DIY Gold Sunburst Mirror

Learn how to make your own mid-century modern inspired gold sunburst mirror for less than $40 in this video tutorial.

DIY Mid Century Modern Gold Sunburst Mirror

Happy Friday! If you’re looking for a fun weekend project how about making a gold sunburst mirror for your home? This DIY project was pretty easy to make and costs less than $40!

I’ve always loved mid-century modern gold sunburst mirrors but hated the thought of paying more than $100 for one. So I decided to make my own using a mirror I got at Hobby Lobby for $10 (it was 50% off at the time) and some wooden dowels. Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own sunburst mirror.

Create your own mid-century modern gold sunburst mirror using a cheap store bought mirror and a few supplies!


Metallic gold spray paint, I like the Valspar
10″ round mirror, I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $10
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Mirror template
Miter saw, I have a Makita and it’s great!
28, 1/4″ x 36″ dowels cut into the following sizes:
• 16 – 18″ pieces
• 16 – 15″ pieces
• 16 – 12″ pieces
• 16 – 9″ pieces

Looking for more DIY weekend projects? Check out all my past DIY projects here.


  1. thank you so much for making such an easy to follow video along with a template! So helpful, I just finished mine and looks awesome in my living room. Awesome blog!! =]

    1. You’re welcome! So glad you found it helpful! I’d love to see a photo of your mirror. If you share one, please tag #sarahhearts!

  2. Hi Sarah, I love this idea, I just found my mirror from hobby lobby, however I am doing a 14.75 mirror.(Large wall) How do you suggest I change my dowel placement and sizing for the increased diameter? Love your blog!

    1. Hi Rachel! I’d recommend adding two inches to each dowel length to make the finished mirror a little larger. You may need to use an epoxy type glue to hold the weight of the longer dowels. I would glue a few with hot glue and see how it holds and if you need more support try another glue. Happy crafting!

  3. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for the simple instructions. I’ll let you know how it goes when I complete it!

  4. Sarah, what’s the overall size of the finished piece at it’s widest? And, do you think it could be made smaller still using a 10″ mirror?

    1. Yes, you can definitely make it smaller. It’s about 40″ in diameter as is. I would just subtract the same measurement from each dowel so you maintain the same starburst pattern.

  5. Hi, just made my first sunburst mirror. Not happy with how it looks because of the framing around the mirror. I used beads and hot glued them to frame in the mirror. My question to you is. Where would I find a frame to frame the mirror. Looked at hobby lobby and other craft stores to join avail. Thanks so much

    1. I’d also recommend looking on Amazon or even a local frame shop. Maybe even a thrift store for a vintage frame that you could paint? Best of luck!

  6. Hello I am in love with you sunburst Mirrow my question is what is the difference between using dowels and skewers ? Because I’ve seen some tutorial use them but I love yours!!

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