$10 DIY Sunburst Mirror 68

sunburst mirror with label-001

Lately, I’ve been on a quest to furnish and decorate our house in the most inexpensive way possible.  So, when I discovered an old round mirror that my husband had from his college days in our basement, I knew it would be the perfect piece to create an inexpensive DIY sunburst mirror.

You’ve seen these mirrors, right?  They’re EVERYWHERE right now.  On all the blogs.  All over Pinterest.  What I love about these mirrors is that they may be on trend right now, but they also have a classic look that you could have on your walls for many, many years.

After a quick Google search, I found several options … all of them were WAY out of my price range.

google results sunburst mirror

Yeah…not interested in spending hundreds of dollars on a mirror at the moment.  So I decided to DIY it with that simple round mirror I found in our basement.

sunburst mirror prep

I used Ten June blog’s tutorial for the inspiration (I like how she went really big and how she varied the lengths of the sticks).  Instead of bamboo sticks I decided to try my hand at using bamboo skewers (just like these inexpensive ones).

sunburst mirror gracie

I just added painter’s tape to the back of mirror where I wanted my longest points to be on the mirror.  It was helpful to have a guide instead of just wing it.  It gave the final product a much more balanced look.

Once I had my painter’s tape guide in place, I started hot gluing bamboo skewers one or two at a time longer to shorter, shorter to longer.  You can get an idea from the picture below, when I was about 1/3 of the way through.

sunburst mirror how to

Adding the skewers didn’t take long – maybe 45 minutes.  I just did it while watching TV so it went by pretty fast.  I bought 6 packs, but only used 3, so 3 will be going back.

After I attached all the skewers, I sprayed the back of the skewers with a couple coats of gold spray paint, flipped the whole thing over (after drying, of course) and gave it about 5 thin coats of spray paint on the front.  I used the Krylon brand (which I found at Wal-Mart) for the first time and I really liked it!  You can re-coat within 30 seconds and I found it went on evenly and smoothly.

So, here’s the fabulous after!

sunburst mirror zoom


I think it turned out awesome for such a small amount of work and money!  And it’s huge!  About 40 inches wide.  Which is perfect because I’ve got a lot of huge walls to fill and I’m really not interested in spending hundreds of dollars on every wall!

Are you wondering where I hung it?

before after entryway sunburst mirror

Remember when we painted the entryway a couple of months ago?  It looks pretty fabulous on it’s own, but I wanted to fill up some of the walls.  The mirror goes perfectly on this first wall going up the stairs.


I think it looks awesome, but I’m not 100% sold on the color.  I wonder if silver or black or white might look better since those are the neutrals we have downstairs.  Not a lot of gold in this area and it kind of sticks out.  I’ll stick with gold for a little while and see how I like it though!

sunburst mirror 3

Gracie photo-bombing!  Crazy little girl.  (P.S. I’ve got a Gracie update coming soon!)

sunburst mirror 4

Cost breakdown:

  • mirror: free, already had! (but you could find one cheap at Dollar Tree or Target)
  • 3 packs of bamboo skewers: $3
  • gold spray paint: $7
  • hot glue + glue gun: already had, but they sell these for a couple bucks at Micheal’s
  • anchors for hanging: already had


What do you think?  Do you love the sunburst mirror trend?  Do you think I should go with a different color like black or white?

About Amber

Hi, I'm Amber! I live in Kansas City with my family. I am a working mom trying to do it all. I love iMessaging, teasing my husband, working out sporadically, Friends episode on Netflix, and smothering my baby boy with kisses. email me at ambergil@me.com anytime!

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