Sunburst mirrors are round or oval mirrors that have a unique sunburst frame. These are often created using scrap wood, straw or even sticks found in your backyard. Best of all, you can create this easy DIY décor on your own with a small budget to achieve big results. If you’ve got a round mirror, some nice sticks and a bit of glue, you can easily create your own one of a kind sunburst mirror in less than a weekend.
Cutting the Materials
Whether you’re using small sticks of scrap wood or you’re using straightened pieces of willow branches, they’ll all need to be about the same length. For a small two foot mirror, it would be best to keep the materials to a length of around 16-24 -inches long. These can easily be cut in a large bundle at one time using a small handsaw.
Wrap the bundle of sticks with a few pieces of painters tape. Cut one end flush with the saw and let the other ends of the sticks or wood run wild. You don’t want all of the pieces to be the same length or the sunburst mirror won’t look natural.
Sectioning Off the Mirror
To ensure that the sunburst pattern remains consistent, you’re going to want to layout the mirror with a bit of painters tape to ensure the pattern is equally divided as it works its way around the mirror. Begin by cutting the mirror in half with a piece of painters tape.
Follow that piece up with another piece of tape perpendicular to the first. These two pieces of tape will allow you to evenly divide the mirror into four equal parts. You may want to use a straightedge or tape measure to ensure that the four parts are as equal as possible.
Gluing the Materials to the Frame
Once the mirror has been equally divided, you can now start with the first four pieces of wood. Attaching the materials to the frame is easy with a hot glue gun but you can also use other adhesives. However, hot glue dries quickly and makes it one of the best adhesives for this sort of project.
After you glue the four sticks to each of the four corners of the mirror, you can begin to attach the remaining pieces between each quarter panel one at a time, in nice, even rows. For larger mirrors you may want to attach eight starter pieces to ensure that your sunburst pattern will remain consistent as you work your way around the mirror. You may also need to add more glue to each of the pieces as you glue pieces around the mirror to ensure they are attached solidly and permanently.
If you’re going to paint the materials, it’s best to choose a light color to help accent the mirrors sunburst design. Simply tape off the mirror (and any other parts of the frame you don’t want to get paint on) and primer the back of the materials with spray paint first. Allow the materials to dry for at least four hours before flipping the sunburst mirror over and painting the front. Remove the painters tape and let the whole project dry overnight before hanging in your home.