$10 DIY Sunburst Mirror

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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?


  1. Wow! It totally looks store-bought in that first pic! Love the idea, I may have to try it.

    I love the color! I don’t think I’d change a thing.

  2. Love it! I think that any other colour would look strange with the mirror’s border.

  3. It came out beautiful! I think silver would look AWESOME!!! I did a silver one and a brown one, the silver just pops!!! would look great against that color!!!!

  4. Awesome project! Saving this one for later 🙂 Jumped over from the Pinterest Challenge.
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  5. Awesome! There are lots of tutorials for these, but this is my fav. The bamboo skewers are perfect. I’m so keen to give this a try. 🙂
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  6. i really like your creation! I’m curious, how big is the mirror you used?

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  8. Love your sunburst mirror. I never made my own but have always LOVED seeing others make them. Thanks for linking up last week–I featured you today!
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  10. This is my favorite DIY suburst! I’m trying to do it now and I need to ask….how did you get the sticks to go around in the circle? I keep getting stuck and have gaps of space! Help please!! Thanks

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  16. How did you hang it?

  17. Simply amazing!!
    Many thanks for this fabulous idea

  18. I love this mirror! I think it looks fantastic but I think the title “$10 mirror” is disingenuous. I’ve noticed a trend with bloggers to throw out an inexpensive “cost” of a DIY when a majority of the supplies were free and/or already owned. If you’re not going to post a legitimate cost analysis for your reader then why bother? The sunburst tutorial on its own is beautiful, stop with the click bait!

    • Amber I love everything about your creation, and I love the title $10 mirror, I love that you gave us step by step instructions. I love that you inspired me to make one too. I love that you listed all your costs and listed the items you already had and I love that your dog photo bombed you. Happy New Year sweet Amber.

  19. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Bravo, c’est trop joli !! beau travail !

  21. That’s amazing 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

  22. Viviane says:

    Love it!!! Perfect!!

  23. Very nice and creative. I actually like this style too. I would say black (matte) would look good.

  24. Jeanie Edmonds says:

    Noticing your black wrought iron in your railing, I (my thoughts) think it might look very nice spray painted black. I love it tho, it’s very pretty.

  25. Cheap and easily! I like it, I need to make my own sunburst mirror, but i still haven’t chosen the colour. Thanks for this article!
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  26. Wao..!
    amazing will try it have the mirror .

  27. This is such a perfect time of year to do home decor crafts; it’s too cold to do anything outside and everyone is either back at work or at school. Thank you so much for your crafts. I imagine these will stir some brains to come up with more ideas.

    As always, thank you, Jillee.


  28. Judy Chase says:

    I think silver. The wall colors are a cool nuetrual so is silver… Maybe a bit of fine glitter for added glitz.

  29. Linda Walker says:

    You did a great job, really interesting. I am going to try it myself.

  30. Beautiful!!!! It looks so professional! Planning on making one myself.

  31. Sandy Conely says:

    I absolutely adore this idea – and I’m definitely going to try it for my new apartment, probably in the entryway! However, I do have a questions – probably a dumb one, LOL – but how did you cover the mirror part to get the frame painted so perfectly without getting any on the mirror?? And what did you use to cover it with? That’s for the idea & the reply, in advance 🙂

  32. Thank you!!! LOVE Your DIY!! Will definitely make this one. Super job on the trick to get a nice shaper!

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  35. I love it, i am going to try this project. Thank you for the how to , steps. I love the fresh look. Haveyou still stayed with gold , or have you changed the color? Just wondering, beautiful.

  36. Love this idea going to make one for myself

  37. carol anne says:

    You did a great job, love it, also like the gold color. Your dog is also adorable.

  38. Diana Beeler says:

    I LOVE this! I also love that it is gold and gold is definitely super popular right now so I would leave it as is. I also appreciate Gracie”s photo bombing-the more pics the better!


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