I've been wanting make a starburst mirror since I moved in to our new house last summer. I have a small living room/dining room so I've been wanting to hang a mirror to add a little more depth and this is a cool way to do it.
I was keeping my eyes open over the last few months for a cheap mirror and I finally found one at Value Village (originally from Ikea) for a whopping $7.99. I already had about half the dowels, some of which are bamboo bbq skewers, and I got the rest of the dowels in the craft section of the dollar store where I also picked up some extra glue gun sticks. In total, I spent about $16 on this project. The biggest expense was probably elbow grease.
So that was the not-so-fun part of the project. After that, I cleaned off the mirror, placed it glass-side down and organized the dowels by size to get an even distribution. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I found the centre of the mirror to make sure the dowels would all be glued on the right angle and I also drew a circle about an inch from the edge to ensure the lengths were consistent.
I'm not sure how many I used in total but it was roughly 170, and it took me about two hours to glue them all down.
This part was long and fairly tedious since I had to hold down each piece after gluing to ensure it didn't dry crooked. (I should note that every part of this project is long and tedious but the final results are pretty great.)
The last fairly difficult part of the project was hanging it on the wall. The whole thing is rather large, about 3.5 feet across, and the dowels are pretty flimsy so you need long arms and skinny fingers, at least that was the case with me. I finally managed to reach the hook after breaking only two dowels (easily fixable) and this is the final result!
I'm pretty proud of this one. For now the dowels are still bare but I might stain or paint them when the weather warms up enough to work outside. And someday if/when I get tired of this look, I can easily remove all the dowels and do something new with the mirror.