DIY Sunburst Mirror–From a Candle Holder!

Ever have an idea in your head of something you want but you can’t find it in the stores?  That happened to me and so I did what I love to do and I made a DIY Sunburst Mirror…from a candle holder!  DIY Sunburst Mirror from a Candle

That’s right, I made a sunburst mirror from a candle holder!  I am in as much love with this little mirror as I am with my DIY Chrysanthemum Clock from plastic spoons!  Isn’t she pretty?  Not only could I not find exactly what I was looking for but the ones I did fine, I refused to pay the hefty price tag on it!

Let me share how this story unfolds.  I am at Hobby Lobby.  I come across this guy right here:

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But he also carried this price tag right here:

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My goodness!  Even when the mirrors go 50% off I am still too cheap to spend $50 on it!  So I pouted a bit about it..as any normal adult would do, mumbled under my breath sulking like a champ and continued to meander through the store.  I took a chance turn down the candle holder aisle to dodge a huge pallet jack of boxes and that’s when I came across this guy right here:

Candle Holder

This cute little candle holder.  The prongs on this guy reminded me of the sunbursts on that clock and BAM!  My cart came to a screeching halt, I pulled a u-ey and booked my rear end to the aisle with all the little mirrors!  I picked up a large one (about 7”) for the center and a few bags of assorted smaller sized mirrors!  Sometimes ideas just hit me like that and if you ask me, I’ll tell you that I actually hear the word “BAM” when it does!  :)

How to Make a DIY Sunburst Mirror:

Sunburst Mirror Supplies

Supplies Needed:

  • Prongy candle holder from Hobby Lobby (the large size)
  • Large mirrors (7” – came in a 2 pack)
  • 2 packages of assorted sized small round mirrors
  • Strong adhesive
  • hot glue/glue gun (not pictured)
  • 3M Velcro Frame holder/adhesive strips (not pictured)

To start out, I just bent the prongs flat on my candle.

Flattened Candle holder
Next place your large mirror centered over the center part of the candle holder for reference.  We will adhere it later.  I used hot glue to instantly tack the small mirrors on the prongs of the candle holder.   The inspiration piece has a pattern on the size of the small mirrors…I went “crazy” and just eye balled them all hap-hazardly!  I am a rebel like that!

Mirrors Glued On
Once those were complete I turned the whole piece over and lied it face down on my table.  I then used my 9001 adhesive to then “double up” on the mirrors so they would not fall off.  Once those were dry, I used the same 9001 glue to adhere the large mirror to the center of the candle holder.

Note:  Be sure to note that if your prongs will not be totally flat so be sure to glue where ever they touch the mirror on the back to ensure a strong hold.

I let that dry overnight.

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I used some 3M Velcro frame hangars to adhere my DIY Sunburst Mirror to my wall.  They worked perfectly!

Sunburst Side by Side
Let’s talk numbers shall we?  Like I said, the inspiration piece was $99.  Even when they are on sale at 50% we are still looking at at least $50 for this mirror.  Here are my DIY Sunburst Mirror costs broken down!

  • Large Size Candle Holder – $7.99 on sale 50% off = $3.99
  • Large mirrors – $3.47 on sale 40% off = $2.08 (for 2)
  • 2 packages of small mirrors —  $ 2.99 each  on sale 40% off = $1.79 each so $3.59

So for $9.66 plus some glue we all have on hand already we have this awesome mirror!  And an extra larger one for another project!  I call that a win!

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49 Responses
  • Kelly F.
    October 24, 2012

    I think I like yours even better than Hobby Lobby’s. I love this project. Too bad the nearest craft store is a hour from where I live.

    • Cheryl
      October 24, 2012

      Well Kelly you are so sweet! Thank you! Maybe I can mail you the supplies? ;-)

  • [email protected]
    October 24, 2012

    How clever are you! Love it!!
    Kim

    • Cheryl
      October 24, 2012

      Thanks Kim! I have my moments! {wink}

  • Rachel
    October 24, 2012

    Yeah!! I love it!

    • Cheryl
      October 24, 2012

      Thanks Rach! Kiss my babies for me!

  • Crystal
    October 24, 2012

    Awesome!! I’m so going to make this!! I love that mirror and have been looking at it for a while now. I even looked at Home Goods, but couldn’t bring myself to pay the money for it. Thanks for a cost effecient way to get a beautiful mirror!!!

    • Cheryl
      October 24, 2012

      Thanks Crystal! I hope you do make it. I am so happy with the way it turned out! Just be sure to let your glue dry completely! I got a bit impatient *surprise, surprise* and then had to re-glue it…

  • imklvr
    October 24, 2012

    Ohhhhh, girl!! You’ve done it again!! I HAVE to have this! You are totally brilliant…totally, I say!! Even if $50 were the full price of the Hobby Lobby mirror, I’d still have trouble paying half price on that! But $10? Now you’re talkin’ my language! Oh, yes, you da bom!!!! Thanks….again!!!

    • Cheryl
      October 24, 2012

      Thanks Dona! I appreciate it! I hope you are doing well!

  • Natosha Zachary
    October 26, 2012

    That is AWESOME! I wish I had a Hobby Lobby close by.

    • Cheryl
      October 26, 2012

      Thanks Natosha! Keep your eyes out…I am sure you could spot a different one that would work equally as well!

  • Rebecca
    October 26, 2012

    I agree with Kelly F., I think I like yours better!! Love it!!

    • Cheryl
      October 26, 2012

      Thanks Rebecca! {blushing}

  • Ellora @ Creatively Southern
    October 27, 2012

    Oh my gosh, this is brilliant! I’ve seen that same mirror in Hobby Lobby, and I just kinda swoon over it as I pass over that high price tag myself. I’m definitely going to try your version here!

    • Cheryl
      October 29, 2012

      Thanks so much Ellora! I appreciate the comment!

  • Wowza! Pretty cool! Like the price too. I’m always wondering though if things hot glued on will stay on. The things I’ve made for myself usually don’t stay glued. Maybe I’ve got the “not too hot temp” hot glue(?) :-)

    There are a lot of knock offs of this mirror. I think yours is really neat!

    (Visiting over from Knock Off Decor)

    • Cheryl
      October 29, 2012

      Connie, I used the hot glue just to tack them in place while I was working and then went back with the super 9001 to ensure a good hold. Ilet that sit overnight to dry completely {i am super impatient so this was a feat in itself!} I agree that many times my hot glue doesn’t hold either! (I too have the “low heat” kind!)

  • Gina
    October 29, 2012

    PURE GENIUS! love it (:

    • Cheryl
      October 29, 2012

      Thanks Gina! {{blushing a bit}} I appreciate the nice comment!

  • Stacey
    October 30, 2012

    LOVE this. To all of you who don’t have a hobby lobby nearby–I ordered all of the items from their website. While I had to pay a little more ($15.75 including shipping) it beats the heck out of $99! I can’t wait to get the items and make the mirror for the dining room wall. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Erin @ How to Nest for Less
    October 30, 2012

    Amazing!! I absolutely love how you can do these projects for so cheap. Wanna come do some decorating at my house? Pretty please ;)

    • Cheryl
      October 30, 2012

      Deal! I am pretty sure we can make a fair trade! Miss you!

  • Sarah @ Becoming Martha
    October 30, 2012

    Cheryl! I saw one like this at a home store and had the same sort of idea but I could not for the life of me find the small mirrors? Where did you get yours? And don’t say Hobby Lobby please… we don’t have one in Canada. :)

    • Cheryl
      October 30, 2012

      I did get them at Hobby Lobby BUT they also have them at Michael’s and you can order them online from hobby lobby!! If all else fails I can mail you some :)

  • Summer
    November 8, 2012

    how many inches was the candle holder ? 9? 12?

    • Cheryl
      November 13, 2012

      Summer it was the 9 inch size! Worked perfectly. I am sure the larger one would work as well!

  • Amy
    November 8, 2012

    Just finished my sunburst mirror and I love it! Thanks for the idea and tutorial! :)

    • Cheryl
      November 9, 2012

      Yay Amy! You are welcome!

  • Kara
    November 26, 2012

    I like yours a whole lot more than the hobby lobby one

    • Cheryl
      November 26, 2012

      Thanks Kara! I appreciate it!

  • Angela
    December 17, 2012

    I think yours looks better than the one in the store! What a great idea and a fantastic price! Thanks for sharing.

    • Cheryl
      December 18, 2012

      Thanks Angela! I appreciate it!

  • Rachel
    December 20, 2012

    Love this so much!! Are the prongs on the candle holder easy to bend? I could see myself accidentally snapping one off.

    • Cheryl
      December 21, 2012

      Hi Rachel! Thanks so much! Yes they are easy to bend down. One of mine was a bit “loose” but not snapped off but once you secure it to the mirror back…it’s just fine!

  • Mrs garcy
    December 28, 2012

    Went to hobby lobby yesterday, I wanted to do this, but the candle holders were missing prongs and they were out of little mirrors…bummer… I didn’t go to Michelson or Joan’s cause I need to ask for a ride in advance, oh well
    I’m not allowed to drive yet that sucks! I’ll try to order the stuff online, hope gather works.

    • Mrs garcy
      December 28, 2012

      I did buy it online! I ment michaels but got auto corrected!

  • Mrs garcy
    December 28, 2012

    Went to hobby lobby yesterday, I wanted to do this, but the candle holders were missing prongs and they were out of little mirrors…bummer… I didn’t go to Michelson or Joan’s cause I need to ask for a ride in advance, oh well
    I’m not allowed to drive yet that sucks! I’ll try to order the stuff online, hope gather works.

  • terri Baker
    January 19, 2013

    I like yours better! The hobby lobby one has the black frame around the mirror, which I dont really like. I love how clean yours looks, minus the framed mirror! Awesome job!!

  • Jennifer
    February 20, 2013

    Seriously, that was such a fabulous idea, I went online immediately and bought everything needed to make this sunburst mirror! The only thing I am changing is, I bought all three sizes of the candle holders so I can layer them and have it be fuller and more three dimensional., and I’m going to paint it gold.
    Thank you for having such wonderful DIY’s!!

    • Cheryl
      February 21, 2013

      Jennifer, that sounds awesome!! Please share a picture on my Facebook wall when you complete yours!!

  • Radzz
    August 28, 2013

    How well did your command strips hold? I used two of the Velcro style strips but the mirror is hanging directly above my bed and I’m scared it could fall on me in the night lol — I love this tutorial!!

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      August 28, 2013

      Mine are holding up awesome! IT hasn’t budged since the day I hung it up there! Just be sure to use the ones for the appropriate weight and follow the directoins on the package properly! I’m so happy you love the tutorial! Thanks so much!! xo

  • ADRIANA MARIA MOCAN
    November 11, 2013

    Hi,
    I would like to know where are you located and if the supplies to make this mirror are still available and if you could ship them to RI?
    TY
    ADRIANA

  • Nats
    January 14, 2014

    I love yours and would love to try it but cant find that candle holder anywhere in Jamaica (yes Jamaica in the Caribbean). I think I can find the small mirrors… still looking because I am not paying J$15,000 (US$150) for it

  • Angeline
    February 5, 2017

    Awesome job, I would buy your version any day over the orginal. Too bad in Canada we dont have the Hobby store here.

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