Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DIY Sunburst Clothespin Mirror


I'm excited to show you how I used a few dollars' worth of materials and a few minutes' time to create a sunburst mirror for my laundry room.  I had a nice mirror here once upon a time, but I ended up using it in my guest room. So the area over the sink has been nekkid for awhile--until today!


Inspired by all the sunburst mirrors I've seen lately, I decided to try to make one for myself.  Dollar Tree was my source for materials. I purchased a large glass plate, three packs of clothespins, and a small round mirror (actually a candle base). I already had a small glass plate on hand.



First I clipped clothespins all around the small plate.


Then I hot-glued my mirror right in the middle of the clothespins.


Next I clipped clothespins all around the circumference of the large plate. Then I flipped the large plate over and glued a "hanger" (actually the pop-top from a canned soda) onto the back. Very fancy. Note: The finished project will be heavy, so the hanger needs to be adhered with strong glue. I started with hot glue, but went back later and glued it with Gorilla Glue.  Hot glue was not strong enough to hold the hanger for this project.


When everything was dry, I hot-glued the small plate right on top of the large plate.


A close-up shot:


And a larger shot to show you a bit more of my laundry room. This is a small room, so the decor is bright and cheerful. Now if I could just get all those folded clothes put away!


Total cost: $5 plus a couple of glue sticks and a small glass plate from my party cupboard
Total time: 30 minutes, maybe? Less than it took me to take photos and write this post!

Check out the other quick, easy projects at Melissa's Under $10, Under 1 hour party!

I'm also sharing this for Show and Tell at Be Different, Act Normal.

**And please join me for my new party, Grace at Home. Click here to read about all about it!


25 comments:

  1. Yup. That's a little bit of brilliance right there! Great job!

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  2. Excellent idea! Love it! I think a clock in the middle would be cute too. Might have to hit the dollar tree soon!

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  3. Perfect for a laundry room! Can I steal this idea? (-:

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  4. What a whimsical and creative mirror! It's perfect for the laundry room!

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  5. Yours turned out great. I like the idea of clipping the clothespins to a plate. I made one to hang above the changing table in my daughter's room.
    http://www.colortransformedfamily.com/2011/11/30/bursting-with-pink/

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  6. This is so clever and cute! Perfect for a laundry room.

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  7. Did you know that Centsational Girl pinned this on Pinterest??? That is HUGE girl!!! I love love love love this project and am going to create one just like it for my laundry closet!! So glad I found your awesome blog!

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  8. So cute and sooo clever. Perfect for the laundry room.

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  9. This is adorable! I have it pinned in my laundry room inspiration board! Can't wait to have fun with a bunch of clothespins!!

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  10. Oooo---very nice!!! Great photos too. I love it, Richella. :)

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  11. Love the idea of using clothespins, Richella! Great project and it works so well in this room!

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  12. Great idea! I love the clothespins for the laundry room--brilliant!

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  13. I really like that project Richella...and it looks so good in your cute laundry room! (Myra always has some great ideas...don't ya just love her?!)

    Of course I love you too..and your blog!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

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  14. I've seen this project & have been wanting to try it in our laundry room too. Love it! :-)

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  15. How adorable! And so perfect for a laundry room!

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  16. Girl, this is CUTE!!! Makes me wish even more that I had a laundry room. {I have a teensy laundry closet.} And I love projects that only involve glue. : ) Glue, I can do.

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  17. This is so cute and creative! I love it and your cheery laundry room.

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  18. I have been wanting to make one of these, Richella. It looks perfect in your laundry room..you can touch up your lipstick while you're doing laundry!! ;) xo

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  19. Hi,

    I just did a "mini-makeover" of my laundry room involving paint, a new rug, and some much needed reorg. So now I need some decor and this is cheap and adorable, two of my favorite things! My question is...could you use round cardboard instead of plates? It would be lighter and might save me $2 on glass plates. Thanks again for the idea!

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  20. I would imagine that you could use cardboard instead of plates for this project. I liked the clear plates because they sort of disappear between the clothespins. But you could use heavy-duty cardboard, cut them into circles of whatever size you like, and if you painted the circles the same color as your walls they really would "disappear," wouldn't they? Just make sure the cardboard is stiff and heavy enough to hold the clothespins and support the weight of the mirror. I'd love to know if you try this--the whole project would be so inexpensive! Good luck! :)

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  21. Hi again,

    I finished my clothespin sunburst mirror and it's officially hanging in my "new and improved" (but has a long way to go) laundry room! Thanks to your inspiration I completed this project in 1-2 hours max. I used cardboard for the smaller "plate" and foamcore for the larger one and it worked great. It's fairly light and hung easily with my pop can tab. It really adds a nice touch to a normally forgotten room. Thanks again for the great idea!

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  22. Hi! I found you on Pinterest and had to make one of these darling mirrors! Thanks for the great tutorial and idea! Just wanted you to know that I linked to your tute from my blog...http://mountainmagpie.blogspot.com/2013/04/diy-clothespin-sunburst-mirror.html

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  23. I have to do this! Thank you.

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