DIY Popsicle Stick Starburst Mirror

starburst mirror

So what do you think about the whole starburst mirror fad? Have you hopped on board yet? My husband has been resistant to go there but when I had the idea for this DIY version I had to try it!

It all started with an old clock we had that I had set in my junk pile workspace in the garage to upcycle in some way. Over the holidays I received the new Ballard Designs catalog in the mail and as soon as I saw this startburst mirror I knew what I wanted to do!

This gorgeous bone mirror is $269 but before I realized it was bone the first thing that came to my mind was popsicle sticks! (What? You didn’t think that too?)

I started off with an old clock which I of course can’t find my before picture of! (Bad blogger!) I took the clock face out and sprayed the glass with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint.  Meanwhile I used my fancy-dancy new cordless glue gun to create a big ol’ stack of little popsicle fans.  Fun times.

diy mirror Collage

Once my fans were all dry I put my glass mirror back in the frame and started layering the popsicle stick fans onto the mirror.  The first layer I glued on about halfway through the “fan” leaving spaces in between.  Once it was dry I added the second layer behind it slightly higher.

closestarburst diy mirror

Once my mirror was assembled I covered the mirror portion with newspaper and sprayed the entire thing with Krylon ShortCuts in Gold Leaf.

Easy-peasy! The entire thing probably took an hour all together (although for me it was two days because I ran SIX popsicle sticks short the first day and had to wait until I could get to the store to finish!)



starburst mirror

Y’all need to send me strength, I’m painting my master bathroom today and plan on revealing the full makeover on Friday (along with some gorgeous new blinds I got for my “trouble” window from!)  After painting the downstairs bath and the sage of painting and stenciling the Master bedroom I am not really looking forward to painting again!

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    • Melissa says

      Thanks Courtenay! Luckily I didn’t have to eat all those popsicles just to get the sticks! Although I did run short by six at first and I debated having the boys eat enough to let me finish but alas, it felt like a bad Mommy move!

  1. Terri J says

    I love it! I have my popsicle sticks, paint (because I want a burst of color), but am still in search of the right size mirror and more glue sticks – Sounds like I need a trip to a craft store soon!

  2. says

    Melissa, I am so glad you joined me. LOVE your mirror. You are so talented and certainly amogst the super bloggers you just mentioned on the newbie list. It really is inspiring.

    • Melissa says

      Gosh no Laura…that would have greatly affected the “blogger’s butt” situation I’m trying to keep under control!!

  3. Crystal says

    What a fun sunburst mirror. I am definitely on board with sunburst mirrors. I’ll be praying for strength while you paint this weekend, I know how you feel!

    • Melissa says

      Thanks so much, I actually managed to finish all the painting today. Worth it in the end but miserable during!

  4. says

    I’m kicking myself because around a year ago, in one of my “Garage clean-ups” I put a circular mirror with a white plastic frame in the bin! I could have used it to do this brilliant version of the starburst mirror :( Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find a new one at some point.

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog and leaving your comment by the way!

    Gaby X

  5. says

    These do not look like popsticks. I think because you had the great idea to sort of “fan” them as you were gluing. Thanks for this great idea. I do have 3 medium sunbursts mirrors over my bed but I have a blank space between two windows that I was thinking of putting some smaller sunburst mirrors. I think your design would be great for one of them. I saw your post over at StoneGable blog party.

  6. says

    WOW!!!! Oh my goodness this looks FANTASTIC! What a fabulous idea, the mirror looks awesome!!!! What a great idea to use popsickle sticks!!!!! Very cool!!!!

  7. Kathy Ziegenmier says

    Absolutely love it and was thinking that you could also highlight the Popsicle sticks with some Rub n Buff to give it an antique look.

  8. says

    Very cute idea! I’ve been looking for popsicle sticks recently (for a different project), but apparently shops here only sell them in summer. Bummer! So I will have to pin this one for later =)

  9. Kristina says

    I’m jumping on the bandwagon to say I love your idea! I pinned for future making. I’ve had this stash of Popsicle sticks for a while now. I think I might stain mine before making. ..

  10. sande says

    I love that mirror. I have a rectangle one, not too big but not small either. I have been watching out at the Salvation for a frame but no such luck yet. I would love to come up with something with the popcycle sticks as I love that look! I know rectangles are a far cry from a sun burst but there has to be SOMETHING!. I will keep an eye out and my creative flow working and when I come up with something, I will mail you a pic of it! Thanks for posting that idea! WONDERFUL!

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