A Rustic Mirror March 23, 2011 DIY, Home Decor, Our House, Tutorials 14 Comments 9523 I’ve been eye-ing some starburst mirrors…and believe me, there are plenty in blog land! Everyone is so creative- I’ve seen them made from twigs, bamboo…even silverware! But I have to say the one that inspired me the most was this one from Kristi at Addicted 2 Decorating. Image courtesy Addicted 2 Decorating I love the fact that it’s made out of wood shims (you know my obsession with using materials for unusual purposes!). Kristi said it took her 17 packages, and I found that to be the same for mine. I designed mine a little differently, starting with the arrangement of the shims. I made sets of 5 in sort of a ladder design using wood glue between pieces and painter’s tape to hold them together while they dried overnight. Then I attached 3 of those sets together in tall-short-tall and short-tall-short combinations, also using wood glue. Working on a plastic bag, I laid them out in a circle as I went to be sure I made the right amount of each. I used wood glue and hot glue this time, which worked great-you just have to move quickly with the hot glue and squeeze the pieces together until it sets. You end up with a hole perfect for a single 5 piece which bridges the gap and maintains the pattern (in my case, a “tall”). I bought an 8″ diameter mirror from A.C. Moore with a 40% off coupon. I used hot glue and gorilla glue to secure the mirror to the shim frame. Because the shims aren’t perfectly flat, I just made sure I got enough glue underneath to adhere wherever it could. The next day, I found it was secured VERY well. Now this bad boy seems pretty heavy, but the scale told me it was 7.4 lbs. So, I decided to use a sawtooth hanger (made for 10lbs) to hang it. I put some gorilla glue on it too for good measure (it is going over a bed…) Now here it is in the guest room. I love it! It’s an awesome statement piece for less than $3o! P.S. Notice I de-pillowed the bed a bit…what do you think? *****Linked Up***** 14 Responses Kayla March 23, 2011 This turned out really nice!! Reply Kayla March 23, 2011 This turned out really nice!! Reply lauren @ WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL March 23, 2011 ABSOLUTLY BEAUTIFUL.. IM PUTTING THIS ON MY SPRING TO DO LIST. DID YOU STAIN ANY OF THE PIECES? Reply Lovely Crafty Home March 23, 2011 Nope, I left it completely unfinished. You could put a clear coat on it though for protection if you wanted. Reply Andrea March 23, 2011 This is awesome! I would love to try this out. You are very talented, girl! Reply Christine B March 23, 2011 Ummm LOVE IT! I’ve been trying to come up with a way to create a cool diy clock and i think I could def. borrow from your idea. How much did you spend on the woods? Reply Lovely Crafty Home March 23, 2011 The shims were $1.35/pack here and I used 17. I think it would make an awesome clock! Be sure to link up here when you’re done so I can see! Reply April March 23, 2011 OMG! I totally love that! I never would have thought of using shims for something so creative! BEAUTIFUL! Reply Cara March 27, 2011 This is so NEAT! I’ve also been wanting to make a sunburst mirror. This is such a great technique! I love the way yours turned out. Reply Kassi @ Truly Lovely March 28, 2011 I really like the size of this mirror! Not too big, but big enough to make a statement! Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays Rachael! Reply Woah, That’s GREEN. May 31, 2011 […] back when I shared the guest room makeover (including a capiz chandelier, drop cloth bed skirt, wood shim mirror, and stained paper […] Reply 10 Ideas for: DIY Mirrors January 11, 2012 […] been thinking about adding a few more mirrors to our house, and having already created a wood shim mirror, I’m pretty confident I can find other neat ones to DIY. Here are some of the ones I found […] Reply 10 Ideas for: DIY Mirrors January 11, 2012 […] been thinking about adding a few more mirrors to our house, and having already created a wood shim mirror, I’m pretty confident I can find other neat ones to DIY. Here are some of the ones I found […] Reply Amy Keogh September 14, 2013 This is my favorite sunburst mirror in blogland so far! You make it sound so diy do-able. What size is the mirror and thanks for the inspiration! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. CAPTCHA Code * Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.