Watch our newest tutorial on how to DIY your own starburst mirror with just a cereal box and sticks! Part one is the quick and easy version and part 2 is the more advanced, methodical version! Check them out and leave us a comment below!
- 1 Can of spray paint (any color you want)
- 1 Cereal box
- A pair of scissors
- Glue gun & glue (lots of it)
- Round mirror
Step 1: Make the frame
- Cut out the front and back of your cereal box to make the frame of the mirror.
- Using a pencil, trace the small round mirror in the center of the cereal box and cut the circle out about 2 inches away from the traced line.
- Next, poke a hole in the center of the circle to make a starting point for your scissors to cut out the inside part of the circle. Don’t cut all the way to the line, leave about a 1/2 inch of room around the inside of the circle so your mirror has something to glue to.
- Repeat the process all over on the second piece of your cereal box.
- Glue the two cereal box rings together. You can use whatever glue you have around the house, but I recommend hot glue, it’s the strongest and dries quicker.
- Trim up the excess on the sides and you’re ready to wrap!
Step 2: Wrap the frame
- Cut off a long piece of twine from the spool and hot glue one end to the ring.
- Continue to wrap the ring all the way around, scrunching the twine tight together and hot gluing random spots as you go for sturdiness and support.
- Once you run out of string, cut another long piece, glue it on and keep wrapping. Now, this way totally works, but each time you wrap the twine around you’ll need to put the entire bunch of string through the hole so you don’t have a ton of tangled loops, which can become annoying and time consuming. To see a more efficient way of wrapping the ring, click here.
- If you find you have gaps where the cereal box shows through, just go over those areas with more string and hot glue until the ring is completely covered and tightly wrapped.
Step 3: Set your sticks
- Set out the 4 main points of your starburst mirror with your longest sticks. I set out heavier branches along with outside of the starburst mirror to support the ends of my sticks when I hot glue them.
- Select a bunch of sticks that are at medium to light weight and thickness. If they aren’t at the right length, just break them with your hands!
- Continue to fill in each quarter of the mirror with varied lengths of sticks. As you complete a section of the mirror, take smaller, skinnier sticks and glue in any gaps you may see. My stick selecting method is a little random and spontaneous, I think its more fun that way! Click here if you want to see a more advanced and methodical version of this mirror tutorial.
Step 4: Spray paint your sticks
- Spray paint the sticks with your desired color. I used gold, well because it’s me, but you can paint yours any color you’d like: gold or silver for the holidays or even a bright color for spring and summer!
- Add a touch of glitter spray if you want to add a little sparkle!
Step 5: Add the mirror
- Once your sticks are dry, add a generous ring of hot glue around the edge of your round mirror.
- Lift up your stick wreath and center the mirror in the opening, push down to secure.