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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 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.

Starburst CG
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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  1. 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!!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!!

    1. 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

  4. 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

  5. Love, love, LOVE, this idea. I want to make one. I’m considering using the 9 inch candle holder. Do you know the width of the one you made?


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