I think these sunburst mirrors have been around since the beginning of decorating time. Of course, since I was living under a rock I’m just now getting my sunburst on.

I’d seen sunburst mirrors before and I still have dreams of one I found on Craigslist that I let slip away.

C’est la vie.

I’d also seen cute rolled wreaths made with sheet music. I loved the idea of using sheet music but I searched high and low for those piece of sheets and just couldn’t find them. Instead I went with maps. Which is another big trend right now and I’m all about it.

I got a large Atlas from Goodwill and went to tearing pages and rolling paper. I went through one whole book before I realized I needed more pages but after too many days in the search party I decided to move on. My mirror is very large and if I could’ve found more maps I would have preferred it to be fuller. Oh well.

I pulled out my pink polka dot glue gun and went to work. I glued quickly and haphazardly in a circle onto a piece of foam poster board I bought at the DollarTree.


Warning Tangent Ahead!

Has anyone ever heard of a glue gun belt or holster? I’m down with cowboy boots and I think a sweet studded baaliinngged out glue gun holster would be pretty groovy. Well let me know.


I got my round mirror from Michaels for $2 but you can also get them at the DollarTree.

This is where the project went all crazy.

I didn’t like the unfinished edge around the mirror so I used some twine and hot glued it around the mirror to create a frame.

It turned out to be a hot (glue) mess.

Then I poured mod podge and epsom salt on the twine.

Even worse.

I finally used some paper twine that I had from a previous Goodwill excursion. I have no idea what this stuff is called. It’s like a crepe paper texture that is tightly wound. I just untwisted, scrunched, and glued it onto my twine covered epsom salt.

I don’t have any pics of the mirror on the wall because I’m not sure where to hang it. One thing you’ll definitely pick up on here at Let’s Get Crafty! is that I take for.ever. to make a decision. And then once I do make a decision I can’t guarantee it won’t be changed the next day.

So I may have lots of bare walls in this here condo but at least I’ll never run out of projects to write about. 🙂

Question: What do you guys think of my Atlas Sunburst Mirror?

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14 Responses

  1. Kelly @ thelilypadcottage

    Very cute, I have seen this done with book pages but not maps, love it!

  2. Crystelle Boutique

    I love the maps you used…. make you want to travel the world by the light of the sun!

    Great project! I bet it looks nice in your home 🙂

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  3. Charlene@APinchofJoy

    Very colorful! Peristence pays because it turned out great. It will make a bold statement wherever you put it! Thanks for linking on Busy Monday!

  4. Anne Kimball

    Hi Christine, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m
    visiting from Tilly’s Nest.
    This is a clever idea. But even more than the finished product, I love your honesty in telling what worked and what went wrong as you were making it. Well done! I’ll be back for more…

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say

  5. srodgers1969

    I LOVE maps! I love your idea to use them for this mirror and your save with the crepe paper. I recently made a sunburst mirror from plain white cardstock and I love it. Perhaps you might stop by http://beyondtheportico.blogspot.com for a look. Have a great day. Found you through Savvy Southern Style.

  6. printabelle

    What a fun look, the map looks great! It looks like it was a lot of work, but it really turned out nice.

  7. Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    I love maps, so I love this! Great job! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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