DIY Sun Mirror

Mirror header

What a busy weekend we’re having! Yesterday we fitted a new light in our dining room and I finally crafted my twine letters. Today we decided to tackle something I’ve been wanting to create for ages, a DIY sun mirror.

I’ve looked at a lot of tutorials on how to create a mirror like this but a lot of them seemed to involve wood shims which I don’t think exist in the UK! So although the ideal one I wanted to create was out I knew there had to be something else we could use – enter two bags of patterned sticks from Ikea (these were £4 each) and a mirror we found in B&Q whilst buying a curtain pole this morning (reduced to £2). The only other things we used to create this were a glue gun and some silver spray paint, both of which we had already.

Equipment

1. We started by cutting 8 pieces of stick into 15 inch length, using a side cutter. We then distributed these evenly around the circular frame to give us a guideline for the rest of the twigs and stuck in place at the centre and the edge of the frame using a glue gun.

Side cutters

Glue in middle at end

First step

2. Once we had these in place we then cut 8 more 8 inch lengths to create the shortest edge of the sun and glued these in place (fairly!) evenly between the 8 pieces already secured.

Second Step

3. After this we cut 16 lengths of 10 inches and glued in each section to give us an idea of what the gradual change between sizes would look like.

Third step

4. After this things got a little less measured, and a lot more fun! We glued a further 2 lengths, 13 and 12 inches long in each section (which amounts to a LOT of twigs) and continued to secure with the glue gun as we worked around the circle. Once the glue had set a little we were able to see what the mirror looked like from the front and back…

Before paint back

Before paint front

5. We were really happy with the distribution of our “sun” so decided to go for it and paint the mirror silver. Simon masked up the mirror and sprayed 1 coat on the back, 2 coats on the front.

Mask middle

6. Once the paint had dried (this probably took around 30 minutes) we screwed a small eye into the back of the mirror, which was still accessible between some of the twigs. It meant we were able to add a hook into the wall and hang our creation really easily!

Side on final

Here are a few more shots of it in our dining room. I’m so pleased with how this turned out, and for only £10!

Full image

Head on

Linking up at That DIY Party, Suburbs Mama, Made by You Monday, The Pin Junkie (featured!), Time to Sparkle Tuesday, Not just a housewifeSay G’day Saturday and It’s overflowing.

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21 Comments

  1. June 10, 2013 / 11:37 am

    That came out fantastic so creative I love it!

    • Sammi
      June 10, 2013 / 11:38 am

      Thanks Dria, glad you like it. I’m a little in love with it myself!

  2. suburbsmama
    June 11, 2013 / 5:27 am

    loving this mirror. Thank you so much for linking up.

    • Sammi
      June 11, 2013 / 6:38 am

      I’m so glad you like it 🙂

  3. June 13, 2013 / 3:08 am

    Hi Sammi!

    That looks great! It’s very elegant and minimalist!

    Cheers,
    Becky

    • Sammi
      Author
      June 13, 2013 / 6:43 am

      Thank you Becky!

  4. June 19, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    You clever girl! I love this…it looks so simple and gorg on your wall! Great simple and easy DIY project….you’ve been pinned!
    -katie@mydiyhabits

    • Sammi
      Author
      June 19, 2013 / 5:25 pm

      Aww thanks a bunch Katie!

  5. June 20, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    Perfect DIY Mirror! Love it! Quick question, what does IKEA intend those painted sticks to be used for?! I haven’t seen them before, but they’re so cute! XO, Aimee

    • Sammi
      Author
      June 20, 2013 / 5:16 pm

      I guess they’re for arranging with flowers? That’s where we found them in the shop… I’ve never seen them actually used though!

      Glad you like the DIY and thanks for your kind comments.

  6. July 22, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    That looks so fabulous! Being such a Black and White Obsessed fool (har har) I probably would have kept the black stripes. Silver looks equally divine!

    • Sammi
      Author
      July 22, 2013 / 4:18 pm

      I liked the black and white as well although it did mess with my eyes a little!

  7. August 5, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    I LOVE this it looks awesome, and it seems so simple to make, great job.

    • Sammi
      Author
      August 5, 2013 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks Kristina – it really is pretty simple, just a lot of cutting and glue!

  8. September 4, 2013 / 11:31 pm

    I love those Ikea sticks! I kind of like them au naturale, but looks much more cohesive once spraypainted. I kind of want to do installation art with just the sticks now, haha!

    • Sammi
      Author
      September 5, 2013 / 8:24 am

      You should go for it! I liked them black and white as well, silver just worked best for our room.

  9. Liliya
    July 10, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Love it! How big was your mirror?

    • Sammi
      Author
      July 10, 2014 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks! I don’t know – was a standard size probably around 15cm across?

  10. Heidi
    February 17, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Hi Sammi, it might feel ages since you posted this, but I found it today through Pinterest.
    Absolutely love it … and finally a clear ‘tutorial’ … Will be making a sun burst mirror myself after I’ve moved next month.
    Thanks for posting !
    Heidi
    (Belgium)

    • Sammi
      Author
      February 17, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Hi Heidi – what a lovely comment, I’m glad you found it helpful! It’s an oldie, but still hanging in our hallway all this time later 🙂

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