We are now a card carrying member of the sunburst mirror club.
I need to interrupt though, because if you’re anything like me, having read the title of this post, you now have the first chords of Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock banging around your groggy head. You’re welcome.
Sorry, I’m back. Now that I’ve told you about the club, you’ll realize there are members everywhere.
Of course when I saw a string of these I could DIY on the cheap, I added it to my project list. There were lots of varieties. Some with paint stirrers:
some with dowel rods:
some with cardboard:
All lovely. BUT… the ones I liked the most used shims. They felt a little more consistent with the real deal, I liked the scale, and… still simple to construct. I checked out this and this post to make sure I was on the right track.
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- 20 packs of shims (give or take)
- wood glue
- round mirror (mine was $5.99 from HomeGoods)
- spray paint (I used metallic gold)
- small piece of plywood for hanging
- D rings for hanging
How to Make a Sunburst Mirror:
The first thing I did was lay out my shims to see if they came together as easily as these blogs made it sound. They do, they really really do.
I played around with ‘ray’ patterns: more uniform vs. more varied… I liked the varied.
For assembly, I followed the lead of these other bloggers, and made each ‘ray’ individually first. My system was very detailed and sophisticated (not)… I wanted each shim to be about an inch below the next so I figured out one, traced it, and then used this outline as my guide for all the others.
At first, I made my rays and used clamps to hold them together; but my wood glue was pretty tacky so by the end I just glued and waited for them to dry.
Piecing them together was simple, but getting the ‘perfect’ circle was trickier. I used a piece of newspaper to help guide my rays and tried to manipulate them all as best I could before the glue dried. I had to get creative where the circle came together and ended up inverting a couple of shims so the wider side was actually towards the middle of the circle.
I let the shims dry for a day, then glued my round mirror right on top being careful to measure that it was centered (that’s what those yellow hash marks are for…).
After a day for the glue to dry, I spray painted it metallic gold. (Any color would have looked fine, in my opinion, but many of these sunburst mirrors are a metallic of sorts.) I simply taped some newspaper over the mirror (trimming the rough edge with an exacto knife) and sprayed the whole thing.
For hanging, I used my jigsaw (Mark has since deemed it the best tool in our tool collection) to cut a circle out of some scrap plywood. With super strong industrial gorilla glue, I stuck this on the back of the mirror.
Two D-rings and some picture wire later…
I hung this in the library for now; it’s adjacent to the living room where there are lots of other gold accents. It’s heavy- maybe 10 lbs- but so far it feels sturdy enough. I can’t wait to see how it looks during the day with the sun pouring in! (Sun bursting onto my sunburst mirror if you will…)
I’ve attempted other wall hanging sort of decor HERE.
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