Starburst Mirror DIY

IMG_1650aStarburst mirrors are so chic in metallics and I’m really loving gold accents lately. I wanted to create something for our bedroom that replaced an old art piece that wasn’t really working and that also added more light to a dark corner in that space.

IMG_1648aI kind of held my breath while I was working on this, because I honestly wasn’t sure if it was going to look really handmade or not. I was thrilled with the end result once I had it hung. It’s just become of of my favorite finished projects!


-1 pack of contractor shims,
-12″ diameter circular cut of wood
-14″ circular mirror
-gorilla glue, hot glue gun and glue (not shown)
-two clamps or heavy books
-hook for back of mirror
-primer and spray paint in your choice (I used a standard primer, and I recommend Valspar’s Metallic paint for a great top coat)
-painter’s tape and paper to cover the mirror when you spray
-cardboard to keep your workspace safe
-hammer for attaching hook to wood

First, hammer your hook to the back of your wood about 1″ below the edge. Then generously spread gorilla glue around the opposite side of your wood and center it on the back of your mirror. You should have about 1″ overhang from your mirror.  Split your shims. I just stepped down on the small part so that the outer edge of my foot was centered on the shim and pulled up. The shims usually split in the same natural spot giving me one shorter and one longer piece. Some pieces were a clean snap, and others were a bit splintered. Trim the splinters down with scissors or by scraping them on the ground. Sort into two piles—one short and one long. If you get medium sized pieces, make a pile for them. This will help when you’re gluing them on.

Start gluing the shims down to the back of the mirror with the splintered pieces facing in, so they won’t show. I suggest gluing down your shorter pieces first almost spaced evenly around the mirror and then adding longer sizes on top of them. This will look best when you have it hanging. Fill in the gaps so that there are 2-3 pieces layered as shown above. Your back side will look like this when you’re finished. Kind of messy but it won’t be seen. Make sure your shims don’t reach higher than 3 layers or they’ll cause the mirror to be lopsided when it hangs, as it won’t sit flush with the wood backing. You can extend shorter pieces out so long as there isn’t a hole where the splintered end will show through from the front.

If you’d like more of a beach vibe, paint about 1/4 or 1/3 of the shims white or some other color before your glue them down and spread them out. Tape some paper down on top of your mirror and carefully cover the edges with painter’s tape. Don’t cover your shims or they’ll have bare spots when you spray paint. Go for an all white vibe with primer and a layer of white for a crisp look or add a metallic for something warmer. I love the way the Valspar metallic ended up, because it’s so thick and really pigmented to shine. Remove your tape after it’s completely dried and hang carefully.

NOTE: Use caution when flipping or hanging your mirror as the shims may be easily knocked off if not secured well.

IMG_1629aIMG_1667aIt ended up being about 26″ in diameter which makes it plenty substantial to hang on a wall by itself without feeling like it’s floating. It would look lovely over a mantle or above an end table in your living room. Try it without splitting your shims to get an even larger finished piece. It’s another inexpensive way to brighten your home on a budget! –Rachel

  • This looks amazing! Great job. I wanted to know how thick is the wood circle you used from lowes? Thanks!

  • I love this – did you find the circular wood/mdf already cut? Or did you need to cut it?

  • I love this! I think I’m going to make it for a Christmas gift. You have the best crafts!

  • holly,
    I’d try Ace hardware or possibly find something smaller at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. I haven’t shopped around enough to know all of the other sources that would have them but that’s where I’d look first. Sorry those two Lowe’s were disappointments. 🙁

  • Sarah and Kate,

    The bedspread was from Liberty of London for Target about two years ago. You may be able to find one on eBay, though.

  • i love this! started gathering materials to make it and went to two different lowes and neither one had the 12″ diameter circular cut of wood. 🙁 i’m stuck! suggestions? i don’t have a jigsaw.

  • So simple but it looks amazing! You always have great ideas.
    (I also love the monochrome cushion)

  • I love it.. I really want to make my own now. I’ve seen one’s made with plastic spoons and then spray-painted a bright colour on pinterest. It sound horrible but it actually comes out quite good. This design is amazing though. I really really want to try it.

  • The mirror looks AMAZING!!!! I love the touch of metallic paint! Ok, it’s now on my to do list for Spring (too cooooold now in New York to be outside cutting wood 🙂 Yep, I hibernate in the winter!!

  • looks amazingly good! I think I have a weaknees for gold things 😉

  • That is a really cool diy mirror! What I want to know is where I can find that bead spread!

  • I love the mirror and I love Rachel but I have to say that the way you post your tutorials is SOOOO frustrating. It would be awesome if you had pictures accompanying the step-by-step instructions instead of a group of pictures – and then the instructions. Not user friendly at all. Just my two cents.

  • I love the sun and this mirror looks like the sun, beautiful!

  • This is b-e-a-uuutiful! Thank you for the detailed tutorial.

    http://ThisIsTia | My Life In Black+White

  • Love it !
    will repost this on my blog.

    You girls have great ides, love everything!
    thank you 😉

    XOXO from France

  • That is beautiful! It looks like something you can get at Ikea!

  • I literally have everything in my tools cabinet now. Going to do this TONIGHT! Wonderful, perfect for above my entry table!

    Thank you!


  • How fun! I LOVE mirrors and this one is so fun and FAB!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • This is far too amazing for words.
    Rachel’s posts are always incredible, absolutely blows my mind how creative and handy she is!

  • This is far too amazing for words.
    Rachel’s posts are always incredible, absolutely blows my mind how creative and handy she is!

  • great idea!! I’m thinking who give it for Christmas 🙂 thank you! We adore your blog!

  • Sad to say but I prefer the easier projects. My mom would be great at something like this though:-)

  • What a great idea! Though, it would require some skills.
    I may pass it on my husband 😉

  • Lovely mirror! I’ve seen a bunch of these and I’ve been hesitant to try one too but you’re results are so pretty I may have to give it a go.
    Love the nightstand decor too! I have an antler I found in Utah that floats around my room slowly trying to find a home. I need to figure out a way to clean it first before it finds a permanent spot.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • This is gorgeous! It looks like you could have bought it for an awful lot of money! I’m loving gold at the moment so this is perfect. And I also very much love the styling of your bedroom – very nice! x

  • This is so pretty! And I already have gold spray paint yay! Better save it for this DIY 🙂

  • Beautiful! I have to try it! And the bedroom is gorgeous, love the typewriter, the bed, the lamp. Sorry I just have to say that I don’t like the horns in the side table, it’s creppy.

  • That’s so cool! I definitely want to try this.


  • I love it!! I do have a question- what side of the shims did you face out, the thin side side or the thicker side, or did you do both sides? It is hard to tell in the picture. I have already made 2 DIY sunburst mirrors but I love this look and want to make one! Thanks, Michelle.

  • That is gorgeous!! And I absolutely love that quilted pinky/purple floral bed cover too!

  • I love this! Something that will definitely fit my budget as a teen 😉 So pretty.

  • This is beautiful. I need to make one of these for my home! <3

  • Such a great idea <3 So lovely and easy! Maybe we can do it with popsicles sticks too? 🙂

  • i love this idea! i saw one on pinterest done with paint sticks and had been wanting to make one!

  • this is lovely!
    P.s. what is the name of the paint color you have on the wall??

  • Love how easy it is. Gold mirrors are always fun! Always looking for new ideas for my wall!

  • I’m not a fan of gold, but this looks pretty great! I’d love to have my own in silver 🙂

  • What a gorgeous mirror!
    Love this DIY!
    Actually very do-able for me too haha!


  • cool! this seems really easy and I love the finished product, so fun!

  • Holy cow , that is beautiful! I’m going to have to try this one day!

    xxx Sabrina

  • Rachel, you are so freaking clever! You never fail to inspire me to get a bit more handy with the DIY. I am always a little meek about it, but your posts always make me reach for my notebook and start sketching ideas.


  • Looks so good! my room has silvery touches to it, perhaps I’ll make one of these and spray paint it silver! 🙂

  • Rachel this looks amazing! Love it! Your craftiness never ceases to amaze.

  • This is brilliant! And exactly what I have been looking for to finish a newly decorated retro spot in my parlor. I would have never thought to make my own. Thank you!

    Rebecca Jean

  • So beautiful! I love it!! 🙂

  • AH this is so awesome! I love love love golden stuff, and this DIY is so cute! I really adore how it turned out. I really think I will do that <33

  • So pretty. I love me a simple and beautiful DIY. Love the gold also!

  • Looks great! I love the metallic as well, and it is perfect with the antler on the bedside table!

  • How pretty! It turned out so nicely. You are right to be proud of it 🙂


  • Thanks so much for this DIY! I love starburst mirrors but they are always so expensive…now I can make my own 🙂


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