Gooooooooood MORNING my friends! Beth here from Sawdust and Embryos… and as always, I’m overjoyed to be here! My husband and I have been working away at our twins’ big-girl room in preparation for the day they’re throwing themselves out of their crib. Seeing as they’re 2.5, that could happen any day.

Twin girls' room reveal {and chandelier tutorial}

So far, we’ve built and upholstered their mini fainting couch / toddler beds, stenciled the Herringbone Accent Wall, made simple DIY Roman Shades, and repurposed an end table into two sparkly/soft pendant chandeliers for above their beds. But today I’m going to show you how we made the vintage-esque starburst mirror you see below!

DIY Vintage-esque Starburst Mirror Tutorial {Sawdust & Embryos}

All I needed for this project was

  • a small round mirror
  • cardstock (two large sheets)
  • Gold spray paint
  • hot glue gun
  • E6000 adhesive

I started out by cutting the cardstock into a leafy shape. There’s really no science to it… just make sure they’re symmetrical by folding the first one in half when cutting. Then use it to trace the rest. I did 3 different sizes. I ended up with 14 large leaves, 7 medium, and 7 small. It wouldn’t hurt to have a few extra of each though.

DIY Vintage Starburst Mirror {Sawdust and Embryos}

I really wanted my leaves to have some dimension and curl up on the edges, so I used the butt of a butter knife and rolled it along the perimeter of each leaf in a rounded motion. The edges of the cardstock slowly break down and begin to curl up! I also gently creased each leaf down the center.

Make your own vintage-looking Starburst Mirror {Sawdust and Embryos}

Make your own vintage-looking starburst mirror! {Sawdust and Embryos}

I spread out my leaves on the garage floor and misted them with gold spray paint. I did several light coats until they were fully golden, and then flipped them over and did the backs too. The spray paint actually helped my ‘leaves’ to curl even more!

Make your own Starburst Mirror {Sawdust and Embryos} Make your own Startburst Mirror {Sawdust & Embryos}

I traced my mirror on a piece of 1/8” plywood, and again on a piece of corrugated cardboard. I cut out the wood circle with my scroll saw, and the cardboard pieces with scissors.

On my cardboard circle, I marked the center, and began gluing down each leaf with a hot glue gun. I recommend laying them out first and make marks on the cardboard to make sure you have the spacing right.

How to assemble your DIY STarburst Mirror! {Sawdust and Embryos}

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Then I flipped over my mirror so it’s facing up, and glued town the medium leaves next.

DIY Starburst Mirror Tutorial {Sawdust and Embryos} How to make your own Starburst Mirror! {Sawdust and Embryos}
DIY Starburst Mirror Tutorial {Sawdust & Embryos}

Now all that’s left is to affix the mirror and the wooden backing! I globbed on some E6000 glue to the wooden circle (after drilling a small hole for hanging) and pressed it in place. Then I flipped everything over and did the same to the mirror… minus the drilling part HA!

How to make your own Vintage-esque STarburst Mirror {Sawdust and Embryos}

After making sure that everything’s centered and where I wanted it, I set a full can of paint on it and left it overnight. This glue is pretty fumey, so no babies or pregnant mommy’s nearby! (picture me wagging my finger in your face )

Put something heavy on your DIY Starburst Mirror while the glue is drying {Sawdust and Embryos}

I was sooooo excited to hang this bad boy the next day! It’s pretty light, so I just pounded a tiny hole in the wall and popped it up! That dresser definitely needed something above it (without competing with the herringbone accent wall) and I feel that this is the perfect solution!

Before and After {Sawdust and Embryos}

Twins' Room Transformation! {DIY Roman Shade Tutorial} by Sawdust and Embryos

Twin girls' room reveal and chandelier tutorial {Sawdust and Embryos}

It’s amazing how such a simple thing can add the perfect finishing touch! We’re working on some super fun things for the other side of this room, so be sure to follow along (subscribe here!). And feel free to check out the tutorials for the other elements in this room. So much time and love has gone into it for our precious girls!

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DIY Roman Shades {Sawdust and Embryos} End Table Tulle Chandeliers {Sawdust and Embryos}

As always HUGE thanks to Brooke for letting us stop by and throw down a tutorial each month! Feel free to come on over to our blog Sawdust and Embryos and snoop around! We’ve got tons of tutorials and furniture transformations to get your creative juices flowing!.

Happy weekend one and all!

Bethany {Sawdust and Embryos}


  1. says

    What a great makeover, the whole room is really cool, but I have to say what is most impressive is that herringbone wall! So different and pretty, I love it! -Elyse Ashley


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