A Starburst Mirror for the Dining Room

I’ve been ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing” over all the Starburst Mirrors out there. I think they’re just gorgeous.

But I couldn’t really find one to fit my style.
I’ve been wanting one for our dining room – I have the perfect little 1/4 wall for it. ;)
Well after looking and plotting and trying to figure out materials – I had the idea that since it was for the dining room, it might look cute made from Silverware!

After much debate on layout (Mr. F.T. absolutely LOVES being a craft adviser, haha) and lots of glue, this is what I came up with!!

And a closeup:

It was soooo easy to make.

Here’s a quick tutorial in case you’d like one too!!

You’ll need:

Round Mirror – this one is 7″
(I picked it up at Joann’s)
Plate, a few inches larger than the mirror
Silverware (Depends on your layout. I used 12 knives, 8 forks, & 12 spoons)
Beads (enough to go around mirror)
Glue (I used hot glue)

Start by cutting 2 circles out of cardboard. Measure halfway between the bottom rim of the plate and edge to make your circle.

Glue the two circles together with hot glue. This will give you a stable base for your silverware.
You could also use wood or something else as a base, I was just going for cheap. ;)

(You thought I was kidding when I said I had terrible paper cutting skills didn’t you?
Evidently it also extents to cardboard. Don’t judge.)

Press the rim of the plate down onto the circle, then trace this with a pen. That way you know how to place your silverware.

Start working on your layout. I recommend laying out all the silverware, then gluing it on.

I started with knives. They were the fattest in width so I didn’t want them under the plate at all.
I lined them up with the traced rim line.

Then I added in forks. . .

And then spoons. Use whatever pattern and layout you like.
I played with a lot of different looks before I settled on this one.

Place your plate on the layout and make sure that it lays as flat as possible. Make any spacing adjustments you need to.

Start gluing on the silverware, working your way around the circle.

***Update: After a year and a half I have had a couple of items loosen because of the hot glue. Rather than risk the entire shebang crashing to the floor, I pried off the plate and stabilized everything with E-6000. That should hold it through minor earthquakes and teenagers. I’ll keep you posted though.

Check your layout with your plate as you go. You might need to redo a couple pieces.
(I did. And doesn’t that look so nice and tidy.)

Finish all the silverware. It won’t look too pretty but the plate covers up the mess.

Add a good layer of glue to the cardboard to hold your plate on.

Ahhh. That’s better.

Add a layer of glue to the back of your mirror and glue that to the center of the plate.

Before you glue on any beads, take a minute and clean any smudges or fingerprints off your mirror.

Glue a ring of beads or pearls around the mirror’s edge.

And that finishes it off!!
So easy right??

I hung it on the wall by putting three nails at the bottom of the cardboard, in a curve,
and one nail at the top of the cardboard, so the nail head holds it on.

I really love the combination of the vintage plate and silverware with the mirror and pearls – but I want to hear what you think!!

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*** UPDATES – I am not having a problem with the hanging method – but I think that I’m going to reinforce it a bit. I don’t want the cardboard to weaken over time and crash.
Also – I would consider spray painting your cardboard a color close to your walls. Where I’ve got it hanging you can see the cardboard from one angle. It would blend with the wall better if it was painted. ;) ***


  • Reply July 22, 2012

    Kelly V

    I fell in love with this mirror and set out to recreate it with materials from IKEA. I found that the hot glue didn’t set properly — between the cardboard and the flatware, I don’t know if it has too much “give” — but after gluing all of them down, when I lifted it, about 8 of the 20 pieces just popped right off. I thought I used more than enough glue. I’m planning to try it again with an epoxy-type glue and a larger plate instead of the cardboard. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Reply August 1, 2012


    WOW! What a great idea! I think I am going to try this project but with a larger mirror. I would love something like this for my formal dining room :) Thanks, and GREAT job!

  • Reply August 10, 2012

    linda ellett

    I love this going to try it but with old silverware…i love new ideas for recycling any thrown away objects…..

  • Reply October 27, 2012


    When it first popped up on my screen I thought – what a great kitchen clock this would make. Instead of the mirror – use a clock mechanism (available at craft stores) for the center.

    Or…..just use the plate, omitting the mirror. It’s pretty enough as is.

    Any way you look at it, I think it needs something more substantial than a cardboard base which will deteriorate, especially given the weight of the silverware. A very light weight wood base should hold up and be able to support both the silverware and a hanger device. Epoxy or E-6000 will hold better than hot glue, as you already discovered.

    What I’m thinking about now is how to conceal the space between the silverware and the mirror or clock mechanism so you don’t see a big gap when viewing it from the side. Will keep thinking.

    Great idea! Your layout is quite attractive.

  • Reply November 6, 2012

    Sharon J

    Love the idea. I just moved to new place and am looking for decorating ideas.
    I’m going to try this but replace the mirror with a clock face and use the silverware as emphasis of numbers.
    Knives 12, 3, 6, 9 etc.
    Will go great in dining room.

    • March 25, 2013

      Janet Luttrell

      I may use clock, thanks for the idea.

  • Reply March 17, 2013

    Sarah McKenna

    Another AMAZING project. You’re a singular talent, my friend! Totally thinking of doing this for my dad’s new kitchen!

  • Reply March 21, 2013


    Wow this is totally amazing and creative. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply March 25, 2013

    Janet Luttrell

    I like this idea and I have lots of old knives, forks @spoons I can use. But the plate would have hang by itself, it is too pretty to cover . Now to find a place to hang.
    Thanks, janet

  • Reply April 1, 2013


    I wanted to send a picture of how we hung our starburst mirror! My husband put to screws into a piece of scrap wood and wound a piece of wire around the screws, creating a hanging cord. He then glued the wood to the cardboard backing so that it would hang with the appropriate knife at 12 o’clock. It seems to be working out well! Thanks for the inspiration! http://nearlyfearless.blogspot.com/2013/03/afternoon-crafty.html

    • April 1, 2013


      *two screws, darn it!

  • Reply June 14, 2013


    Loved it, but I’m going to place a clock in the middle. Great idea!

  • Reply November 19, 2013

    jamie lynn

    love love LOVE this, i have been trying to find inspiration to decorate my newly-painted kitchen and this will look fantastic! found it on pinterest (by way of http://homesweethuis.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/10-diy-sunburst-mirrors/). Thanks for the great tutorial!! :)

  • Reply September 27, 2015

    Kathi Bailey

    I am going to try this but I have a ton of silverware that I want to make look vintage and don’t know how. I tried the overnight egg yolk covering but nothing. Any suggestions?????

  • Reply September 28, 2015

    Patricia Gardner

    I love, love, love this!!! Am going to try it with clear plastic cutlery that I will spray paint first.

    Thank you for sharing this great project.

  • Reply April 17, 2016


    What about repurposing plastic ware?

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