DIY Sunburst Mirror

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Hey Friends!

I hope you all are having a great weekend! The weather here is gloomy, with rain off & on today. I am fighting the urge to take a nap instead of writing this post!! This week is week three of our Dog Days of Winter Series. The theme this week is “Make It.”

“Make It” week is all about choosing a project you’ve pinned from Pinterest & actually making it! I don’t know about you all, but I have a ton of craft/DIY projects pinned, but have made only a hand few of those items. I’m sure the majority of you are guilty of this as well.  Well, this week is all about taking action & making those things you’ve been wanting to make for months now!

For me, it was this project: DIY Sunburst Mirror

DIY Sunburst Mirror

I know I’m like a year (or more) behind on the sunburst mirror phenomenon. I’ve always loved the way they look & now that I’ve been doing some work in my master bedroom, I thought maybe I could use one in that space.

These pins were my inspiration for the project:

Paint Stick Sunburst Mirror via Centsational Girl
Knockoff Sunburst Mirror via Thrifty Decor Chick

For the most part, I followed Kate’s tutorial for my sunburst mirror. However, the Lowe’s store in our area wasn’t willing to handover the number of paint sticks that I need for the project even though I offered to pay for them.  So, I had to come up with a different solution. Then I remembered that Sarah had used shims for her mirror, so I decided to do the same.

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7″ Round Mirror
Embroidery Hoop
Gorilla Glue
Craft Paint
Piece of Scrap Wood
1 Package Wood Shims
Sawtooth Picture Hanger
Paint Brush (not pictured)
Hot Glue/Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)
I started off by attaching my mirror to the scrap piece of wood using gorilla glue. Then, I sat the mirror aside & let it dry thoroughly. Once it was dry, I added the sawtooth picture hanger to the backside of the scrap wood so I would be able to hang it later. Then, I started figuring out the arrangement of the shims.
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Once I knew how the shims would be arranged & how many I needed (I used 32 total), I began sanding them down.
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Once all of the edges of the shims were all smooth, I began painting them.  I followed Kate’s lead here & went with metallic sahara gold & metallic taupe craft paints from Folk Art. I painted half of them sahara gold & the other half taupe. I gave them all two coats.
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When they were dry, I began attaching them to the scrap wood around the perimeter of the mirror using hot glue.
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After the first set of shims were on, then I added the embroidery hoop to frame out the mirror. You’ll use just the inside hoop for your frame. I painted the hoop in metallic taupe & then adhered it to the mirror using the gorilla glue. I sat a heavy book on top of the hoop & let it dry for a good hour.
DIY Sunburst MIrror
Once it was dry, I grabbed my hot glue gun again & added the second round of shims (in metallic taupe) to the mirror.
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You’ll notice in this picture that the lighter colored shims are shorter than the darker ones. I had my hubby trim 2″off each one of them to create the alternating lengths.
Once that was done, it was time to hang it on the wall! 🙂
DIY Sunburst MIrror

I’ve only been sharing sneak peeks of my master bedroom thus far….it is still a work in progress & I have a few more things I am wanting to do before I show you the full room.

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DIY Sunburst MIrror
DIY Sunburst MIrror
DIY Sunburst MIrror

I love the way this mirror turned out and I think it looks so pretty hanging in it’s new spot!! I can’t wait to bring in some more accessories to the bedroom so I can share the full reveal with you all! 🙂

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our “Make It” Linky Party!! Come share your Pinterest projects with us & be inspired by others!! It can be a craft, DIY project, and/or recipe.

We can’t wait to see your projects!!

If you link up on just ONE of our blogs, your project will be see on all NINE sites!! So, get those projects completed & get your posts ready!!

If you don’t have a blog, I would still LOVE for you to join in!! Share a picture of your project with me on my Facebook Page! I will be sharing some of my favorites over the course of the week!

I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday!!

Linking up here….
Better Mom Mondays at The Better Mom
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z
Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog
Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training
One Project At a Time at A Bowl Full of Lemons
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Link Up With Me at Liz Marie Blog
Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Winter Pinterest Challenge at Young House Love

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  1. It turned out really cute! I can’t wait to see it in person!


  2. That looks really fresh and airy, and not too heavy. Your bedroom sneak peek is looking good too! Cant’ wait to see it.

    Have a great week!

  3. Seriously I have no words for how wonderful this project is & how beautiful your room is!! You are one talented little lady!!! I love it all! xx Liz Marie

  4. Yes I’m guilty of this too, seeing so many DIY thing’s I fancy and never going ahead and trying to make them. I think my first DIY will be a nail polish rack as I’m in need of storage so I’m going to make a display/bookcase shelf and varnish or paint it and a mirror like this would look fantastic above it. There are so many great apps on the Mac App store now like a spirit level etc so I should be able to do it using those apps. Thanks for posting this I hope to do this soon and I’ll definitely let you know so you can see how mine turned out. I was really inspired by your post so I pinned it and I shared it on my facebook page.


  5. Amazing and easier than it looks! Thanks for sharing this and giving such good directions!

  6. I LOVE this! I had been thinking of making one with paint sticks, but I love how yours turned out using the shims and paint colors! 🙂

  7. How seriously beautiful! I adore your mirror! And how simple too! Thank you for the great inspiration!

  8. this is beautiful! LOVE IT!

  9. Tonya!!! This is seriously gorgeous. I love how simple it is yet makes such a statement. Wonderful project for this challenge. Love it.

  10. Now I want one… I just need to figure out which of my rooms it’d look best in… really creative and not a hard project at all.

  11. I love this!! And I’m dying over the little sneak peek of your room!! I can’t wait to see it! It looks beautiful!

  12. Wow, your version turned out so beautifully! I’m so impressed! Thanks so much for the linky love!

  13. It looks especially great against that wall! Can’t wait to see the full reveal of this room!

  14. That looks so great! It looks like such a soothing space :)xo Kristin

  15. Love your sunburst mirror!! Your room looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it all!! Thanks for hosting the linky party!

  16. Beautiful! I really love the look. Found you from Blissfully Ever After

  17. Christina @ Floridays Mom says:

    Beautiful! I just love this. I’m loving the sneak peaks of the master as well, can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Love the mirror! I love seeing how you create things they turn out so good! Can you just come to my house for about 2 weeks an decorate?

    Love ya

  19. This turned out so pretty. I have been wanting to do a starburst mirror also. By the time I do mine, it will be out of style!


  20. Wow! This turned out fantastic! I’ve also been thinking about tackling some sort of DIY sunburst mirror for above our bed and I just might have to do this!

    I especially love the soft metallic sheen. It’s subtle but still gorgeous!!

    Stopping by from A to Z link party!

  21. That is Gorgeous!! I love it! I am stopping over from Tuesday’s Talent Show and am a new follower. I would love for you to stop by sometime!

  22. Tonya,
    This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love how it turned out! Pairing that mirror with your planked walls, the glass bottom lamp, and newly updated end tables….I am drooling 🙂

  23. That sneak peak reminds me of being on the beach…I love it so bright and airy. never knew something so inexpensive could make such a large impact…way to go

  24. Love, Love, Love sunburst mirrors. I can’t get enough of them. I have done a few in my own home. I am hosting a new link party and would love it if you would check it out.

  25. This looks lovely, can’t wait to see the finished space! Thank you for sharing!

    Katie @ The Inveterate Homemaker

  26. Wow – what a great idea!

  27. Love your space and the mirror! Such a calm and cozy bedroom.

  28. lovely room..I have that same blue patterned pillow on our adirondack chairs in our beach house..:)

  29. I’m a brand new follower! That mirror is lovely and I cannot wait to see the big room reveal! Amanda

  30. I really love this mirror! Doesn’t look too hard to make, either!
    Great tutorial.

  31. This is so beautiful! You did a great job. I’m your newest follower 😉
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  32. So lovely! Great job! 🙂

  33. Finally…something to do with all of those paint stirring sticks from Home Depot!

  34. Love this – your bedroom looks gorgeous!

  35. Beautiful!!!!

  36. This looks great. So elegant and absolutely perfect in your bedroom.

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  41. Meredith Street says:

    Love this post!! I created this sunburst mirror yesterday and it turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing — my only problem was that I forgot to nail the picture hook before I glued the mirror so I ended up with a small crack on the side of the mirror. Still looks beautiful though. I can’t wait to hang it over my DIY headboard! Thanks again!

  42. Mary Finley says:

    I adore this idea. I have been searching for different DIY mirror projects for my daughter’s new bedroom. I’ve found some large mirrors for sale that would be great for a project like this! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Aimee Leishure says:

    The mirror is creative and beautiful. I LOVE the pattern pillow on your bed. Would you mind sharing where you found it? Thank you for sharing! Love your blog and creativity!!!


  1. […] Tonya at Love of Family and Home used shims, metallic paint, and an embroidery hoop to make a sunburst mirror. I have some embroidery hoops, now I just need to get some shims and a mirror! How sweet are these […]

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