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Upcycled DIY Sunburst Mirror

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¬†As a part of updating Greyson’s big boy room, we took down the blinds and replaced them with roman shades. The blinds had been installed for quite some time, but the way they were installed you couldn’t get the double-paned windows in or out. So, it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter in his room. We fixed that, but that left us with three sets of old blinds. They sparked a crazy idea… make a sunburst mirror. I’m happy to say that I love this little project. At just over $6 its a steal for how much of an impact it makes.

How to make a sunburst mirror under $10

I’ll give you a step-by-step tutorial if you want to try it yourself.

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.
How to make a starburst mirror out of blinds

2. Stack the blinds by two and make the stacks so that the blinds curve in on each other (it resembles a oval).
double blinds up to create depth

3. Experiment and see what you like. What worked well for me was 5 pairs (at pair being an oval from step 2) bunched together. Duct tape the bunch together into a fan. Keep doing that with all the blinds.

using blinds to create fans

4. At this point, use three sets (like the above left picture) 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.

Bolt cutters to cut excess off

5. Add your mirror to see how many different sets of fans you will need. *At this point, I had already used the three sets of blinds that I had started with. We actually had a blue set that wasn’t being used in the basement, so I used those as well. Then, I realized that I needed one more set. I went to Habitat Restore and picked up another set for $1.50.

start arranging your starbursts

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

Using a jigsaw to cut plywood for mirror base

circle cut plywood for mirror base

7. Using a hot glue gun, start gluing all the pieces on to the plywood. *I used lots of hot glue to apply the pieces and then I came back after 20 min and wiggled each individual piece. If it wiggled then I added additional hot glue under that piece. Once I had all of the blind pieces attached, I gave it a few coats of white spray paint.

using blinds as pieces of an upcycled mirror

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

Big mirror over bed on wall in master bedroom

Do it yourself mirror

Close up of DIY mirror

I’m in love with the outcome of this project. Sunburst mirrors are all over Pinterest using wood shims and paint sticks (and I love all of those), but I really like the fact that I was able to come up with something that I had on hand. The blinds would have ended up in the trash, yet we now have a pretty cool decor item out of them.

You can use this tutorial to create your own (sticks, shims, painter sticks, blinds, etc.).

Cost breakdown:

4 Old sets of Blinds (already owned) $0

1 old set of blinds (Habitat Restore) $1.50

Can of Spray Paint $3.20

Plywood (already owned)

Hot glue (already owned)

Mirror (JoAnn’s) $1.60

Total $6.30

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18 Comments on Upcycled DIY Sunburst Mirror

    • Ashley Mayes
      January 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks Julia!

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  1. Charlotte @couldntkeepit2myself
    January 3, 2014 at 9:21 am (11 months ago)

    This really turned out so neat! Love it above the bed too. Now I’m kind of sad about all the old blinds I know I’ve thrown away!

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    • Ashley Mayes
      January 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm (11 months ago)

      I know, right? Although, I know I’ve seen blinds for free at garage sales.

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  2. Carrie
    January 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm (11 months ago)

    This is genius! What a great use for old blinds!

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    • Ashley Mayes
      January 7, 2014 at 7:48 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks Carrie!

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    • Ashley Mayes
      January 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks Christi! I completely forgot about meeting up with you over New Years! Sometime soon, k?

      Reply
  3. Maria
    January 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm (11 months ago)

    Oh wow this is so clever!!!! The mirror looks beautiful, you did an awesome job with it! So creative!!!!

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    • Ashley Mayes
      January 10, 2014 at 7:48 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks Maria!

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    • Ashley Mayes
      January 18, 2014 at 7:54 am (10 months ago)

      Thanks Courtney! I’ll stop by to check it out. Thanks again!

      Reply
  4. Allie
    January 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm (10 months ago)

    Wow, so genius, and it looks amazing. Good job!

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    • Ashley Mayes
      January 18, 2014 at 7:54 am (10 months ago)

      Thanks Allie!

      Reply
  5. Carrie This Home
    January 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm (10 months ago)

    I never would have guessed this was made out of an old set of blinds! It turned out fabulous! I would LOVE it if you’d link this up to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Our readers love to see frugal and awesome transformations like this!

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    • Ashley Mayes
      January 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks Carrie! Coming over now. =)

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      • Carrie This Home
        January 31, 2014 at 9:39 am (10 months ago)

        Thanks so much Ashley! I’ll be featuring this post when our next party goes live Sunday night at 8PM Central time. Thanks so much for joining us!

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        • Ashley Mayes
          January 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm (10 months ago)

          Thanks Carrie!

          Reply

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