Hey, do you have an extra $900 dollars?
That is about how much you would be spending if you purchased a sunburst mirror frame from Anthropologie. Hard to believe, right? Take a look for yourself. Don’t go too far because I am going to show you how to make your own gorgeous wall art on a dollar store budget, literally. If you did have an extra and feel so inclined to send PayPal me the money you saved I would gladly accept. After all I wouldn’t want to be rude.
What You Need
- 2 packs of drinking straws (if they are straight excellent but you can use the flexible ones)
- Craft knife/box cutter/X-acto knife
- Hot Glue and sticks
- Gold Spray Paint
- Something circular (to trace around)
- Pencil or Sharpie
- Newspaper to protect your surfaces.
These are some things you can use to make a cardboard ring as a base for your frame.
I settled on a large roll of tape and traced the outer and inner circles on cardboard with a Sharpie marker.
After you trace the ring use a craft knife to carefully cut the out your “frame.”
I experimented with different shapes but the large ring worked the best.
With your hot glue gun slowly put a thin line on a straw and place on the cardboard ring. Hot gun tends to get stringy prevent this by working slowly and picking off the stringy parts as you are working for a cleaner final product. *Note* if your glue gun has multiple heat settings use “low.” Be careful with your hands because hot glue is ummm hot.
When you are placing it on your ring there will be spaces don’t worry we will be filling those in.
If you have flexible straws keep them as straight as possible to keep your design intact.
Once you finish your 1st layer begin filling in the gaps. Glue the straws on top of each other between but make sure they all are lined up at the center for a “sunburst” appearance.
I did about 3-4 layers of straw for this project that is about 150 straws. Sip some lemonade with your remaining straws. After gluing begin to clip the straws in different lengths of your choosing.
This is the fun part! Clean your frame of any access glue and get your spray paint. The first coat should be light to prevent clumping. Let dry and do a second coat for full coverage. Paint in a well ventilated area. #safetyfirst
Now that your frame is done you can hang it on your wall! Using 3M Command Hooks to adhere to my wall made it simple, you can also use it to hang on your door as a wreath. If you intend to use this as an outdoor wreath I recommend a coat of spray shellac to preserve it longer.
Now there you have it a beautiful piece of wall art for less than $10!
This project was the winner of my “viewer’s choice” take a look at the other projects that were in the running. Let me know in the comments which project you would like to see next!