!!!
Isn’t it beautiful! Oh, and I just so pleased with how it turned out! And I hope you are too! I’ll leave you with just a few photos of different angles on the mirror. Thanks for crafting along with me and I will be sure to to have a fun new project in store for you all soon!