DIY Room Decor: How To Make a Starburst Mirror

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Using an unlikely material, Ashley created a starburst mirror that's out of this world. You'll never guess what made those stellar rays!

Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 2 hours
Project Cost: Under $10

What You Need

Materials

  • Old window blinds (a mirror this size requires approximately 5 sets of blinds)
  • Plywood (or other wood)
  • Hot glue / glue gun
  • Spray paint
  • Mirror
  • Picture hanging hardware

Tools

  • Jigsaw
  • Bolt cutters

Instructions

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1. Take the blinds down and cut all the threads out. Wash the blinds with warm soapy water and lay on a towel to dry.

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2. Pair off the blinds stack the two blinds so that they curve in on each other (it resembles a oval).

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3. Experiment and see what you like. What worked well for me was five pairs (a pair being an oval from the last step) bunched together. Duct tape the bunch together into a fan. Keep doing that with all the blinds.

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4. Next, use three sets to create a larger fan. Duct tape all three together. Use bolt cutters to cut off the extra pieces beyond the duct tape (the tighter you get the duct tape, the more the blinds look like a fan).

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5. Add your mirror to see how many different sets of fans you will need.

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6. Using the mirror as a template, draw a circle on the plywood. Then use a jigsaw to cut the circle out.

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7. Using a hot glue gun, start gluing all the pieces onto the plywood. Glue liberally, and after it dries, check to see if individual pieces need more glue. When secure, give it a few coats of white spray paint.

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8. Attach the mirror on the top using hot glue. Attach picture hangers on the back (directly on the plywood) to hang it on the wall.

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Thanks, Ashley! Check out her blog for more projects and DIY ideas.

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(Image credits: Bigger than the Three of Us)

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