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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Make a Starburst Mirror from Recycled Magazines

I'm still loving all the gorgeous starburst mirrors out there! I liked the mid-century inspired mirror so much I decided I needed another.  It's such a classic form, I'm glad it's been seeing a revival in the last few years.  I especially like carved reeded mirrors, like this one from Layla Grayce.


At six hundred dollars, it is a little out of my reach, so I decided to make my own.   I wasn't quite sure how I would make it until I was bundling up a stack of old magazines to recycle.  Then the light bulb came on, and I created my own version of a carved and gilded mirror. I love how it turned out!


To make your own starburst mirror, start by tearing magazine pages into strips.  I used magazines with really good heavy paper.  Next, I just rolled the strips around a chopstick to create little narrow cones. Although I only used one thickness of paper at a time, if I were to do it again, I would double the paper strips before rolling to make the cones extra strong.  I wrapped a little painter's tape around the chopstick to keep the paper from slipping while I rolled it.  Secure each cone with glue.


Repeat the first step about two million times, then, using the wide end of your chopstick, push the wide open end of your little paper cones closed.  I pushed some a little more than others, so I would have about three different finished sizes to work with.


Keep pushing and folding the wide end in on itself until you get to the really strong part of the cone.


Glue groups of five to seven cones together to form the starburst rays.


 Glue a piece of recycled cardboard to the back of each group of cones.


Decide how you want to place the rays and glue them to a piece of cardboard. For my starburst, I stacked one group of cones on top of another to give the finished starburst greater depth.


Next, I took shorter single cones and glued them in the spaces between the rays.  I honestly think you could have a fantastic mirror at this point, if you just glued on a mirror.  The graphics on the magazine pages look really colorful and pretty.  I was on a mission, however, to create a gilded knock-off.


Prime, and paint your starburst as desired.  I used gesso as a primer, to give the project more strength and texture.  Glue your mirror to the cardboard and add a "frame" around the mirror if desired.  I used a thrifted woven belt, weaving the ends together to form a continuous circle.  I then filled in the gaps between the belt and the rays with joint compound, gessoed it and painted everything.


The back of the starburst was reinforced with additional cardboard and a hanger was added.


I REALLY like how it turned out!





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26 comments:

  1. That's so creative! I love how it turned out! Fantastic job!

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  2. Wow! It looks so cool! I don't know how you had the patience to see it through the end, though. I'm sure I'd have given up after the first 10 or 15 rolls.

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  3. Beautiful!....and I love to have something fiddly to do while watching TV - could this be another project for me?

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    1. Indeed! I am the same way-- must be doing something with my hands all the time.

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    2. Indeed! I am the same way-- must be doing something with my hands all the time.

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  4. What a great project! I hope you've submitted it to Knock Off Decor because I have a feeling this would definitely get featured! :)

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  5. I love your creativity! Great job - I'm inspired!

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  6. Gorgeous! This looks really intricate! I love sunburst mirrors and will never get "bored" with them. I have a "wall" of different sized sunburst mirrors in my foyer. I'm thinking of doing a really big one over my headboard but haven't come up with a good pattern yet. Your project is very inspiring!

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  7. I'm torn between painting it and leaving it in its original state. It looks good both ways! And I especially love how much $$$$ you saved!

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  8. Oh my goodness, look how crafty you are! Never in a million years would I have thought something like this up. I love it! I found you at Tip Junkie and I am a new follower! :)

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  9. I just happened to google making a starburst out of magazines. I was just watching Tabitha's Takover on Bravo and thought I spotted a starburst mirror made out of magazines in the background. I wanted to do something with all my recycled magazines as well as decorate my daughters room. Thanks for he instructions, I will have to let you know how it turned out.

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  10. Wow! This looks amazing! I just adore the way you used the magazines and the braiding to create the sunburst! I am your newest follower~
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  11. What a great idea! We'd love to include the sunburst mirror on CraftFoxes.com as a how-to. Interested? Feel free to email me at bethany@craftfoxes.com.

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  12. Amanda,

    Here from My Romantic Home, holy cow did this turn out good! I have made two of them (and want more!) but I love the idea of magazine pages, well done :)

    Hugs, Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  13. Wow. How the heck did you EVER think of that? Amazingly cool!

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  14. Just amazing! Thanks to this cool project & including a party link, you've been chosen as Craftastic Blog of the Week at Sew Can Do. Stop by to see your feature & your free week of advertising here: http://www.sewcando.com/2012/07/craftastic-monday-link-party-big-week.html

    And grab a Featured On button too. Thanks for linking over at Sew Can Do:)

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  15. This is just magnificent. I have a round mirror a large round mirror. I've wanted to do something with it a while now... I don't know if I could sit and do the paper work on this one! I'm just saying... Was this one night, a couple of nights... over a weekend? Cause Girl!!! You rock!

    I love it... Pat

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  16. This is just fabulous! What an amazing job! I've always loved sunburst mirrors but haven't been able to thrift one yet. Now, maybe I don't have to. What a great idea!

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  17. Gorgeous job on the mirror. I personally think its even nicer than the high-end expensive one!

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  18. whoa, now that's amazing! you'd never know what it was made from.

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  19. a million, doesn't seem like an exaggeration... I am sure I couldn't do this project!
    It turned out super, and I even like it with the magazine pages before painting. :)
    gail

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  20. I am dying over this...I will be making one or 20! I am a magazine hoarder! I am featuring this on Friday night on a HUGE tickled Pink feature wrap up

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  21. I made this Sunburst recently and it turned out so pretty thank you for inspiring. I added your link in my blog hope you don't mind. And if you're interested to see how it turned out here is the link
    http://deliciousanddiy.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/sunburst-mirror-diy/
    I would love to hear your thoughts :)

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