DIY Easy Sunburst Mirror

2 Hours
I never thought that it would be so easy to make a sunburst mirror and especially a mirror that would seem nice from very close. The inspiration came from Healthy, Wealthy and Diy's blog to transform a beautiful handmade round mirror that the last three years was hidden in the closet because it doesn't match with our current furniture and decoration. So, I decided to paint it silver and change it to a sunburst mirror in order to hang it over our fireplace. My main problem to this project was that I don't use spray paint because I can't handle their flow and I don't like their smell. Fortunately, the result was very good despite the fact I used acrylics and the bamboo sticks for rays, which here in Greece are the synonym of our famous food "souvlaki", made the project very affordable.

round mirror

small bamboo sticks

white chalk paint

black and silver acrylic paints


paper tape

hot glue and silicone pistol

*** instead of acrylics you can use a silver (or gold) spray paint to make the process less complicated.
step one

I think there are two options in making a sunburst mirror. The one is to choose a round mirror without a frame and neglect this step. Or, you choose a framed round mirror, like me, and if it hasn't the desirable colour, you will have to paint it. With a spray paint, the job is done quickly. Of course, you have to cover the mirror with a round paper taped with paper tape. But, if you aren't a spray fan like me, the procedure would last longer.

Firstly, you will need to paint the frame with a base paint in order to apply the silver acrylic paint above. Here, I used white chalk paint and little black acrylic to make a grey base. When it dried, I painted with a silver paint two times. And, in order to give a textured effect in the surface and to avoid ugly brushes, I took a plastic bag, folded in my hands and pressed it briefly to the frame to make an imprint.
step two

I turned over the mirror and started placing the sticks around it using a paper tape. I agree that this was the difficult part of the project, as I was trying to keep the symmetry. Some of them were moving and falling. When I placed all the sticks - I needed less than on bag - I started gluing them with hot glue.
step three

When the glue dried, I painted the sticks silver with the same method. You can just spray them for a quicker result.
Despite closeness, the mirror on our fireplace seems amazing. I always have this doubt with DIY projects because sometimes their imperfections are too obvious. But, I must admit that this DIY project was completely successful!!!
Joanna _ ARTbyJWP
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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on May 23, 2019

    You did a great job. I love the mirror.

  • Debi Debi on May 31, 2020

    I tried to make a sunburst wall piece using the wood skewers and two metal hoops, one 12 inch and the other 6 inch. I had seen this on Pinterest or YouTube but could not find again for directions. Anyway the whole piece was spray painted gold and it was stunning. Well I went to put this together and I could not find anything to get the sticks to stick to the hoops. I tried hot glue, superglue, gorilla glue, you name it, but it was a fail. I have no idea how they accomlished this. But this DIY looks doable. TYFS.