How To Make A Driftwood Sunburst Mirror For Less Then Ten Dollars

by Kelli
6 Materials
2 Hours
Want to add a little coastal charm to your home? Here is a beautiful driftwood sunburst mirror you can make yourself because spending $650 dollars on one like this driftwood sunburst mirror is a bit out of your budget. Let me show you how you can make your own for less then $10.
Materials Needed
  • Dollar Tree mirror (or any mirror really)
  • Driftwood in different sizes and shapes
  • jigsaw table or hand saw
  • Gorilla glue or glue gun with clear glue sticks that adheres to wood
  • damp cloth
  • chalk paint
  • paint brush
  • Jute cord or rope (Dollar Tree)
  • rope, ribbon, or wire (for the “hook”)
Step 1: Take a walk along the beach or river and collect quite a bit of driftwood. Let your driftwood pieces completely dry then clean.Step 2: Separate driftwood into similar shapes and sizes.Step 3: To get a sense of how you will create your sunburst mirror, lay some pieces out like I did below. Not only will this help you visualize how it will look, but also it will give you an idea of how to start your pieces.
Step 4: Flip your Dollar Tree mirror and begin gluing the pieces onto the back— just like how you laid out your test pieces. Before you glue, it works better if you dampen the driftwood. TIP: I found the hot glue worked better than the Gorilla glue as it dried faster.Step 5: Add another layer of pieces and continue this until you like what you see.
Step 6: Paint the Dollar Tree mirror frame. I painted mine white with Rust-oleum’s chalk paint but you could choose any color to fit your home style. It took 2 coats and some touch-ups.
Step 7: Add a driftwood boarder with pieces that are a bit flatter than round. For this step I used a small jigsaw table. It’s a beast but I love it! If you don’t have a jigsaw table you could cut your pieces with a handsaw. Cut at different small lengths. Remember to wear protective eye gear and follow safety rules when cutting each piece.Step 8: Glue the flat edge of your cut driftwood facing the mirror’s frame. Continue all the way around the mirror. Add additional pieces anywhere you feel is needed.Step 9: Cut your jute rope to fit inside the perimeter of mirror. Then hot glue to the plastic frame. I did take a lighter to the rope to remove all of the loose fibers. Step 10: Decide where you want to place the hook. Cut your ribbon, wire, or rope to size. Glue into position. TIP: I used two types of glue. The first was E6000 because I wanted to ensure the rope would stay. The second was the hot glue to get the rope to stick quickly. I also used more hot glue over the top of the ends. Basically, don’t be afraid to use a lot of glue. If your mirror is a lot bigger and heavier, consider using brad nails.
Step 11: Once dried, all that is left is to find a place to display your amazing driftwood sunburst mirror. Making your own sunburst mirror is fun and super affordable. Because I had everything on hand, except for the mirror, it only cost me a dollar. Get out! One dollar!? Wouldn’t lie to ya. Pretty frugal diy decor, right?
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