I purposely tore out each and every page of an old book to create this project!
Book lovers I am sorry. I am a book lover too.. But it had to be done.
It was the only way to make this DIY Sunburst Mirror by destroying an old book.
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Nothing else adds the timeless mid-century inspired glamour to a room like a sunburst mirror. They can be found in all styles, materials, and colors.
I have made three for my home in the last couple of years. This one featured in this post that is made from an old book, one using dowel rods and a mirror, and even one made from cardboard.
And I would like to apologize up front about the quality of these photos. Not only were they taken in a dark basement, but they were taken many years ago before our phone cameras were more advanced than they are today. And unfortunately I can not recreate these photos because the room has been updated since this original post.
My DIY versions were inspired by my love of all things Mid Century Modern, but honestly, more from my lack of budget to purchase a vintage one at the time. If you are like me and always convince yourself that you can DIY it much cheaper then this post for a DIY Sunburst Mirror From An Old Book is for you.
Thankfully the popularity of Mid Century inspired furnishings and décor are more popular so the cost to buy sunburst mirrors is more budget friendly these days.
For my third, and I’m sure not my last sunburst mirror project, I decided to destroy an old book by tearing out the pages.
Sorry book lovers but I made sure to destroy one that was a technical book that was out of date. That way it didn’t bother me as much to tear it apart.
After tearing out the pages, I put on a good movie, grabbed a stick of craft glue and rolled the pages into small tubes.
HOw To Make An Easy DIY Sunburst Mirror From Old Books
For this project you will need:
- Old outdated book
- 4 Inch or larger Round Mirror
- 7 Inch Plywood Craft Circle
- Glue Stick
- Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
To start gluing the paper tubes to the plywood circle, I started the design with a t-pattern connecting four paper tubes in the center. Then I just filled in the empty sections between those pieces. Add another layer on top of the first layer.
Like I mentioned previously, there really aren’t any rules to making a paper sunburst mirror look perfect, you just glue on paper rolls around the shape of the circle until it is as full as you want it to look.
There really isn’t a detailed tutorial on how to make this old book page sunburst mirror because it is so simple to do.
After starting with the foundation of the paper rolls in a t-pattern, you will then just add paper rolls between each of the first four to fill the bottom layer of paper rolls. Then you glue on a second layer of paper rolls on top of that layer. Keep creating layers of rolled up book pages until the center of the circle is full to your liking.
So the last thing to do is to glue the mirror to the center on top of the paper tubes and finish off the new sunburst mirror.
This mirror used to hang over the bed in one of our basement bedrooms. It hung this room for many years until we had to replace the ceiling tiles in the room after our broken washing machine from the upstairs flooded down to this room.
Obviously this old book page sunburst mirror didn’t survive the damage and was taken off the wall.
It was a nice creative touch when it did hang in the room.
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