If you remember back a little bit I asked y’all about what I should do with the empty space above my window. Some said patterned valence but most said colorful sunburst mirror.
Here’s what I came up with!
How to Make a Twine Sunburst Mirror
I found this idea and directions in Country Living Magazine’s July/August 2014 issue. You can also find the article through their Pinterest link HERE.
I deviated from their directions only slightly and will point it out along the way.
- large piece of construction paper
- ruler/yard stick
- 32 small nails
- circular mirror (found at crafts store or in the candle section at the Dollar Store)
- and a refreshing beverage (optional) 😉
- measure the space where you want the sunburst mirror. Above my window was 14″ so I decided I wanted a 13″ Sunburst. (Country Living’s directions don’t use the construction paper. I did so that I wouldn’t need to stand up on a chair measuring and drawing the entire time. check out their article to decide what will work for you!)
- Cut your construction paper into a square (mine was 13″ by 13″) and trace the mirror in the center.
- divide the circle into 16 equal parts. Number the points where the lines meet the circle 1-16 moving clockwise.
- At point 1 measure X inches and mark it. At point 2 measure X-2″ and mark it. Continue this pattern around the circle. (My measurements were, point 1: 12″, Point 2: 10″. Adjust according to how big or small you want your sunburst to be.)
- Label the outer points 17-32 going clockwise. (I drew the outline of a sunburst so you can kinda see where this is going.)
- Cut along line 17, 21, 25, and 29 almost to the center, DON’T CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH, leave the four sections connected in the center. This will make the last step easier.
- Position and hang your paper on the wall using tape. Then hammer a nail in to each of the 32 points. Leave about a quarter inch of nail sticking out of the wall. (below you can see how I cut the paper into four sections.)
Wrap the twine around the nails, beginning with a knot at the starting nail and ending with a knot and cutting the twine at the last nail. Start at nail 25, wrap around nails 11, 29, 15, 17, 3, 21, and 7, ending at 25. Start at nail 26, wrap the twine around nails 12, 30, 16, 18, 4, 22, and 8, ending at 26. Start at nail 27, wrap the twine around nails 13, 31, 1, 19, 5, 23, and 9, ending at 27. Start at nail 28, wrap the twine around nails 14, 32, 2, 20, 6, 24, 10, ending at 28.
Next, start at nail 25 and wrap the twine around nails 9, 26, 10, 27, and 11. Continue this pattern, alternating between the inner and outer nails in a clockwise direction, until you make it back to 25. Without cutting the string, skip nail 9 and wrap it around nails 10, 26, 11, and 27, continuing the same alternating pattern until you make it back to nail 10. Finally, moving clockwise, wrap the twine around each inner nail in a clockwise direction until the circle is complete at nail.
- Now tear away the construction paper! This is where those four cuts you made come in handy.
- Place picture hanging Command Strips on to the back of your mirror and hang in the center of your sunburst using the package’s instructions. I left a little bit of the tab hanging over the edge so that i could remove the mirror from the wall more easily when we move out of our apartment.
And you’re done!
I love how this design brings a pop of color to the top of my curtains drawing the eye upwards. Now all that is left with the curtains is to add a ruffle to the bottom.
If you are squeamish about putting 32 nail holes into your walls, you can imitate Country Living and make this Sunburst mirror on a thin board and then lean it against the wall. You could paint the board any color you wanted and then you would never have to take all your hard work apart when you move or change your decorating mind. Hmmm, maybe that’s what I should have done…