Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Sunburst Mirror Project

When asked to put together a list of projects I would consider doing for HGTV.com, I recalled this sketch of a sunburst mirror. It was something I had thought about making awhile ago and so added the idea to the list. It could be fun...and I would finally have a reason to purchase a glue gun!


To get this project started I purchased a bundle of branches from Ikea. After looking at several options I chose these because they were fairly straight, which would be key to the success of the project. Then midway through making the mirror the branches started looking a bit like bamboo, and after a quick search I found these thin bamboo sticks at Nettleton Hollow. Shoot! Next time I would definitely consider using them...just an FYI, should you decide to try this yourself.


Other items needed? A mirror with a flat frame to attach the branches onto, this one was found at Target. A glue gun, painter's tape and a small saw. I picked up a hacksaw at Home Depot, as I have no power tools, but a circular saw would have probably made cutting the branches a two minute job. After gathering all the supplies, the branches were cut down to varying lengths of 15 to 20 inches long.


Next "guidelines" were taped onto the mirror. These lines, along with a yardstick, helped the first branches get glued onto the frame pointing in the right direction.



This approach proved to be a success in getting the branches positioned nicely around the mirror in a radiating circle.


Afterwards the areas between these branches were filled in. I was careful to vary the length from branch to branch. Also, because each one did twist and turn in a slightly different direction, with some branches reaching forwards and some reaching backwards, I was careful to vary this aspect as well. The effort did pay off, there is a nice three dimensional effect to the finished product.


I did not skimp on the glue, wanting to make sure the branches were securely attached to the frame. I burnt the tip of my finger once, that was enough to learn my lesson!


At this point I started to have some faith in the project, as it was beginning to show some promise.


Once all the branches were glued around the frame, they were lightly sanded to remove any extra glue that had dried on the top surface of the branches.



Next the mirror surface was covered with paper to protect it while the frame got painted...


...and then the whole thing was moved out to the garage. I devised a stand to place the mirror on while getting painted, three paint cans stacked one on top of the other. It worked great! (The mirror would have been really hard to paint if laying on the ground.)


First primer was applied to the back side.


After drying, the mirror was turned over and primer was applied to the front.


These steps were repeated for paint and finally a gloss finish. I let the paint dry for a day and then the paper was removed. Why do I love this part of a project soooooo much? It's like unwrapping a present!


The finished mirror has been hung in my entry and...while quirky and probably not for everyone...the result is putting a smile on my face! If I get the console staged and the lighting cooperates, look for final photos tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a tiny preview.

63 comments :

  1. Ha! I was just telling a friend yesterday how we never had a glue gun in the house growing up. You may have inspired me to run to the craft store today! Can't wait to see the after pictures! {love the bird placement in the sneak peek}

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  2. Hmm...you put the sticks in front of the mirror, I was going to put mine on the back, but I'm worried about how to hang it. I can't wait to see the finished product, maybe I'll put my bbq skewers in front instead.

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  3. Fun project....looking forward to the big reveal tomorrow!

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  4. I love an element of whimsy in a room. By the looks of the sneak peek, I'm going to love this!

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  5. Looking forward to the big reveal - I really like your closing picture with the bird - This looks to be a fun project - you may be the catalyst for many people buying glue guns :-)

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  6. I love this project. It would be perfect left natural in a more rustic home or could be painted a bright color for a child's room. Your creativity knows no bounds!

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  7. Love this project! I am searching for a sunburst mirror for my bedroom, I might just have to make one myself!

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  8. It is like Christmas! I can't wait to see the finished project. This will definitely be on my do to list.

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  9. I'm so excited about this reveal! I know its going to look great in the space!!! Can I copy?!?!

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  10. I'm saving this tutorial. When I finish my other projects I'm going to try this. I can't wait to see the full reveal.

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  11. I can't wait to see the full reveal. I swear, you can make anything beautiful! You're like the MacGyver of decorating. (I mean that as the highest compliment.)

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  12. Okay, I'm trying this one! I want a sunburst above the little chest at the top of our steps. I would be so impressed w/ myself if it turns out right :)

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  13. I just showed this to my husband and told him I want to make one also. He said, "OMG...when do I get my garage back?" I guess I've kinda taken it over with my projects.
    I told him he could have it back when the weather gets cold.

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  14. WOW ! What a wonderful idea. This will be added to my "To do list "

    Cant wait for the reveal !!!

    Can you use a Oval shape mirror for the same effect? I have one laying around. :)

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  15. Oh you're so clever. Using that measuring tool thingy. I would have SO just started glueing them things on! Thanks for the tip.

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  16. Janell, this is so creative. I can't wait to see the finished project. The sneak peak looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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  17. Can't wait to see, who doesn't love a sunburst? Always classic.

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  18. You are such a tease! I was scrolling like mad to see the end result....there wasn't one :o( It think it is going to turn out really cool. I can't wait to see it!

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  19. So pretty! Can't wait to see the end product. Yours is so much cleaner looking than mine : /
    I got a little crazy with the hot glue.

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  20. wow - great project! and I love how you're always such a tease with your reveals! :)

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  21. wow - great project! and I love how you're always such a tease with your reveals! :)

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  22. I'm loving it! I really like the idea of using the branches, so cool! I ended up using wooden dowels on mine and it worked pretty well.

    Can't wait to see the reveal!

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  23. I wanna see!! It looks great so far. I don't know why you were doubting this project, your so talented.

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  24. Ooh I can already tell its going to be so pretty! Great way to make an entrance into your home!

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  25. Fun!! I love the idea about Ikea sticks, since they are fairly uniform... otherwise you could be out in the yard for hours, searching :) Can't wait to see the final pictures!

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  26. What a great project! I have been thinking of a sunburst mirror in my living room, so I might have to tackle this one! Can't wait to see the full picture of it.

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  27. Even with just the sneak peek and the instructional photos, I'm loving this project. I love sunburst mirrors but they are all so dang expensive. This might be something I try out! Love it!

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  28. Such a great project - I can't wait for the reveal!!

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  29. Yes, the cost! I was inspired by the huge sunburst mirror that was showcased in HGTV's green house a season ago (I think) in the entry. I inquired about the mirror from the vendor as a client fell in love with it. If I recall correctly, it was well over $2000. Now I'm not claiming mine looks anything like that fabulous one, but for a cost of approximately $24, I'm thrilled! Janell

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  30. Like that idea! I have seen it done elsewhere but your tips are most helpful. Has me thinking...I should make one for above my bed!

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  31. This looks terrific, Janell. I even like the effect without the paint. Can't wait to see the final photos. Btw, that was brilliant to give yourself those tape guidelines! You rocked this!

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  32. It looks great so far! You are so handy...it amazes me!!

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  33. I was really liking it natural, unpainted. I was like, no don't paint it. Can't wait to see the reveal. On your dark taupe walls it must look great.

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  34. this project is so inspired! i love that you took items that are readily available and made them into something unique.

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  35. Yes, I think not painting it could work as well, making sure to select branches and a frame color that work well together. For my space I wanted ivory, to work with the wall I just stenciled...I also thought a steel gray would look great and the "new" kelly green would really work in some interiors. SO MANY OPTIONS! Janell

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  36. Wow! Very nice. And so graphic against the wall. I must say, it might be one of my favorite starburst mirrors! --Gretchen O.

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  37. I want one in gold! tee hee.
    What a pretty mirror!
    pve

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  38. I love the idea of using twigs for this project, Icant wait to see what it looks like all hung up!

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  39. I don't have power tools, either! (No garage or yard to use them in. YET.) I also lack the glue gun, but after this, I might need to go get one.

    Can't wait to see the big reveal!

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  40. Oh so inspiring. Look forward to seeing the the whole reveal. Love the white, but so many possibilities abound. Definitely want to put this on my to do list along with the bathroom mirror frame project.

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  41. Ah ha! I have this little round mirror that I've been trying to decided what to do with..and I've been wanting a sunburst mirror. I'm not sure why I didn't come up with it on my own. That's what blogland is all about I guess. Thanks for the inspiration sweetie!!

    Oh, and I'm excited to see Isabella's lampshade!!!!!!

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  43. Wow, you are toying with us. I can't wait to see the mirror - I know I will love it!

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  44. I can NOT believe you did not already have a glue gun, Miss DIY queen...!

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  45. I have wanted to get a sunburst mirror forever, but never want to break down and buy one. Plus they are generally too modern for my house, but this one is perfect. I am totally going to copy this, but will probably try a slightly bigger mirror.

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  46. This is stunning! What an inspiring way to make a sunburst!!!

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  47. this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it!

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  48. love this! i wouldn't have thought to glue the branches onto the front. nice to know it works--and the end result is awesome!

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  49. Wow! Amazing! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  50. This is gorgeous. I featured this on my blog.
    http://doehlerdays.blogspot.com/2010/09/sunburst-mirror.html

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  51. Uffffffff!!!!!!So many comments... You have a great blog, just love it!
    I made a mirrow like you but, not so perfect...

    Congratulations!!

    XXX

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  52. It looks great Janell! I have been lovin' the starburst mirrors. So cool to see a diy.
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  53. This mirror is fab (as are all of your projects!). I'm going to include it in my post and link back so I hope that's okay. Let me know if it's not.

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  54. Hi Janell! I just wanted to let you know I linked to your tutorial today. I was inspired by your sunburst mirror and the one over at Dwellings by Devore and finally made my very own.

    http://welcometoheardmont.com/2010/10/creating-a-sunburst-mirror/

    Thanks for the daily inspiration - I love your blog!

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  55. Hi Janell! Just wanted to let you know that I am posting a link to your blog from my blog post tomorrow as I am thinking about giving your DIY sunburst a shot! It is really beautiful! Great job!

    Emily Hewett
    A Well Dressed Home
    awelldressedhome.com/blog

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  56. Hello Janell. Thanks for your comment about my mirror, but I have to say yours is amazing. Also the other tutorials. I'm definitely going to give a try to the stenciled tray. Gorgeous!

    Added to my "must read" blogs.
    See you!

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  57. I just made a sunburst mirror for myself, thanks to your fabulous tutorial. Thank you so much!! :)

    http://shannonsews.blogspot.com/2011/09/sunburst-mirror-diy.html

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  58. omg I love this!!!!! I am going to try!

    The little tiara

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  59. keep seeing this awesome DIY project on pinterest!! i can not wait to make one for our new home!! thanks for sharing!! :)

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  60. How big is the mirror you used?

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