This post was originally shared with Kenarry:Ideas for the Home, but I was dying to share with you, my own readers! Here is my fun Coastal Sunburst Mirror:
I wanted to add a coastal feel to my summer mantel this year. Not quite ‘beachy’, but still with a nautical feel. And I needed a centerpiece – a focal point. Something large to hang over the mantel that would anchor the whole arrangement. Since I love sunburst mirrors, I decided to create one with a coastal vibe. That’s how this coastal sunburst mirror was born!
Coastal Sunburst Mirror
For this mirror, you will need:
- 1- ‘wispy’ natural wreath
- 1- dining charger
- 1- 12″ round craft mirror
- approx. 14 feet of rope
you will also need a glue gun, glue sticks and some twine.
To make the mirror:
You will assemble the mirror part of this project first and then attach it to the wispy wreath.
Before beginning to affix anything with glue, lay the charger on top of the wreath just to make sure that the size is large enough to fill up the inside of the wreath. Then, on a work surface, glue the mirror in the center of the front side of the charger with a small bead of glue. (That’s our crown molding reflected in the mirror!)
Next, attach the rope to the charger mirror. Because the rope is thick, and you want the look of concentric circles, you’re going to want to glue 4 separate lengths of rope to your charger. Before gluing, lay a piece of rope around the perimeter of the charger and cut to size. Flip the charger mirror over to the underside and run a thin bead of glue around the perimeter and glue the first length of rope to the outside edge of the charger.
You will also want all the joints of each section of rope to line up because you’re going to wrap the joints with lengths of twine. Flip the charger back on its right side.
This is the next step I would take if I did this again. I waited until the end to glue and ‘wrap’ the joints of the rope with twine (as shown in the following photos), but this is how I would recommend doing it:
Cut about 20 5-inch lengths of twine. Run a small bead of hot glue in a straight line just inside the front of the mirror’s edge. Glue the lengths of twine, jammed up side by side, underneath where the next joints of rope will be.
Begin to glue on your remaining lengths of rope (on top of the pieces of twine): Run another bead of glue near the first round of rope and glue the next one on (you may have to glue as you go and cut the rope when you see where it meets the other end – DO NOT OVERLAP ENDS OF ROPE). Continue until you have 4 rounds of rope (since you have one round kind of in the back, from the front of the mirror it will look more like 3 rounds).
If you glued down the twine already, you can just bring all those pieces tightly to around to the back of the charger and glue to the back. The way I did it was to glue the twine lengths to a thin piece of craft paper and slide it up under the 4th piece of rope, gluing it to the mirror, then wrapping it around to the back side of the charger. You can do it either way, just so long as the twine covers the joints of the rope circles.
You’re almost done! Now, all you have to do is position the mirror on top of your wreath and glue it down where it touches. Easy peasy! The wreath has a metal ring on the back that you can hang it from, so you don’t have to worry about attaching a hanger to your coastal sunburst mirror.
And there you are… a gorgeous sunburst mirror with a coastal feel! I used craft store coupons to purchase the more expensive elements of this design, and here is the cost breakdown:
- Wreath – 12.50 (reg 24.99 / 50% off)
- Mirror – 3.99
- Rope – 10.19 (reg. 16.99 / 40% off for a roll of 98 feet – enough for lots of projects!)
- already had the charger, twine, glue gun and sticks
I think it turned out great for a cost of about $26! And really, the cost is closer to $18, because it only takes about 1/7th of the roll of rope, or about 1.50 worth of rope – there is plenty left for more projects!
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Have a fantastic day and let me know what you think of the Coastal Sunburst Mirror! Have you ever made your own sunburst mirror? If so, how did you make yours?