Teach Me Tuesday!


I thought Tuesdays might be a good day to try to teach y’all a project that you could try yourself at home.  Sometimes the project will be something I have done and other days (like today) it may come from another source, but I also plan on tackling one day.  I think you will be surprised how easy it is to get something you covet by making it yourself.  I love it when I see something that is way out of my price range and copy it for so much less.  It is the best kind of DIY high!

Today’s Teach Me is learning to create your own Sunburst Mirror.  I have been seeing these all over town and let me tell you – they are spendy.  They look amazing in dining rooms, bedrooms, foyers and over a couch in your living room.  Really anywhere!

Materials Needed:

  • mirror with flat frame edge
  • 150 pieces branches or twigs
  • glue sticks
  • glue gun
  • painter’s tape
  • yardstick
  • hacksaw or other saw
  • sandpaper
  • sheet of paper
  • spray primer
  • spray paint
  • hanging hardware

Gather Supplies

Select materials and cut branches to varying lengths between 15 to 18 inches long. Tip: Attach hanging hardware on back of frame prior to starting project.

Tape Guidelines

Tape intersecting lines to mirror surface. Using tape lines and yardstick as a guide, glue first branch to mirror frame surface.

Create Radiating Circle

Glue branches in place using guidelines to create a radiating circle around mirror frame, providing guide for attaching remaining branches.

Glue Branches to Frame Edge

Apply ample amount of glue to frame using a hot glue gun and secure each branch. Tip: Hold branch in place for several seconds while glue sets.

Vary Branch Lengths

Attach branches to mirror, varying lengths of adjacent branches for a balanced final result.

Complete Circle

Continue attaching branches around mirror frame until a full circle is created.

Sand Branches

Sand top sides of branches with sandpaper to remove any excess glue.

Protect Mirror Surface

Cover mirror surface with paper and apply painter’s tape around inner line of mirror to protect mirror surface while painting.

Prime Backside of Mirror

Spray backside of mirror and branches with primer. Let dry to touch, approximately a half-hour. Tip: Stacked paint cans provide a convenient stand to place mirror while painting.

Prime Front of Mirror

Turn mirror over and place on stand front side up. Prime branches and mirror frame. Let dry to touch, approximately a half-hour.

Paint Mirror

Repeat above steps to paint front and back of mirror. Let dry 24 hours. Remove protective paper and hang mirror.


Okay … not so bad is it?  I want to show you some other pictures of some DIY Sunburst’s – just switching out the twigs or branches for another material can completely change the look and feel of this mirror.  Use what you like and what feels like it will fit in with your decor.


This mirror is made with chopsticks.  A little more contemporary.



I think this one is my favorite – it is made with rulers.  You could also paint the rulers in your decor color or colors and then distress them … so cool!


Just to give you some perspective … this mirror sells for $375.00.  Do you see what I mean?  You can do this!


This Sunburst is made from cedar shims.  These are so cheap and super easy to find at any local hardware store.

Come on Friends … you can make this mirror in a day … I promise you!  Be sure to send me a picture of your finished product.  I can’t wait!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!


About Missi @ havoc to heaven

I am the President and CEO of the Smith House (according to me). I am married and we have four teenagers all within 3 1/2 years of each other - including a set of twins. Let's just say I log more miles on my car then a NY taxi driver. I am one crazy, busy lady. But - I know that the kids will be off to college soon enough so I relish the craziness and take lots of Xanax (oops I mean baths). I love to see things that are in havoc turn into heaven on earth. I am a self taught designer who has a passion for paint colors, fabrics, vintage accessories and everything on Etsy and Pinterest! I hope you enjoy my blog. I will be showing all kinds of scenarios that have been taken from "Havoc to Heaven" - from remodeling, refinishing and maybe just starting from scratch!

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