Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial I tend to forget about them, but mirrors really are wonderful additions to the category of “wall decor.” They make spaces look bigger, they reflect light, and they allow you plenty of opportunity to find out that you do in fact have something in your teeth that no one told you about (gee, thanks guys). Elsie wanted to try a mirror DIY for her new office that involved these small wooden matchsticks, and it only took a few seconds of trying different arrangements around the edge before I got excited about the end result. 

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial Supplies:
-spray paint
-mirror (we bought this 24″ x 24″ safety mirror)
-small match craft sticks that are thinner at one end (check your local craft store)
-popsicle sticks
-super glue
-painter’s tape

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial) The first thing I did was make an “X” over the mirror with tape so I could divide the mirror into four equal areas. The goal is to continually adjust your craft stick placement so that by the time you get to the next tape mark, your craft sticks are still pointing directly straight into the center. Because the sticks are thinner at one end than the other, it’s really easy to get your design too slanted in one direction without realizing it. If this is the case, they won’t meet correctly by the time you make it all the way around. So the tape helps you to adjust the sticks as needed in smaller increments. 

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial) OK, so once I had my mirror divided into four parts, it was just a matter of placing the craft sticks (thinner side towards the middle) in a semi-random pattern around the mirror. I just eyeballed the design as I went and pushed some in closer and pulled some out further to make a scalloped pattern around the edge. You can certainly count out how many sticks are in each scallop set to create a pattern, but I liked the look of the pattern being a little imperfect, and it goes a lot faster if you aren’t counting every stick exactly.

Once I would get 10-15 sticks lined up, I would place a thin piece of painter’s tape over the top of them to keep them together. You’ll want to keep your tape towards the inside edge of the sticks because you’ll be gluing your supportive popsicle sticks to the middle area (I had to move my tape inwards once I realized that). From that point, you just keep adding more sticks, making sure they point straight inward every so often, and tape them together until you’ve gone all the way around.

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial) For your next step, place some wax paper on top of a large piece of cardboard or foam board and carefully slide your taped frame off of the mirror and onto the wax paper. Place wood glue on the back of the popsicle sticks and place the sticks across the middle of the smaller matchsticks to keep them together. Overlap the ends of each popsicle stick so you don’t miss any of the smaller sticks below. You may have noticed in the above picture that I did not remove the mirror before gluing the popsicle sticks on top…

When I tried to remove the frame later to paint it, some glue had seeped down to the mirror, and I had trouble separating it in one piece. Trust me. Transfer it to the wax paper first! 

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial) Feel free to attach any extra popsicle sticks you need to feel that the frame is secured together. 

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial) Once the glue is dry, place another board with wax paper on top so your frame is sandwiched between them and flip the boards over so the frame is now facing up (you might want to get help flipping the boards). Once your frame is facing up, you can use as many coats of spray paint as needed with adequate dry time between coats. 

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial) Once your paint is dry, use your extra board to flip the frame back over and super glue or epoxy your mirror onto the frame. The mirror you use may already have hangers on the back, but ours didn’t. So we used velcro Command strips to attach it to the wall (if you use a safety mirror, they are pretty lightweight).

Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial Delicate Sunburst Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)I like how the delicate pattern of the mirror contrasts with the chunky patterned wall, and because the frame looks like it was such a difficult thing to make, this is a project that doesn’t look like a DIY. Although it’s nice to have the lightweight and cost-effective features of the safety glass, there are a few angles where the reflection is a little distorted. So if that would bother you, I would just go with a real mirror. There are lots of spaces that you could put this mirror besides an office too. I think it would be darling in an entryway above a side table. Looks like I might be making another one! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes & Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection.

  • The mirror is lovely but I really need to know about the adorable footed face planters on the bar cart! Have you mentioned them before? Bought or DIY?
    Thanks!!

  • How pretty! I would never have thought to use Popsicle sticks to make a mirror frame, but it turned out SO good!
    xo
    Kristina
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  • Fun! This might be a cool addition to our home office that we are building… We are painting the room a slate gray-ish color with white wainscoting along the bottom and white furniture so this might be nice to hang! The white would contrast nicely.. or I could paint it a fun color for a little pop 🙂

  • Love this DIY. I have made the same with clothepins but that was smaller than this 🙂

  • This seems like a tonne of work but definitely worth it the end – the best projects always are!

  • This is so creative! I’m going to make it my winter project when I have time after this semester ends (:

  • Incredibly cool! I’ve been shopping around for a vanity mirror with a floating drawer. I love this idea for the mirror! Thanks! 🙂

    Gypsy Plunder Vintage

  • I’ve wanted to get a mirror like that for a very long time and never thought of doing it myself and even less with popsicle sticks! Great idea!!!

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  • Such a cute and quirky mirror! Looks like it would be fiddly though haha

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  • I like the delicate sunburst idea much more than the statement ones – It looks nice against the wall, too!

    M.

  • oh my goodness! I love this! I’ve been hunting for the perfect round mirror in my price range and it’s been tough. This may the solution! Thanks!

    Theresa
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  • Cool DIY! I wanted to suggest that it seems like it could be easier to put wax paper over the mirror so you could just glue it up directly without the sticking problem.

  • i loooooooveeee itttt!!!! since i saw it yesterday i was waiting for the tutorial hehehe

    thank you!!!!

  • You must have a lot of patience, must have taken forever! Turned out great <3

  • This looks like something that would be at Ikea but so much easy to make at home!

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  • The idea of using popsicles to stick them together is great…love this DIY..

    xo

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  • SO lovely! What a great idea!! Love the texture of this piece!

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  • How beautiful is this! It looks more like something you’d find in Anthropologie than a DIY project. The best thing about mirrors is they also make rooms look bigger.

    Cat
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  • I LOVE this DIY.
    It is soooo easy and wonderful.
    Thank your for share it.

    Greetings & Love
    Ines
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  • Just found your blog! so many CUTE DIY’s I love it!! I will definitely be makin some soon!

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  • That is so cute…and actually seems like something I could do!

    Maggie
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  • Wow. Looks tedious, but worth it! Great Job

    xo,
    Melanie – Pickles & Palmtrees
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  • Wow, kudos to you, Laura, for your incredible patience! May I ask how long it took you to make this? It looks wonderful- I wish I was a more patient and more detail-oriented person. LOL

  • This is adorable!! It would look super cute above an entry table I think. I kinda want to make one and spray paint it bright yellow to add some sunshiny cheer!

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