As promised – here is the tutorial for the sunburst mirror I made last weekend.
Once again though – I want to give credit to The Nester. It was on her blog that I first saw
and fell in love with this, and decided I had to make one! Here is a link to hers -
My husband and I put up wainscoting in our hallway this past Saturday. As soon as I saw it
going up I knew I had to make this white sunburst for the wall. Do you ever get determined
to do something and finish it in one night no matter what? I got home from work on Sunday at 5:00 pm
and decided I had to make it that night… after a 10 hour work day.. crazy lady:)
Here are the supplies for this project – oh, plus a glue gun.
No really – that is it!
Posterboard, black foam board, and a mirror.
Coffee and chocolate are helpful too:)
I got the supplies at Michaels. The posterboard was .59 cents a sheet – and although
it is hard to tell proportion in this picture – it is full sized posterboard.
One tip I got from the Nester was to make sure to get the kind of paper that is the same on
both sides. Some of them are matte on one side and glossy on the other. Mine was
matte on both sides. Then I got a piece of thick foam board, and a circular mirror.
The mirror was $2.99, and had a pattern around the edges, almost like a ruffle.
I ended up spending about $6 to make this project.
The mirror was about 6 inches in diameter, so I took a 7 inch plate and used it to
measure the circle I needed to cut out of the foam.
Then I began working on the paper.
I made a pattern out of paper towels. I used two continuous sections of paper towel,and cut it free hand.
I made sure to measure the wall I was putting it on, to make
sure I didn’t make the rays too long. I folded the paper towel in half and then cut the ray shape.
Now I had a pattern, I was ready to cut out the paper. I cut all of the rays on the fold of the paper,
so that I would have a consistent shape. As the Nester also stated, it is almost like the paper
has a “grain”. It will fold and cut more neatly if you fold it from the short side instead
of long sides together. ( I so hope I am making sense! I should have taken more pictures!)
Here you can see what I mean – I have the paper folded, and I traced around the pattern on it.
When you open the cut-out up, it has that fold in it that gives the shape/dimension to the rays.
I cut 16 of these in this size, then made 4 in a medium size, and 4 in a smaller size.
Now I began gluing the ray’s to the foam circle.
I started out with the 4 smallest rays, and put them on the back in the 4 “corners” of the circle.
After that I placed the 4 medium rays on the foam in the sections between the small rays.
At this point I turned it over and began placing the rays underneath from
the front so I could be sure of proper spacing.
I also hot glued the mirror to the foam circle.
I kept alternating rays this way until it looked the way I wanted it to.
This is what the back looked like when I was finished.
I took a piece of black felt and cut a circle out of it to glue on the back.
It gives it a more finished look, and also gives me something to mount a hanger on.
This last step is a very important one in my opinion.
I put the Sunburst on the wall and took a picture.
It is nighttime so the lighting is bad, but good enough for my purpose.
I took a look at the picture to see what I thought, and noticed
immediately that I needed to do some evening up and trimming of the rays.
Now I will say that I could see some of the problems by simply standing in front of it
and looking at it, but I have learned that taking a picture can sometimes give me
more of a perspective than looking looking at something live. I use this
process often with my decorating, and even with my clothing choices!
So – that is about it. I got out my scissors and trimmed the rays up carefully to make it
more symmetrical. Then I took some pictures in natural light the next morning.
I am loving it!! All that impact for around $6!
Let me know what you think – and if you decide to make one yourself
I would love to see it!