A Fun Take on a DIY Sunburst Mirror

This DIY Sunburst Mirror DIY is an easy to make fun piece of decorative and affordable wall art. So easy to make that you may want to make one for yourself and few more with color variations to give as gifts.

I like to come up with ideas on how to repurpose ordinary things into decorative accessories for the home. Like this DIY Clothespin Picture Frame I made.

I especially like mirrors since they reflect light and can make a room look larger. I repurposed a dresser mirror to create a coffee table for my living room.  and a collection of dollar store frames to create a 3D Mirror Wall Gallery in a guest room.

I got the idea of using clothespins to make a frame for a small round mirror after looking through the Ballard Designs catalog.  I thought one of the gold sunburst mirrors they sell actually looked like decorative clothespins framing the mirror.

DIY sunburst-mirror-with clothespin frame

When an idea like this pops into my head I have to try it out. Sometimes my ideas don’t work out, but I love to experiment.  I am happy to say this idea to make a DIY sunburst mirror using clothespins worked out perfectly.

I was having so much fun making the miror that I also made a few more, each with a slightly different look.

closeup image of DIY clothespin mirror

This is the first clothespin sunburst mirror I made – it is hung on a wall with ribbon. I used the clothespins just as they were. So easy even a child will have success making this starburst mirror.  It is 11-inches in diameter.

Scrapbook paper covered clothespins creating a frame on a round mirror

This is a colorful version where I added scrapbook paper to each clothespin and used an oval mirror.  It is 12-inches in diameter.

Gold-Sun burst-Mirror-made-using-clothespins

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

Total cost for making each Sunburst mirror – under $5.00

How to Make a DIY Sunburst Mirror

I used hot glue to attach all of the clothespins to the mirrors. If you are going to make this a project for children to make, use Super Tacky glue to attach the clothespins to the mirror so little hands don’t get burned.

I found the larger mirror at AC Moore.  Michaels has mirrors for under $3.00.   You can find clothespins at The Dollar Tree, Target or Walmart.


supplies needed:

  • Wood clothespins with springs
  • Mirrors – bought at the dollar store
  • Glue – hot glue. For kids version – Extra Tacky Tacky Glue that will dry clear
  • Picture hanger or ribbon
  • Optional:  decorative paper, spray paint
  1. Carefully remove the plastic brown frame and handle from a hand mirror.

2. Place a dab of glue on each clothespin as shown above.  Open and close the clothespin a few times so the glue gets on both sides of the clothespin and then attach to the mirror. (Don’t use the glue I first tried -in the photo – it is too thin.)  Hot glue or Super Tacky glue works the best.

How-to-attach-clothespins-to a round mirror

3. 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 of the mirror is covered.

Plate on back of mirror
How-to-align-clothespins to make sunburst mirror

4. Use a dinner plate to act as a guide to align the clothespins and center them. Once all the clothespins are attached, remove the plate.

How to Hang a DIY Sunburst Mirror


1. 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.

DIY Starburst mirror hung on wall with purple ribbon


Picture hanging hook on back of mirror

To hang without ribbon:  Hot glue a picture hanging hook to the back of the mirror, let dry before hanging.

How to Make a Colorful DIY Sunburst Mirror

Blue green and white starburst mirror

You can add color to the clothespins to create a colorful sunburst mirror. I cut decorative scrapbook paper into strips the width of the clothespins and glued the paper onto each clothespin.

How to Make a Knock-Off Ballard Design DIY Sunburst Mirror

Gold Painted clothespins on a mirror to create a creative frame for a mirror

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

Fun, quick and chic that can be made in an hour or less. Why not make a few to decorate your home or to give friends and family.

Mirror framed in clothespins and hung with purple ribbon
3 variations on a DIY sunburst clothespin mirror

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  1. That Sassy Life coach says:

    Well that is just too darn marvellous for words! How clever, creative and incredibly appealing!

  2. DIYPD Peter says:

    Clothespin craft! Very creative, simple and super easy! I’ll make one for my wife.

  3. Kathryn Griffin says:

    These are so cute! Looks like such an easy DIY. Thanks for sharing. Have a great rest of the week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. Donna @ My Sweet Things says:

    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!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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)

  7. Michelle @ The Lazy Novice Crafter says:

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

    1. 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?

  8. 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

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

  10. 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!

    1. Hi Janae-

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

  11. retrohipmama : she's crafty says:

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

  12. Love these mirrors! Great job!

  13. abeachcottage says:

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

  14. 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:)

    1. 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.

  15. 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!!!

  16. Really cute!!! I love them!

  17. Simple Daisy 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!

  18. Nana Diana says:

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

  19. Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea says:

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

  20. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:

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

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

  22. Very cute. Perfect for a laundry room.

  23. Laurie-Jean 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!

  24. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design says:

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

  25. 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!

  26. Katherine says:

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

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

  28. Holiday Snob says:

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

  29. I love this! How cool!


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

    1. Hi Ashlyn-

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

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

    1. 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.

  32. beach house living says:

    Very clever!

  33. 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!


    1. 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. :)