Step 1: Gathering Supplies
LOTS of paint stirrers from Home Depot, Lowes, etc. (Make sure they are all from the same place & made of the same material or they will not look the same in the end.)
Spray Primer & Spray Paint (White primer, whatever color paint you want your suburst to be, I've even made chalkboard ones before)
Round mirror (I got mine at Hobby Lobby in the candle mirror section. The size of the mirror is entirely up to you, but the bigger the mirror, the more paint stirrers you will need)
Mirror Mastic & caulk gun (You can get this on the mirror aisle of the hardware store. It is what you use to hang mirrors on the wall.)
Hot glue & a hot glue gun
Shoe box or other cardboard
Wire (I used the kind you hang pictures with that you can get in the hardware aisle at Wal-Mart for a couple of dollars, but any kind that can support a decent weight should do.)
Step 2: Painting the Stirrers
Shake up the primer, and spray the side of your stirrers that does not have the logo for the store where you bought them. Make sure to get all of the edges.
Once the primer dries completely, spray your first paint layer on, again making sure to get all of the edges.
Depending on your paint & how well it covers, you may need a second, or even third, coat. I usually do two coats as a general rule.
*I really wish I had taken a picture of this step. Sorry!
Step 3: Organizing the Stirrers in a Circle
Do not glue anything together at this point.
Take your mirror, and form the first layer of stirrers according to how far out you want them to reach. Make sure that the stirrers are paint-side down.
Then place the second layer slightly further from the center. I chose to make the second circle hit right where the handles for the first layer were, just to detract any attention.
Then take the second layer off, just leaving the original circle.
Step 4: Gluing the Stirrers Together
After you have the first circle glued, put your second circle back on top of them and glue those also. With these, be careful not to use any glue that may be visible on the other side.
Step 5: Gluing the Mirror
Use your caulk gun to put mirror mastic on the stirrers where the mirror will sit. and gently put the mirror into place.
Once you have it in the perfect position, place a heavy object on top of the mirror to make sure that it creates a good bond. I used my old art history textbook.
You're going to leave it just like this for 24 hours. Any less, and the mirror mastic may not cure correctly.
Step 6: Attaching the Hanging Hardware
This cardboard is going to help with the weight distribution so that more than just two stirrers are holding your sunburst onto the wall.
Cut your wire slightly longer than the diameter of the mirror. Then use the thumbtacks to attach each end of the wire to opposing stirrers. I made small knots at the ends of the wire and put the thumbtacks through those knots just to be safe that it didn't detach.
You may need to hammer them in carefully depending on your thumb strength.
Once the thumbtacks are in, hold your mirror a few inches from the floor by the wire for a few minutes to make sure that it stays secured.
Step 7: Hanging It Up
I have my white sunburst against my white wall because I love how the shapes stand out even though they are the same color as the wall.