Friday, March 18, 2011

Tutorial ~ $2 Sunburst Mirror

 Yes, that's right, TWO dollars! :D I love the way it turned out! You can paint it, or leave it natural.

Mirror -Dollar Tree (it was for candles) $1
Placemat - Dollar Tree $1
Cardboard... already had. 1. I'm just showing you the placemat
2. Cut all strings on the top. Cut down the first plank that the strings aren't glued to.
3. Pull the plank off.
4. Cut the bottom strings.

5. Cut the big glued chunk of wood off and throw it away.
6. Pull the wood just like the picture.
7. Pull toward yourself and put the planks in a pile. Continue all the way down.
8. That's my pile :D

9. Save these strings for later, 'cause crafters keep everything :P
10.trace your mirror and cut the circle out about a 1/4 inch smaller than your line all around.
11. Mark the middle and use a protractor to make a cross .... clearly I was too lazy to use the protractor at first and I *might* have failed many more times on the back. Just maybe.
12. Glue two large planks on your lines.

13. Repeat 12 on the other side. Why didn't I just show you both steps at once?? I'm not sure.
14.Glue 4 more planks on. (all of these have been whole planks so far.)
15. Cut 4 planks in half and glue them on close to the edge.
16. Cut some (I didn't count, sorry!) planks into 3/4's. I just cut on the dent closest to the end. Keep your other 1/4 planks for some other craft :P
17. (not shown) Glue a dowel between each plank.

(if you are going to paint your mirror do it now. If you want a stain looking paint job, water your paint down. I used acrylic paint... a lot of it. If you are planning on painting it non stain like, mix {if you are mixing your own color... if not just ignore this!} 3+ times as much paint as you think you are going to need.)

18. Lay your mirror face down. Hold the "nice" side of the sunburst in your hand. Quickly hot glue all around the edge of the "ugly" side of the sunburst and lay it on the mirror. Doing it like this allows you to center the mirror, trust me. I glued the mirror on 3 different times because I didn't know how.
Glue a hanger on the back of your new sunburst mirror. Can you tell i like hot glue?!?! I'm not sure if it was a plate hanger or what, I just think of it as monster teeth (do you know what I'm talking about now?).
Hang your mirror and enjoy!

PS, I'm super sorry for the not-so-great pictures, I wanted to edit them all, but there are a LOT of them!
Comment if you liked this tutorial! I LOVE comments!


Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Ok, that is a great tutorial and a fabulous mirror! I love these sunburst mirrors and it's amazing how cheap you can make them but they cost a fortune in the stores. Great job

Unknown said...

Hi there, Alyssa! I found your blog through My Princess Story and i enjoyed reading yours so much that i decided to follow it! My name is Hannah and i, too, am 13 years old, homeschooled, and hey, i love Jesus! I'd love to get to know you more and i have a blog you can check out if you want to:

God bless and have a totally awesome day!!!

♥ hannah

Sharde said...

im planning on doing some hair tutorials soon, i just have to flat iron my hair! its so curly naturally that i have to french braid it in order for the curls to look orderly. but thanks for the compliment anyways :)

idk yet if im going to do any posts about makeup- simply for the fact that 99% of the time, i don't wear it. for me, its fun to play with, but totally unnecessary, even though im 21 and in the beauty industry. its weird, when i meet people, i want them to see the real me, instead of made-up me. i dont know, weird thing in my brain lol.

and about the guest post, some sort of craft tutorial would be great. for my page im hoping for my tutorials to gear towards fashion/style sorts of stuff so anything in that way would be great. if you have ideas, shoot me an email

Andrew said...

this looks cool.

delaney said...

That's so cute! great tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! :) In response to your question, a normal Blogger design for a personal blogger is usually around 30 dollars. You can check out the site,, but it's still undergoing some changes, so the prices aren't up yet.
have a blessed day!

Kris said...

Fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

So cute and I love that it only cost $2! I think I may have to see if the dollar store near me has this stuff!

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

That is fabulous!! Great idea!
I am hosting my first linky party today and would love for you to link up! :) {nifty thrifty sunday}