Steal this Idea*: Twiggy Starburst Mirror

I love a good tutorial and know just how much work goes into making one. Its only fair all that effort gets its due. Thus, the Steal this Idea* series was born . Today's tutorial is from Janell of Isabella and Max Rooms who crafted a beautifully dramatic starbust mirror from a few easy to find materials.

Anyone who has even looked at a design blog this century has seen the starbust mirror everywhere. Its completely ubitiquous for good reason - its has a timeless shape and adds drama in an accessible way. There are lots of other starburst DIY's in the blogosphere but what I really liked about Janell's version is that its really huge! Whats the point of a wimpy starburst anyway? (One of my biggest decor pet peeves is too small art on the wall!! Come on people, scale is everything!) Add that to the fact its incredibly cheap and easy to make, we have a winner.

Janell started with this:


And did a little of this:


And ended up with this:


Love it. You can see the whole step by step on Janell's blog here.

postscript:
*When I say steal, I really mean borrow nicely and give proper credit!
**If you have an idea/tutorial you would like me to consider for a feature, email me. I'd love to see!

40 comments:

  1. great job. i like the idea of twigs..i used kabob sticks...but yours has a bit of added jazz...love it. I have those sticks in my master, and love them.

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  2. Oh I loved this DIY project by Janell! Well, this and all of the other DIY projects she has done!

    And you are so right about the scale aspect of the mirrors. What I like about hers is that the console below it has to be between 59-64" long. That means that mirror is a really nice size!

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Don't mind if I do "borrow" it!

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  4. I'm not a fan of the starburst mirrors, but this is lovely!

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  5. Thanks for featuring my project today, Stefanie! I already want to make another one, using bamboo sticks and another color...just need somewhere to hang it! Janell

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  6. I've never see twigs, glue gun, and a mirror look so good. Well done as always, Janell!

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  7. Let's get twiggy with it!
    Love it. Another great weekend project.
    xo xo

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  8. LOVE that mirror! At first I thought it was a little to big, but you are right the scale fits proportionately with the lovely furniture in the above photo. Very cool and east to make artwork :) thanks for sharing (and *stealing*)

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  9. I love this tutorial. Janell is very talented. Can't wait to see what she does next.

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  10. I love the mirror and will love your new series!

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  11. Completely stunning ! I loved this project, I'm a HUGE fan of Janell's blog!
    Happy weekend friend,
    xo
    Kate

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  12. Great use of materials.

    I could not agree more with the importance of scale in wall decor. I was an art installer and too small and too high things on a wall drive me nuts.

    I just did a project that reminds me of this one
    http://styleandcentsability.wordpress.com/

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  13. Outstanding! Thanks for sharing another great blog.

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  14. She is so creative. Love this!

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  15. I stole this idea! Ok, I didn't really steal it beacuse we actually were making them at the same time. It's a 2 part-er:

    Part 1
    http://bontempsbeignet.blogspot.com/2010/08/sunburst-wall-complete.html

    Part 2
    http://bontempsbeignet.blogspot.com/2010/09/thin-aint-in.html

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  16. i love this... will add it to my friday links... enjoy the weekend!

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  17. Dayum that Janell. She is just....THAT good! Love this...wanna try it!

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  18. What a beautiful focal point-the mirror makes the space-love the "borrowing" idea-Janell is a real talent!

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  19. Just beautiful. I love this project.

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  20. It's beautiful and dramatic! The things you can do with a glue gun... I don't know how people crafted and decorated before the glue gun!

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  21. So stinking cute.. i am dying over this. Just found your blog and loving it. became a follower. head on over if you need new recipes

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  22. Everything Janell turns out great! I love her blog and go figure I love this mirror!

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  23. Holy crap! That is TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!

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  24. How did I miss this post??! I've been wanting to make a starburst mirror for a long time. Need to get on it already!

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  25. ooooooo.. thanks for sharing!

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  26. LOVE it!!! Thanks for sharing this.

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  27. i just love this! it looks store bought!

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  28. I'm so stealing this idea! Just came to your blog for the first time via Matthew Meade Holiday and I love it! Looking forward to exploring!

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  29. I just found your blog, and I am really loving it!
    Liz
    http://mylovelylittlelulu.blogspot.com/

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  30. That is stunning! Cheap. Crafty. Stunning.
    How do feel about it in gold? mmm?

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  31. Thanks so much for sharing this. I had not followed her blog and am glad to now. Also I was looking for a way to make a starburst mirror and this is the best one I have seen!

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  32. I found you through Punctuation Mark. She shared this link on her links post, and I was so incredibly impressed with your inventive DIY! It's one of my dreams to own a renovated Brooklyn brownstone- you're living it! Can't wait to catch up on your blog!
    Cheers,
    Roxy

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  33. This looks great! Thanks for sharing. This is the best starburst DIY I've seen too.

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  34. I think Janell did a great job with this twig mirror too! That girl is so talented.

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  35. Creative mirror. Great Idea. Well, According to me,Light yellow colour also would be look good. Anyway, I appreciate your idea and talent. Thank you very much for sharing it.

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  36. I am so, so, so in love! We have a wonderful starburst clock that we just inherited from my grandmother. It needs a new look, and this post is inspiration to get me started!

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  37. OOO~ I love that! So gorgeous!!!

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  38. I love this! I have been scouring the internet for mirrors like this and the ones that I like are expensive. I am going to make this in the next few day and will spray paint it metallic gold. I can't wait. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  39. Did you paint that buffet? What color did you use?? I LOVE IT

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