…you are my sunshine!Posted: August 24, 2011
My baby sister is heading off to college (actually she’s already there now, but wasn’t when I made this for her), and I knew she would need something to spruce up her dorm room.
Enter the sunburst mirror.
But everything I saw was too heavy and taste specific for a dorm room. Until a quick google search came up with these beauties from amazon and west elm. Perfect! Light & simple, and I knew where I could get all the materials – MICHAELS! (my home away from home).
– Silver spray paint (had this on hand) $0
– Mosaic mirrors, they come in a pack of 25 in three sizes smaller than 1 inch $2.50 each *4= $10
– skewers (like the kind you cook kabobs on!) $4 – I think I used 36
– Mirror for the center $3
– Hot glue and gun $0
After picking up all my supplies I started sticking the skewers in a piece of styrofoam I had from a recently purchase blender, so I could spray all around the skewers without having to touch them. Two coats later I was ready to start gluing.
I started by tracing the center mirror on a piece of cardboard and cutting it out. If I wanted the mirror to look more “store-bought” I probably would use wood, but since that would make it heavier and I don’t have a saw – cardboard it was!
I used my eyeball it method and one of the skewers as a ruler to break the cardboard into 16 sections (I didn’t take a picture of this, but I’m sure you can image a circle broken into 16 parts!)
Then I got to work hot gluing the skewers to the cardboard back, alternating how far I glued the skewer in so the mirror wouldn’t be perfectly even.
I couldn’t think of a better way to secure the top, center mirror – so I squeezed a ton of hot glue all over, and placed the mirror on top. *Note: two months later it’s still hanging strong!
Now for the
time consuming fun part! I glued 100 of those tiny mosaic mirrors (averaging 3 to each skewer)- making sure nothing was symmetrical, and there were no repeating patterns.
Since I couldn’t exactly nail a picture wall mount to the cardboard, I went with plan B, hot glue! The whole mirror is so light that I wasn’t afraid of the glue not holding.
LOVE! I may have gone a little overboard with the mirrors, but I love how they reflect light around the room.
For the mirror I made to keep, I added a simple circle cut out from foam to frame the (larger) center mirror, but everything else is the same!