DIY Atomic Starburst Mirror, 50’s Decor it Yourself


Honey, I’m home! How was your day dear? Swell! And yours? Oh, you know, I sewed a few pieces for my independent business, I rewired the lamp in the living room I performed and herb-rap, and I made us an Atomic Startburst Mirror That’s my girl! Hello and welcome to Decor-It-Yourself, 1950s Edition! A few months ago I did a ThreadBanger blog post that was a round-up of the coolest DIY projects from Apartment Therapy’s February Jump Start contest Allison’s Starburst Mirror was one of the projects you viewers wanted to see on the show So here’s a tutorial on an 1950s inspired Starburst Mirror For this project you will need: One medium sized mirror Ours is 8 inches in diameter and we got it at our local craft store A piece of cardboard Sixteen 16 inch dowel rods Sixteen 10 inch bamboo skewers Galvanized wire A hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks A paint brush and 1-Step Liquid leaf. Ours is Pewter And, round mosaic mirrors in 3 sizes We’re using 16 large, 32 medium, and 32 small First, using a handmade compass, made a cardboard circle the same size as your mirror Make it a smidgen smaller because it will be the back piece and you don’t wanna see it With a ruler, divide the disk into 16 equal parts like cutting a pie With your hot glue gun, attack the 16 inch dowels to each line about half an inch up from the center Then take the skewers and attach them 1 1/2 inches down from the edge in between each dowel to have 2 different types and lengths coming out from the center Now you’re gonna paint both sides of your piece so you wanna elevate it to prevent the paint from sticking the table’s protective paper. Once elevated, paint both sides with your liquid leaf After the entire piece is dry, use your galvanized wire to create a hanging loop by feeding it through two holes in the front and twisting it in the back Then, add a couple dabs of hot glue to reinforce the holes Next, hot glue your center mirror to the cardboard, hiding the dowel ends Now take your little mirrors and glue them onto the front of the dowels Start with the large mirrors, and glue one to the end of each long dowel Next, take the medium sized mirrors and glue one to the end of each shorter skewer Now, on the long dowel, measure down 3 inches from the large mirror and glue a medium mirror Then, measure down 3 inches from the medium mirror on the shorter skewers and glue one small mirror Lastly, measure down 3 1/2 inches from the medium mirror on the large dowel and glue on a small mirror Repeat until each dowel and skewer has this pattern on it Hang the wire loop on a nail, and…viola! You have your design nod to the 50s And when we return, we’ll explore more 1950s decor Welcome back! Now that we have our Atomic 50s style Starburst Mirror Let’s see what else we can do to our home to travel back in time For inspiration check our Apartment Therapy’s article on Mad Men’s Mid Century Design Some other 50s decor elements are Kidney shaped coffee tables Formica dinettes Atomic patterned barkcloth And Black and White Checked floors with red checkered tablecloths 1950s Atomic Decor is just one of the designs genre’s that calls out to me What decades are represented in your home? Send in videos and photos to ThreadBanger Thanks so much for watching, and until next week, remember, Your Nest Needs You! Hey everyone, It’s time for a ThreadBanger contest announcement Our good friends over at Tricks were awesome enough to hook us up with the complete line of Generation T sewing supplies We’re talking DIY kits, tools, Iron-on, you name it Plus, we’re even giving away copies of Megan’s new book The rules are simple, all you gotta do is send us in a video of you giving your favorite t-shirt reconstruction tutorial. The more creative the better They’ll be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes as well as a ton of secondary prizes like sewing kits and ThreadBanger Shwag to anyone that submits a video. You’ll even have a chance to have your video featured on the show This contest runs ’till July 31st, so bust out those cameras, get those tutorials in, and check out the ThreadBanger blog for complete details Good luck.

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