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Monday, June 27, 2011

{DIY} Convex Sunburst Mirror

Hello friends! Now that Babygirl's Room is complete, I am free to move on to new projects. Well, I've been doing other projects all along, but always felt guilty about it since her room sat undone. No more!

DIY Sunburst Mirrors are all over the blogs, and all fabulous. I knew I'd create one, but hadn't decided which style until I spotted this one at J and J Home! I instantly bookmarked it and knew it would be mine!


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I followed her tutorial for the most part, but of course had to muck it up change things a little. The supplies are simple, 2 floral rings and 2 packs of wood shims. And a pile of glue sticks.

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Start by placing a layer of shims around the perimeter of the rings, playing with the spacing to see what you like best. Then hot glue the thin end of each shim to both rings. (Shims are tapered at one end.) 

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I was working in my craft room the corner of my bedroom, to be close to a plug and The Real Housewives of Orange County. For the next step, I got so distracted by those hot messes that I forgot to place the next layer of shims closer to the middle.

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I guess this would have been fine, but I wanted a lot of depth to my mirror, so each layer needed to be shorter than the one below it. And if you're questioning how strong hot glue will hold this project...um, I'm here to vouch for it.

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So I ripped off that layer of shims, then glued them again closer to the middle so the ends wouldn't be even.

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And again with another layer, just filling in the gaps as you work around the circle. Pause to watch Tamara throw wine in What's-Her-Name's face, and cross your fingers someone's hair weave comes off.

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I tried to keep each layer about the same height so I'd have a fairly even surface to attach the mirror. Then I took it outside and gave it a quick shot of water-based polyacrylic. The finished size is 40-inches in diameter...so no dainty thing!


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I decided I wanted to add some style to my backyard and hang it out there. Which meant I needed an acrylic mirror, and I also had my sights set on a convex one. You wouldn't think it, but those are pretty hard to find. I finally settled on this mirror, intended for security purposes. It came with a fair amount of hardware mounted on the back (TWSS), but Mr. Sugarplum easily dismantled it and I glued the mirror to the front of the frame with Gorilla Glue Epoxy. After 24-hours of books sitting on top of it, up she went!

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I didn't add any hooks to the back, it hangs directly on a large nail from the floral ring. I love how the convex mirror adds more dimension to it. And I don't have to worry about it shattering outside. Although, we've had several nights of thunderstorms, and days of high-temps, and it hasn't budged.

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It was tough to not spray paint it a vibrant color, but for now I love the natural wood. And it complements our new fence.


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What do you think? Have you DIY'ed a Sunburst Mirror? Feel free to link it in the comments to share. And check out my Project Gallery for tons more DIY Projects!

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And I can't even believe it, but two FABULOUS blogs are featuring Babygirl's Room today!

Cassity at Remodelaholic has been a great blogger friend to me for a long while, and always so supportive. I'm thrilled to be featured today! Hop over to see all the amazing projects she does herself, and the best collection of projects other bloggers have to offer!





And House of Turquoise needs no introduction from me! I have Erin's fabulous blog to thank for oodles of inspiration behind the color choices in Babygirl's Room. Erin publishes a Turquoise Lover's dream. And have you seen her wedding photos?! Straight out of Vogue meets Martha Stewart Weddings!


Thank you so much, ladies!!! I'm super flattered. Babygirl is getting the big head.

70 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Pinning this--I have just the outdoor spot for one of these. Wanna make me one since you're so good at it now? :)

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  2. Awesome! I need outdoor hangings, this looks fab!

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  3. oh great, now I want one and its all your fault ;) looks fab dahling xoxo shel

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  4. LOOOOVE this, yours looks FABulous!!! i also made one a couple months back here is the link
    http://keepinitthriftyandrea.blogspot.com/2010/11/sunburst-mirror.html

    XOXO Andrea

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  5. Absolutely fabulous Cassie! I love it! The convex mirror is great too. Nice. I think I may have to pin this... :)

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  6. I admit that I am not a good DIY'er, but I want to go to Home Depot right now! That is too cute! Congrats on the features!

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  7. Another amazing DIY- well done lady- love love it!!!

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  8. Seriously though is there anything you can't DIY! This was an awesome tutorial and project!

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  9. Great job Cassie! You've done it again!! Is there anything you can't do with a glue gun??

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  10. It came out great! I love the concave mirror and I love that you hung it outside. Thanks for linking back. XO

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  11. oh, it looks excellent! I'm planning on making one for my sister this summer, I hope it comes out as well.

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  12. I need an outdoor piece of art for our patio as well . . .hmmm. Love. Congrats on the features!

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  13. Awesome project! This looks great outside...love the whole set-up with the chaise lounges too! :)

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  14. I may totally steal this one sister....awesome job

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  15. WOW WOW WOW!!! It's gorgeous!!!! I love the convex mirror and how it looks out by your pool. Perfection!!! My sister made one for her guest room. I just love all the different takes on the same type of mirror. And, I'm totally addicted to the housewives shows. I actually saw Don & Vicki at a local hotel down here in Laguna Beach. Don waved to me and I blushed. SO lame! Ha ha!!!

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  16. Wow, that is GORGEOUS! The wood looks wonderful in your backyard - great job!

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  17. It looks ah-mazing! What a great idea to hand it outside...never would have thought of that one! I've been wanting to try my own version of this mirror....

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  18. Looks great! I made the SAME (well, with some improvising) mirror this weekend! I can't decide if I want to paint it though...decisions, decisions...

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  19. I cracked up when I opened your blog and saw my...well your mirror. I finished mine this weekend after seeing it at the "The Lettered Cottage". I have it hanging in my screened porch. My first attempt also was a major fail. I used liquid nails, instead of hot glue, and after drying overnight, I picked it up and it fell apart. Tried again and I love it...not so sure hubby does...but I do. I love all of the great ideas coming from blogland. Yours is prettier than mine. ;~)

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  20. That looks fantastic! The woodsy chic feel is perfect outdoors. I want one of those in my yard but afraid to test it out!!

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  21. This is so perfect for the outdoors and easy peasy! That is definitely a requirement for any project that I *might* decide to attempt! (c: It looks fan-freakin'-tastic! And congrats on the features, I already checked them out today...well deserved my dear Cassie!

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  22. Amazing job!! I love that you're using it outside in your gorgeous yard, it looks perfect there. Also enjoyed the Baby's room, simply beautiful :)

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  23. Love your version and hanging it outside is such a great idea. I might have to get my hot glue gun out tonight.

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  24. I'm drooling over here. It's so good. You could seriously make them and sell these for megabucks. I'd buy:)

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  25. Heart heart heart heart heart. Keep it natural wood! No trigger finger! (doing the slow clap for you, great job!)

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  26. Wow, that is awesome. I need you to make me one for our patio now!! Great job girl. I'm gonna try and pin it...wish me luck.

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  27. Looks amazing! As always your projects never disappoint! I am thinking one of these babies would look great on my screened in porch!

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  28. This is too cute! I never thought about using wood shims before. I've been debating trying to make one for a while now! The Housewives distract me too!

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  29. It looks great, Cassie! A wonderful piece of art for your backyard. I love it! Congratulations on your features!

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  30. You are seriously amazing! I love it and it's so perfect in your back yard.

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  31. This turned out Awesome! I love that you used a convex mirror too- I'd love one for my backyard too!

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  32. Dang girl! That looks awesome! Where do I place my order for one? :)

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  33. TWSS - HA! - gets me every time :) Love it - looks great outside! Congrats on the features!

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  34. Love this project and this post had me cracking up,thank you for the morning laugh!

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  35. I love it!! This looks like a fairly easy project--thanks so much for sharing!

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  36. I haven't yet done one, but Oh it is definitely on my list of dyis I just moved to a new place so I got lots of ideas to come up with and this is one! Thanks for the inspiration I love everything about it!

    xoxo
    Caterine
    730design.blogspot.com

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  37. haha, I have to craft on my closet floor!

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  38. Over here from HOH ..that sunburst mirror is the most amazing one i have seen thus far. I love it!

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  39. That is one of the best sunburst mirror I've seen...I would love to do one for my back deck area...Where did you find the mirror???

    New follower from HOH...Would love for you to stop by when you get a chance...

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  40. Congrats on the features, and LOVE the mirror!

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  41. Adorbz. You are my idol, my american idol. Wait, I have no idea if you're american.

    http://etsystalkers.blogspot.com/

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  42. girl!!! that is awesome!! you make it look so easy-i've tried those mirrors before (with the dang wooden skewers) and it was a hot mess! maybe I'll try again with the shims. It looks lovely in your back yard!!

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  43. It goes really good in your yard by the pool. It looks simple enough, so I'm going to give it a try. I'm going to leave mine just the natural wood also. Thanks for sharing this.

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  44. Saw you on Just A Girl....had to come by. I love these mirrors, think I'll have to take a trip to the store today, and make one, very soon!!

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  45. Oooh - very pretty! I hadn't seen one like this before. I absolutely love it! The dimensions and texture are fabulous!

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  46. Love this idea! Great job!!

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  47. This is beautiful! I'm going to have to get the nerve to build one...where to put it since it is so big :) Thanks for sharing

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  48. WOW! This is awesome and if I may, I will make this project too. Thank you for the idea. You did great and it looks absolutely perfect in your back yard.

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  49. I love that! That is a really great idea for outside.

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  50. Really cool and an awesome idea for outside!

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  51. This is awesome! I'm totally planning on making one myself. And nice choice on the convex mirror :)

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  52. I copied your starburst mirror for the pinterest challenge today. I thought you might like to see it. Thanks for the inspiration.
    http://everything-in-focus.blogspot.com/2011/08/pinterest-challenge.html

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  53. Amazing! It looks so perfect hanging outside :)

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  54. This turned out so beautiful! I'm dying to make one now! I love the shape of the context mirror, it would look perfect in my dining room! :)

    xo Catharine @ Your Modern Couple

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  55. Where did you find the wreath forms? I've tried Michael's, Wal Mart, JoAnn, and Hobby Lobby to no avail. Please help!

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  56. Anonymous -- I found my forms at Michaels, but they do sell out frequently and I had to go back twice before I was able to get both sides. Just keep checking!

    Good luck!
    xo Cassie

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  57. Cassie - thank you! I'll keep trying 'cause this is too pretty not to make. :)

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  58. Great project! I found your blog through pinterest the other day and came accross it again through younghouselove.com. I just can't get enough of it - LOL!

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  59. Wow! This is seriously inspiring. I tried to make one of these and failed miserably about a month ago. I'm ready to try again thanks to this post! Love the blog, btw. :)

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  60. Love it!!! I've pinned this idea and seriously need to make one, because I drool every time someone else makes one. Yours looks fabulous!!! :)

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  61. Great idea! I hope you don't mind I referred to your tutorial on my blog. I loved it so much I had to make one for my entryway.

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  62. I love your mirror Cassidy! I really like the size of it. Convex mirrors are cool the way that bounce reflections and light all over the place.

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  63. Hi! Thanks so much for this idea. My hubby and I grabbed all the stuff today from Home Depot and Michael's and the same site as you got your mirror from. (We were hoping Pepboys would have 12" mirror - no such luck.) I've already got the gluing done. I think I'll spray it with a stain/varnish mix a couple times. I'll try to link a pic when it's finished, but I'm not the most computer literate. Thanks again. I love your site. :-)

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    1. Yay!!! Have fun making it...and I'd love to see when you're done!!

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  64. Hi. Your beautiful patio really inspired me to get mine in order. After wresting away my patio furniture from my young jedis (using furniture as the bridge on the deathstar) things are looking up. The finishing touch is this lovely mirror. I am half way through this project and looking forward to showcasing it. Thanks so much for posting on the details. The only problem is hubs is not particularly handy and we cannot figure out how to get the back off the mirror. I was able to unscrew part but the studs aren't budging on the black plate. Are you able to tell me how you did it?

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Your comments are like crack, or popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. And unfortunately, because of insane amounts of spam, I've had to disable Anonymous comments for awhile. I just didn't need any more information on penis enlargements! But you can always email me! xoxo, cass

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