Retro Starburst Mirror

Bring back the Groovy Days by decorating your walls with a mirror you can make yourself!

Approximate Time: 2 hours

Supplies:

  • 1 6 inch wooden disk
  • 1 7 inch craft mirror*
  • gold acrylic craft paint
  • small hand drill or crop-a-dile scrapbooking tool
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  • low-temp glue gun and sticks
  • 1 5 inch Styrofoam disk
  • 1 pkg bamboo cooking skewers
  • gold spray paint
  • assorted sized small round craft mirrors**
  • high-temp glue gun and sticks

*comes in a 2-count package at Hobby Lobby

**3 25-count assortment packages and 1 24-count 1/2 inch package used in this project

Instructions:

  1. Paint wooden disk gold on both sides and allow to dry.
  2. Paint one side and all outer edge of the styro disk gold, using the acrylic craft paint. Spray paint could melt Styrofoam, unless specially formulated for use on it!
  3. Using low-temp glue gun and sticks, adhere the Styrofoam disk to the center of your wooden disk. Do not use high-temp glue gun and sticks, as they, too, will melt Styrofoam!
  4. Clip a hole in wood disk edge for hanging.
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  6. In well-ventilated area, spray 32 of the bamboo skewers with gold spray paint, allow to dry, then turn the sticks and spray gain. Repeat this step several times to ensure good coverage.
  7. Using pointy end, poke 4 skewers evenly spaced around the styrofoam disk (12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock positions). Try to stay near the middle of the disk's edge and insert each stick well enough to hold firmly. Then insert 4 more, evenly spaced between the first batch.
  8. Now, clip 2 inches off 8 skewers and poke these in between the ones you just did.
  9. Finally, clip 3 inches off the remaining skewers and insert them in between the rest. These are your "spokes".
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  11. Now, using high-temp glue gun, begin carefully attaching the assortment of small craft mirrors all over the 'spokes".
  12. Final step, using low-temp glue gun, adhere the 6 inch craft mirror to the very center, over styrofoam disc, hang, and enjoy your groovy new wall decor!

By twinklenose from E TX

April 11, 20090 found this helpful

I LOVE that! I saw one at tjmax for $75.00(on sale). I'd rather make one for practically nothing! I can get the mirrors at the re-store, and the dollar store.

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April 12, 20090 found this helpful

This is so cool. I'm totally going to try and make one as a gift.

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April 16, 20090 found this helpful

Don't care for the mirror, but love the concept ! Plan on using plastic disks around sides, but haven't decided what to use for center mirror thinking maybe fabric.

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April 16, 20090 found this helpful

Love the mirror! I was looking at other "craft" projects on here and they are nice...but not exactly modern. I think that this is something a lot of people can use and it looks like something that was bought in the store. Nice job!

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May 6, 20090 found this helpful

Let the 70's come back and lighten up everyone's lives! This is a wicked great idea and like the others say it is modern but easy pease to make! Looking forward to other ideas that you might have in the future!

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July 5, 20090 found this helpful

I love this idea but am wondering how much it will cost?

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March 14, 20100 found this helpful

Better yet, go to any craft store. They have sheets of gold or silver poster board that looks like mirror. Use it instead of real mirror, glue to the back of it instead of the Styrofoam. You can double or put other disc on top of where you glue the skewers on back of first dis. Will be hanging against the wall, cheaper, won't break. Cut smaller mirrors out of the card as well. It's cheaper and craftier!

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March 14, 20100 found this helpful

Great project!

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