I love sunburst mirrors. Whether it is a mid-century modern style, floral inspired, flames, or an easy DIY style. I also like to make projects with things I can recycle as much as possible. After our new bath vanity was built I had several cardboard boxes to recycle so I came up with this cardboard sunburst mirror project.
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There is just something timeless about a sunburst mirror.
I have never purchased one because for the most part the price tag on them is usually more than I’m willing to pay. For some time now though I have wanted to make my own DIY sunburst mirror but didn’t know which one I wanted to make. If you look on Pinterest, and some other blog sites, you will see many different styles and easy DIY tutorials. With our new bedroom repairs and updates, I finally decided to just go ahead and make one. Or two or three – I figured I can find somewhere to put them all in my house.
My version of a sunburst mirror for the master bedroom all started with some leftover cardboard boxes from Christmas shipments.
Cardboard Sunburst Mirror Tutorial
For this project you will need:
- Cardboard boxes
- Acrylic Paints
- 5 or 6 inch round mirror
- Small decorative tiles or stones
- Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
- Command Strips for hanging mirror
- 7 inch plywood craft circle
- Scissors or utility knife
The project cost me less than $5 and is made from these recycled cardboard boxes. After some thought and Pinterest searches of course, I decided on a floral petal design for my first attempt at making a sunburst mirror.
At Walmart, I found a plywood circle to use as the mirror base and the center template for the sunburst flower petal design. I used the plywood circle to create a cardboard circle template for the back of the design.
To create the flower petals, I drew a free form petal template on regular plain paper and cut it out. I then traced the design about 20 times on the card board and cut each one of them out. This step took a while. I also cut out small rounded half circles to make the first layer around the wood circle in the center similar to the center of a flower.
Cardboard is an any to find and a easy to work with material.
After I cut out each petal, I painted each petal twice with acrylic chalk paint in Pool blue from Waverly. I also applied two coats of paint to the plywood circle to match.
After the paint was dry I starting attaching the cardboard cutouts to the back of the plywood circle with a glue gun.
Once all of the petals had been glued on, I glued the cardboard circle to the back to hold them in place and to have something to attach the Command strips to the wall for hanging.
To add some interest and bling to the mirror, I used some of the small 1 inch tile pieces from my craft supply stash. I found the 5 inch mirror at Michaels for only $2.99 and also attached it to the front of the design using the glue gun.
This is how the sunburst mirror turned out.
“Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be achieved.” Proverbs 16:3