Jul 222011
 

Greetings and Salutations. :)

So I was in Hobby Lobby last month (looking for pin backs or some such nonsense) and cut through the wall art section to get to the jewelry section when I saw this:

Wow.

Big.

Cool.

And one other word popped into my head when I saw the price tag. I bet it’s the same word that will pop into your head, so let’s just experiment and see if I’m right:

What word came to mind?

Any of the following words are acceptable: Ridiculous! Expensive! Outrageous!

Any of the following words are unacceptable: Bargain! Score! What-a-steal! (technically, 3 words, but since I put those dashes in there, it counts as 1)

Now, I am not necessarily the most timely person in the world. And this post is no exception. The mirror above is a sunburst mirror. You can kinda guess why it’s called that just by looking at it. There have been a lot of DIY sunburst mirrors poppin’ up around blogland for a while now. Centsational Girl made one that looks pretty cool. The one I was more drawn to was by Amanda at Our Humble Abowed. So after I had read her post over and over and over, I decided to start collecting my supplies and attempt to make one.

I didn’t get a picture with all my supplies together, so here’s a list:

  • 50 paintsticks
  • paintbrush
  • paint
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • mirror
  • wall bracket
  • Liquid Fusion, Liquid Nails, or some other STRONG glue to glue your bracket to the back of the mirror
  • Saw-thingy*

Here’s where it all began:

Thank you, WalMart, for your marvelous paint sticks and brushes.

*Thank you, honey, for letting me use your amazing power tools that I got you for Christmas.

Wait – did I just say that? Isn’t that like a husband buying his wife a tie so that he can wear it? No, it’s really not. Just trust me on this one.

(Actually – this was the first time I had ever used this baby. And the reason I’m calling it “baby” is because I don’t know what it’s called. ha. Anyway, my little girl was taking a nap and there was a man in our house working on our kitchen countertops while I was on the porch. {sidenote: don’t worry – that sounds shady, but it’s not. he’s a friend from church, so it wasn’t like I was abandoning my baby in the house with a stranger. end of sidenote.} I was desperately hoping he wouldn’t ask me what I was doing with a bunch of paintsticks and offer assistance. Thankfully, he didn’t. And I was spared the embarrassment of trying to explain what I was doing…especially since I don’t even know what this tool is called.)

I marked the paint sticks at 8 inches

and made sure to cut them past the 8″ mark.

I wanted to put this mirror in the half bathroom off the guest room, so I painted the sticks with the same Azalea Leaf paint I used in the guest room. That way it brings the two rooms together and makes them feel a little more cohesive.

Here they are…all painted and waiting to dry:

There’s no need to paint the entire paint stick – only as much as will show. So I didn’t paint the backs. And with the first layer, I didn’t paint all the way to the end of the stick either – only partial painting was required.

Grab a mirror. I got this one from Hobby Lobby for $3. That was my big purchase for this project. It’s a 10″ mirror – originally $6, but 50% off. This is the same one Amanda got:

Now…a word to the wise:

Lay your paint sticks out on the back of your mirror before gluing them down. As in, lay them ALL out to see what kind of spacing you want. Otherwise, you’ll just start gluing away, then get to the end and realize you have this tiny little space left – not big enough to fit a paint stick in – and then you’ll be sorry you didn’t follow my advice. See the anguish this has caused me?

That’s where I had to scrape off 2 paint sticks after already gluing them down. I never knew hot glue was so strong and stubborn!

If you get a mirror like I did, there will be these black rubber-y things on the back. I just peeled them off and glued the sticks on top. Voila.

Here’s the mirror after the first layer is in place:

Not too shabby.

And here it is from the back with the 2nd layer almost completed:

Of course, because of my lack of planning, I had cut too many sticks short, so I was left with some holes (3 holes, to be exact) where I needed long sticks and only had short ones:

Ridiculous. So I ran out to WalMart again, flagged a lady down, and she found some paint sticks for me. Thank you, nice lady in the blue vest.

I had a wall bracket left over from my Gallery Wall with $.50 frames, so I used tons of Liquid Fusion and glued that sucker on the back of the mirror. Then I added some hot glue on top – just to make sure it would be secure. Nobody will see the back, so I didn’t mind if it looked kinda trashy – just as long as it’s going to stay hanging on my wall!!

And here it is, folks, in all its glory and bigness:

I like how my mouth is hanging open in the reflection. Cute.

What should have been a simple, not super time-consuming project became a lot more complex because I didn’t lay the sticks out before I started. But it’s okay, because it’s done now and we like it. :) You notice I said “we?” Yes, I am super blessed with a nice hubby like that. Love him.

And speaking of, I am goin’ on a hot date with him tonight. Which means I need to finish this un-hot laundry so I have plenty of time to make myself look decent. He’s really cute and I want to make a good impression. ;)

Happy weekend to you!!!

  20 Responses to “$3 Wall Art”

  1. You are just about the cutest ever. (I said “just about” because I think my hubby wubby is the. cutest. ever. Just to clarify.) :) I love your mirror! Such a great job. And please don’t stop sharing your teeny timy mistakes, because it gives me encouragement to attempt my projects and keep at them after I feel like they are ruined. :) Have a great date!

  2. Looks great and you did a great job! Have a great time with your date! (The exploitation of the word “great”) :)

  3. good job! Looks awesome! I think that “baby” is called a skill saw. ;)

  4. hahaha…ohhhhhhh…I’ll take your word for it. I have plans to get to know him very well. :)

  5. aw, well good. good job on your spray painting those frames. did you figure it out?

  6. heehee…I’m so glad that word is in the english language or else I certainly wouldn’t have as many compliments to share with people. ;)

  7. LOOOOOOVEE IT!!!! I have been wanting to do one too so think that might be my weekend project! :)

    so did wal-mart give you the paint sticks all for free?? and did you get the mirror this week – if so I am heading to HL to get one tonight while they are 50% off! ;)

  8. Christa, your mirror looks fantastic! I’m so glad you were able to find some inspiration from our blog. Isn’t it even better that it was such a cheap project?!? Well done!

  9. No, I got the mirror a few weeks ago. But it might be back on sale now! Check online to see!! Dollar store might have some too… Happy crafting!!!

  10. Thanks, Amanda! And thanks for the inspiration and super helpful tutorial! :)

  11. Wow! Impressive! Everyone in bloggy land makes it look so easy… not sure, but I think I would find a way to complicate it. :) LOVE the $3 price tag compared to $80! Whoohoo!

  12. This is absolutely amazing! Now that I have some inspiration, I just need to find some supplies. That sure beats a whopping $80!

  13. Go for it! It ended up quite massive, but we really love it and it’s definitely the most “commented on” piece in our house. Or maybe that’s just because I’ve barely hung up any other wall art yet… :P thanks for stopping by!!

  14. [...] friend Christa at Brown Sugar Toast did hers about the same as me but she figured out how to glue them right onto the back of the [...]

  15. How did you hang this? I am thinking of doing this but interested on how you hung it?

  16. hey Kenzie! I answered this with a bit more detail in the post {see near the end}, but I just attached a picture hanger with 2 different kinds of adhesive. Hope that helps!! :)

  17. What is a wall bracket? and what’s liquid fusion? I have mine almost done not sure how to hang it….was considering a crochet ring hot glued to the back then hang that on a nail?

  18. Hey Casey!

    Liquid fusion is a strong adhesive – you can find it and wall brackets at a craft store. (there’s also a pic of liquid fusion in this post!) Mine has been hanging really well for about 2 years, so I’m a big fan of liquid fusion!

  19. would hot glue be as effective for the wall bracket as liquid fusion?

  20. I used both liquid fusion & hot glue and it has held for over 2 years. I’m not sure how only hot glue would work… might be worth a try :)

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