February 16, 2012

How To: Bamboo Sunburst Mirror

When I envisioned what I wanted my bedroom to look like for The One Room Challenge, I knew I wanted to keep with the tropical theme, but I wanted it to still be slightly modern.  I have always loved the texture of bamboo and have used it in my house for a long time.  After looking at couple of sunburst mirrors on Pinterest I decided that I wanted to make one out of bamboo.  Modern meets tropical!


Like most of my DIY projects I really don't have a plan before I begin.  Just a have an overall finished vision and vague idea of how I am going to do it!


Materials needed:
Bamboo 
{again I wish I could tell you how much I used, but I bought my here and think 3 bunches would do}
5" mirror
5" needlepoint loop
Cardboard cut to 5" or 5" wood disk
{upon second thought, I used both}
Miter box
Hand saw
Spray Paint in color of choice
Hot glue gun and sticks
Saw tooth hanger


I first started out by laying out a pattern I thought I would like.  I sort of wanted the pattern to be long, then medium, then short and back to medium.  




Once the pattern was laid out I cut all of the exposed ends to a 45 degree angle.  I then measured and cut to the right size.


This is what it looked like.  And I didn't like it!  I wanted it to be more bulky and have more rays.  At this point it was late and I was tired!


So the next morning with a clear head and a cup of coffee I laid out a new design on my kitchen table.


Instead of staggering the bamboo sticks I found I got more rays if I lined them up on the very edge of the cardboard disk.  I taped off a cross to better guide my center points.  Then I followed the pattern I originally wanted; long, medium, short, medium, long.  That pattern made 1/8 of the circle.  Typically I would cut all of my pieces and then glue them all down, but the bamboo was rolling all over the place, so I cut then glued one by one.


Next I sprayed the first color on the bottom.  I wanted there to be a little extra depth to the sunburst so I sprayed the bottom layer a matte gold and the top layer a bright gold.  




For the second layer I used all of the left over pieces from my nightstands.  I didn't really have a pattern in mind, but I wanted them to sort of be weaved into the bottom layer.  Nothing longer than the stick it was next to.  I attached the top layer to the needlepoint loop with hot glue.  **Note: I was just at hobby lobby {of course after I was finished with this project} and saw wood glue hot glue sticks!!  How great is that!  They also had sticks for fabric glue!!**


Then I sprayed the top layer in my shiny gold.



Originally I was just going to use the cardboard to as my base, but as I added the second layer I thought it needed a little bit more support.  So I found this 5" round disk at the craft store and hammered the saw tooth hanger on the back.  I used hot glue to glue it to the cardboard before I added the second layer of bamboo.  I also used hot glue to attach the top layer to the bottom.




















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15 comments:

Lauren said...

Thanks for the tutorial on this. I've been wanting to make a sunburst for awhile now, and I'm going to tuck your method away; it seems to have a bit more of a sturdier backing than others I've seen. Love the bamboo and the gold combo!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

This is probably my favorite diy version that I've seen! Love the look with the bamboo.

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

This came out fabulous!

Angeline said...

Pretty!

Amanda said...

yay! thanks for sharing this. I LOVE Save on Crafts-such good deals. Now I need to find a place for another sunburst mirror! I own 4 already!

domestiCate said...

Love love love! What a refreshing twist on this trend. The bamboo is genius!

Carly {a simple affair} said...

This has to be my favorite DIY version yet! Absolutely love it! xo

{Steph} said...

What a great idea for a sunburst mirror! I love it!

~Steph @ Silver Boxes

the cape on the corner said...

awesome! so unique, with the bamboo!

A Lived in Home said...

Loving this mirror! The gold bamboo is to die for! Great job!

Tiffany said...

I LOVE these! One of these days I'm going to sit down and make one. Yours turned out awesome with the bamboo. That's something I never thought about using for it.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Andi said...

It's a beautiful mirror and such a unique design. I love your idea for hanging it too. I have a charger that I've been wanting to hang on the wall but had no idea how to. I may steal your hanging design. :)

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cami said...

This is great!!!! Love the gold and the 45 degree angles!! ~Cami @fourjokersandaqueen.com