Clothespin Mirror: A Fun Take on a Starburst Mirror

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.





  1. says

    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!


    • says

      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. :)

    • says

      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.

  2. Patricia in Denver says

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

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

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

  5. Nana Diana says

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

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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!!!

  8. says

    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:)

    • says

      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.

  9. says

    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!

  10. says

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

  11. says

    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

    • says

      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?

  12. Barbara Werner says

    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)

  13. Anna says

    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!!

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