Wow...I've been really slacking in the blogging department lately, huh? Our computer lost the Wifi function...so it has to be plugged in upstairs directly with the modem. What does that mean? Well, it just means I'm not on the computer nearly as much anymore...which I think my family is very happy about:) Plus I have been a busy little bee with getting projects done...you know those photos you save in the "I really want to do that someday" folder? I am actually getting those done! Yay me!
One of the projects I wanted to do was a sunburst mirror. I have seen a ton of examples online for DIY versions and thought I would give it a try myself.
First, I found a pack of round mirrors at Goodwill. I got 6 mirrors in different sizes for $4...but I had a giftcard so it was free! You can also get mirrors like this at a craft store.
So, I took the largest mirror (8" in diameter) and glued down some skewers in some symmetrical spots. I glued them with the pointy side facing in because I wanted the flat edge to be showing on the outside.
Note: When buying bamboo skewers, do not buy them at the dollar store...they are thinner and more of them are bent. I got mine at Walmart for $.94 a pack (of 100) and they were a lot thicker and very few were duds...plus it was cheaper than the dollar store!
I divided each of my previous sections with more skewers. I thought this would be the best way to get them the most even all the way around. You could measure all the way around and mark where they go...I'm just lazy:)
So, I continued with that method until I had the fullness that I wanted. I used almost a whole bag of 100 skewers.
I went through and painted the back of the skewers with black acrylic paint. Next, I flipped it over, covered the mirror with a circle piece of paper, and spray painted the front with black spray paint. The paper kept the mirror clean and the spray paint made it so that I didn't have to apply a top coat.
I hung it in our bedroom and I love it! I originally wanted it over our bed...but I didn't think to measure the small wall before making the mirror...so the mirror was bigger than the small wall space between our windows. Luckily it fits perfectly on the opposite wall and fills the space nicely.
I feel great getting one of my long time projects accomplished. I have finished a few others for our room that I can't wait to share:)
mirrors (pack of 6): $4.00
bamboo skewers (pack of 100): $.94
paint: already had
(plus I still have 5 more mirrors to play with!)
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