Clothespin Mirror: A Fun Take on a Starburst Mirror

by Diane Henkler on 04/25/2011

Do you need an idea for a Mother’s Day gift?  An inexpensive, fun, decorative, and chic one perhaps that even a child could make for their mom or grandmother?

How about making a Starburst Mirror using clothespins and mirrors from the dollar or craft store?  It is so super simple that you may even want to make one for yourself and another to give.

I got the idea of using clothespins after looking through the Ballard Designs catalog.  I thought some of the gold starburst mirrors they sell actually look like decorative clothespins framing the mirror.  When an idea like this pops into my head I have to try it out. Sometimes they don’t work out, but I love to experiment.  I am happy to say this idea worked.  Total cost for making the mirrors – under $5.00

This is the first one I made – it is the super simple version hung with ribbon. So easy even a child will have success making it.   It is 11-inches in diameter.


This one is still easy, but I added fun pattern and color to it. I also used an oval mirror for a slightly different look.   It is 12-inches in diameter.


Here is my totally glam version. I used gold spray paint, but you could use any color to coordinate with your décor.  This one reminds me the most of the one I saw in the Ballard Designs catalog.


Supplies Needed:

Wood Clothespins
Glue – for kids version – Extra Tacky Tacky Glue that will dry clear all others use hot glue
Picture hanger or ribbon
Optional:  Decorative paper, spray paint

I carefully removed the plastic brown frame and handle from the hand mirror that I bought at The Dollar Tree.  The small round mirror are sold where they sell candles.  The larger one I found at AC Moore.  Michaels has un-beveled ones for under $3.00.   You can find clothespins at The Dollar Tree and Lowes.


I used hot glue to attach all of the clothespins, but for the kids version use Super Tacky glue to attach the clothespins to the mirror so little hands don’t get burned.  Place the glue on each clothespin as show below.  Open and close it a few times so the glue gets on both sides of the clothespin and then attach to the mirror. (Don’t use the glue in the photo – it is too thin.)  Hot glue or Super Tacky glue works.


Add glue to one clothespin at a time and then attach to the mirror by simply clipping it to the edge. Repeat the process until the entire edge is covered.


3. Use a dinner plate to act as a guide to align the clothespins and center them.


4. If adding a ribbon to hang – open a clothespin and put the center of your length of ribbon right up against the hinge and then close. This clothespin must be hot glued on – so if you are going to make this project with kids, an adult can help attach this “hanger” clothespin.



If you want to use decorative paper.  Cut it into strips the width of your clothespins and glue the paper onto each one.


This is the largest one I made. It measures 14-inches in diameter.


To hang without ribbon, I hot glued a picture hanging hook to the back of the mirror.


Fun, quick and chic.




{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pam April 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Very cute idea! I love all of the different versions you made! And yes, this would be a fun project with kids. Thanks for sharing!



2 Diane April 26, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hi Pam-

I used to be the mom who was always asked for gift ideas for kids to make when I was active in my daughters Home and School Assoc and scout troops. Even though they are grown now, my mind is still programmed to seek out kid friendly crafts that would make a mom smile. Even though most moms love anything their children make for them – chic or not. :)


3 Suzie April 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Too, too cute!!


4 beach house living April 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Very clever!


5 Karen April 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

That is fabulous. They are all great but my fav. is the gold one …so chic. Thanks for sharing this.


6 Diane April 26, 2011 at 7:43 am

Hi Karen-

Thanks -It was so easy spray painting the clothespins – I used Rust-O-Leum Specialty Metallic spray paint in Metallic Gold. It is the best gold spray paint. I only had to use one coat. It dried super fast as summer arrived over the weekend and the air was perfect for spray painting – we skipped Spring here.


7 Ashlyn April 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm

What a great idea…love it. My girls would love it too.


8 Diane April 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

Hi Ashlyn-

Thanks. It would go with the memo inspiration board you made for your daughters room.


9 Kim April 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Those look great!


10 Kevin April 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I love this! How cool!



11 Diane April 26, 2011 at 7:30 am

Thanks Kev!


12 Holiday Snob April 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Love this! Great idea! Stopping by from Skip to My Lou


13 maryann April 26, 2011 at 2:53 am

totally awesome, clever, easy, and beautiful!! thanks!!!


14 Katherine April 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

I love this!!!!! So clever, well done :-)


15 Patricia in Denver April 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

So many possibilities but I never would have thought of it if not for your blog. Keep those ideas coming, you are amazing!


16 Brooke @ Inside-Out Design April 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

How easy and pretty! Love it! I like the gold painted one; who knew clothes pins could look so glam?!


17 Laurie-Jean April 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

So cute and clever! This is a perfect idea for my laundry room. What’s even better, I just picked up a bunch of clothespins. Thanks for sharing!


18 Ginger April 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Very cute. Perfect for a laundry room.


19 Sue April 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I absolutely love the look of the gold mirror you created! Who knew clothespins could be so glam?! :-) Visiting from Kristin’s party.
~ Sue


20 Kim @ Cheap Chic Home April 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

How fun! I’d love to see one in black, too. I guess I’m on my own for that ;).


21 Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper April 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I totally need to make a couple of these for my laundry room! I know if they were hanging in there it might make me want to do laundry.


22 Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea April 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm

It’s really cute and all your variations are astounding!


23 Nana Diana April 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

What a cute, clever idea for anyone-especially kids-a perfect project!!! Hugs- Diana


24 Simple Daisy April 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Love this idea!! So cute!
And thank your for you comment on my last blog post! I appreciate it!
ps…i’m having a little give-away…stop on over if you have a minute!


25 alison April 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

Really cute!!! I love them!


26 Katie April 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Awesome idea! I just love this! If only I had more time on my hands to do all the things I see on link up parties!!!


27 Kat April 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Oh my word–this is so cute! I’m totally going to make one for my soon-to-be laundry room! Thanks for the inspiration:)


28 Diane April 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Hi Kat-

OMGOSH!- it did not even dawn on me to use it in a laundry room. I was too focused on how to make it. It would look very cute in a laundry room. Thanks for sharing the idea with us.


29 abeachcottage April 29, 2011 at 7:02 am

Really cute projects! Thanks for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.


30 Emilee April 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

Love these mirrors! Great job!


31 retrohipmama : she's crafty April 29, 2011 at 11:36 am

What a great idea! I have done the scrap paper on clothes pins but now you’re talking creative! Great tutorial…thank you!


32 janae April 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

What a FUN, neat and organic project!! I have the PERFECT mirror that is round and never had a frame! It’ll be a whole lotta clothespins and a whole lotta fun!! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!


33 Diane April 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Hi Janae-

It would look great on a big mirror – truly fabulous. I would love to see it when you are finished.


34 angie April 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I love the looks and love that it can be created to go with any decor Please stop by and see what I have to share


35 Denise April 30, 2011 at 12:17 am

great ideas! these would be so fun to make :) thanks for sharing your projects at Transformations and Treasures this week!


36 TidyMom May 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

this is FABULOUS!!
Thanks so much for linking up this week!! I featured your post on my wrap up! Have a great weekend!


37 Tina May 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I love this mirror!
I am starting my own linky party this Tuesday! It’s the first one. I would love it if you would participate! It’s called $10 Tuesdays and it’s for things that cost less than $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to complete. I love inexpensive and quick projects and I’m guessing others will too ;) Thanks so much for considering. I know that there are a lot of linky parties out there ;)
Tina Watschke


38 Allison @ House of Hepworths May 5, 2011 at 12:28 am

Congrats you’ve been featured at my Hookin Up with HoH party!

Feel free to stop by and grab a button. You’ve earned it!


Allison @ House of Hepworths


39 Michelle @ The Lazy Novice Crafter May 15, 2011 at 1:26 am

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made a spray painted version and it turned out lovely thanks to your instructions!


40 Diane May 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Hi Michelle-

Thanks so much. I got the idea from Kristi over at Addicted to Decorating. She left hers natural and used shims instead of beads.I thought it was such a great idea and had to make one for myself. Did you spray it white or another color?


41 Brit May 20, 2011 at 11:51 am
42 Cindy M June 10, 2011 at 10:50 am
43 Barbara Werner February 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

OK so I’m nearly a year behind on finding this tutorial but I had to let you know that I think it’s spectacular! I can’t wait to make one myself…maybe this weekend even. :O)


44 Anna August 1, 2012 at 1:03 am

I have a round mirror that I have been eyeballing to dress up but couldn’t think of anything till I saw this! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Doing as soon as I can and It’ll be red to match room! Thank you so much for the idea!!


45 Donna @ My Sweet Things August 12, 2012 at 8:18 am

Oh goodness! Love all the designs you created! I am working on a laundry room makeover and this would be so cute for an empty wall I need to fill. Thanks for the inspiration!


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