PVC Sunburst Mirror {Tutorial}

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diy PVC mirror over mantel
I have to admit it…this project was completely created by my Handy Hubby! I showed him my original inspiration back in April, and it only took four months to finally cross it off of our neverending to-do list!
DIY mirror made from PVC pipe

He started by cutting two 8-foot lengths of PVC pipe into 1″ thick slices. You could probably do this by hand with PVC snippers or a hand saw, but since we wanted the edges to be as smooth as possible he used his chop saw (which also ensured that the pieces were an even thickness). Trust me when I say that you’re going to want to do this part outside…it looked like a gigantic pile of static-charged snow outside of our garage when he was finished! The pipe and saw also get hot during the process, so you’ll need to take several short breaks to let the equipment cool off.

cute home decor DIY mirror

Now for the fun part – arranging and choosing your layout! This is the part that made our project take way longer than necessary. Like months longer. We are the most indecisive people ever, remember? Apparently we’re awesome at making projects take weeks longer than necessary!

awesome sunburst upcycled mirror

We must have gone through about a dozen different layouts before I finally said, “Glue the thing together already! Just do what the inspiration looked like!” Only it wasn’t that simple, because our mirror was much larger than the inspiration, and we wanted our finished piece to be large enough to make a statement over our mantle. So, I threw my hands up and turned the project completely over to my husband, and this is what he came up with! It may look a little skewed because I was trying to take photos of it without the ceiling fan or HVAC registers showing up in the reflection, but it’s perfectly laid out in real life.

cool mirror over fall fireplace decor
He glued all of the pieces together with PVC glue (he also created a hidden inner ring to give more support to the mirror), and I gave the entire piece a couple of light coats of white spray paint to even it out and cover the text and markings on the pipe. To finish it off he used Amazing Goop adhesive to attach a 12″ beveled mirror that we picked up at the craft store.
I {LOVE} it! Our finished piece is about 30″ wide, and it was super easy to create. Seriously, you could get this done start-to-finish in about a day…as long as you don’t have a problem making up your mind! There really are SO many different layout and color options that make this such a fun and customizable piece of artwork!
close up of pvc size used for mirror

signature from Heidi, Happiness is Homemade


  1. I am so in love with this idea! I have a gigantic wall and a very small budget. I think your mirror would be a perfect fit for it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Your husband made that?! Wow, great job! I’m a new follower from Homework’s blog hop. Come join my blog hop, if you get time.

  3. I love that PVC is popping up lately. Great take on the sunburst…{someone just linked up a real cool PVC winerack at my Thursday party}If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you there!

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