How To Make A Starburst Mirror

STARBURST MIRRORStarburst mirrors are very popular in decorating right now – you see them on the pages of decorating magazines, catalogs, and furniture stores. 

They can be pretty pricey, but you can easily make one at a fraction of the cost using wood shims that you buy very inexpensively at home improvement store.  I found everything I needed at Lowes and Michaels.   I spray painted my shims as I wanted a white starburst to coordinate with my room, but you can paint them any color or even  leave it natural.STARBURST MIRROR

Supplies Needed:

  • 18 packs of wood Shims
  • 12-inch diameter wood floral/craft ring
  • 1 – 7-inch diameter mirror
  • An old beaded necklace
  • Wood glue and hot glue
  • Saw
  • Heavy Duty picture hanging hardware
  • Optional:  Paint or stain

 

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 You can arrange your shims anyway you like. I played with a few different variations, but settled on this design.   If you look closely there are 9 shims in each section.   As you put together each section use Elmer’s wood glue in between each shim and let the sections dry.

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Once you have all the sections done – then glue the sections together to create the starburst shape.

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Glue the ring onto the back of the glued together shims and let dry overnight.

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 Use white spray paint to paint the front and sides of the shim sunburst or leave natural.  When the paint is dry – glue mirror to center front.  Cut the extra shims into 1-inch pieces.

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Spray paint them white and let dry.  You may need a to sand the edges lightly after cutting.

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Measure around mirror and cut beaded necklace to that measurement.  Spray paint them to match shims.

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Glue the necklace around mirror and then the cut pieces of shims as shown. I used hot glue.


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Attach picture hanger to the back of wreath on top of the wood ring. 

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Hang.

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