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Elevate your space with this beautiful DIY sunburst mirror. If you buy this in the store, it will probably cost you more than $100, which is a lot. So, why not make it instead with this wonderful tutorial by Actually Alli DIY on Youtube? Would you believe that it’s just made from popsicle sticks from Dollar Tree? I am really impressed at how this project turned out. Watch the video below for detailed instructions.
Take 4 popsicle sticks, these will be your templates. For the first one, cut the rounded end on the top, then cut at 4 1/2 inches for the second stick. For the third stick, cut 3 3/4 inches, then cut precisely in the middle for the last one. Label each template stick, then use sharp scissors to cut them in size.
Use the templates to mark where you are cutting the sticks. Cut 25 sticks for each of the templates.
Tape the two pieces of wood together, then trace the mirror to your board. Tie a string to a pushpin and tie the other end to a pencil. Place the pin in the middle and carefully draw the outer ring. Repeat to make the inner ring. Use a utility knife to carefully cut out the circles.
Stain all of the wood pieces and let them dry.
Use a Gorilla hot glue stick to attach the wooden sticks to the mirror. First, alternate between the two longest popsicle sticks going all the way around the wood circle cut out. Make sure the ends were right up next to each other where you glued them down and you angle them to create the sunburst look.
After the first layer, glue the remaining two sizes. Make sure to alternate them.
Take 10 popsicle sticks and glue them together. After that, assemble and glue them into a diamond formation to the center of the wood cut out.
Put E6000 industrial-strength glue around the outer edge of the mirror and each of the popsicle sticks. In between the E6000, put hot glue so that it will stick instantly to the wood sticks.
To attach the frame glue two pieces of scrap popsicle sticks to the back of each frame piece. Glue them on the wood outside of the mirror.