Jun 21, 2011

Super CHEAP Starburst...LBR Style



That's right...I am jumping in on the Starburst action with an el-cheapo version similar to that of the Nesting Place seen HERE. I came across her post a while back and decided it would be perfect for the Ikea FIGGJO mirror I picked up a while back. The main mirror has a bunch of little mirrors surrounding it...of course, this particular version was missing one of the little mirrors hence the $1 price tag. I couldn't be happier when I snatched it up and brought it home. I even put it up on the wall for a week or two until I could figure out a plan for it....



Just plain sad...

I know I am going to make a larger more rustic starburst for over the mantle with the big mirror but I was wondering what I could do with it's tiny offspring...enter the tiny little starburst mobiles. I popped one tiny mirror off the end and got to work. Here is the step by step process to make your very own...

DIY Paper Starburst Mirror

Step 1. Trace out your 3 different size leaf templates. I used yellow card stock so I could easily differentiate between my template and my usable leaves. This came in super handy when I was tracing a whole boat load!


Step 2. Trace and cut, trace and cut, trace and cut...

I spent about 15 minutes cutting out little rays from old card stock I had lying about. I suppose if you were only doing one mirror it would take you much less time but I was in pure production mode to get all nine mirrors set up with their leaves...





Step 3. Tape or glue the rays to your mirror...

Despite my having 10 different types of tape I have 0 types of glue so I went with clear wrapping paper tape to secure each leaf to the back of the mirror.

I went slowly working my way around the mirror starting with 4 tiny leaves...then the 4 medium leaves...and moving on to the last 8 large leaves...well, they weren't large by any means but for this project they were the daddy which, in turn, makes them the largest!








Hmmm...it looked nice but I decided to add 8 more large leaves to the back to give it a little more oomph...


Better!

Since I pulled this mirror off the weird Ikea atmosphere thingy it had a little hole that I could string a clear fishing wire through. I first strung a bead on the end to make sure the wire would stay put when strung through. Now I can hang this baby from the ceiling or cut the wire off and tape it to the wall.

I also thought to an additional mirror (and a few extra small rays) to the backside so when it spins you would have a mirror on both sides.


See how the folds go the opposite way?

I have yet to find a permanent home for my little starburst ( or flower?) but I am in the process of trying out different locations till it fits perfectly and looks juuuusssstttt riiiggghhhttt. Here she is in full Goldilocks mode...

Mirror on a Mirror
Above My Office Daybed...AKA The Reading Nook
On the Back of a Door
A Sweet Little Detail for Our Bedroom

Total Cost - $1


  • $1 for the mirror...but technically the mirror has 11 little mirrors and the big mirror so it is really just a fraction of the cost!
  • Card stock - already had
  • Tape - already had
** The cost of the mirror at Ikea is $19.99 and comes with 12 little mirrors and 1 large mirror. Still not bad if you buy it whole!**



What did you guys create today? Anything extra special or any pirated ideas like mine?? Feel free to leave a comment with your latest and greatest and make sure to add a link so I can come check it out!!


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