Dollar Store Challenge: Sunburst Mirror

Last week, we spent time visiting my parents in the Seattle area. Other than the entire household contracting a nasty respiratory virus (courtesy of my daughter), we had a great time spending time with family.

My brother and his fiancee live in the area and I was really excited to see them and catch up. While we were there we decided to do a couples’ challenge using Dollar Store items. The challenge is to create something using $5 worth of Dollar Store items to re-purpose into something else that can be sold on Craigslist for the most money. We are allowed to use paint, glue/adhesive, nails, staples and other bonding products, but that is about it.

Our deadline isn’t until May 15th, so the competition isn’t over yet, but in the process of brainstorming projects, I came up with this idea, which I may or may not use in the actual competition.

A Sunburst Mirror:

DIY Dollar Store Sunburst Mirror

DIY Dollar Store Sunburst Mirror. $5.

This project can be done for as little as $3. However, I spent the full $5 on mine. I will show you both versions.

I started out with these three basic items:

DIY Dollar Store Sunburst Mirror

Candle mirror, candle plate and mini plastic spoons.


I started by hot gluing the spoons in a circle. It helps to do the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions first and then evenly space in between these 4 points. Hot glue them like CRAZY so they will stay in place.

You can then spray paint the entire thing, front and back:

DIY Sunburst Mirror

After painting both sides and letting it dry, you can hot glue the mirror if you choose the $3 version of this mirror. If you want the $5 version DO NOT glue the mirror yet.

I decided after the fact that I wanted to embellish it a little:

DIY Dollar Store Sunburst Mirror

You can glue dollar store toothpicks in between the spoons to add a little more detail.

Obviously, I had to go back and repaint once I added these. If you know ahead of time you want to add them you can wait to paint the entire thing until after the toothpicks are added.

After everything dried, I hot glued the mirror on (tons of glue again!), and then added these jewels to each spoon end:

Dollar Store gems

Dollar Store gems from the craft/school supply aisle.

And that’s how I got this:

DIY Dollar Store Sunburst Mirror

DIY Dollar Store Sunburst Mirror. $5.

Use glass bonding glue to apply hanging hardware in the back. Follow all the directions to assure it dries and bonds properly.

So that is about it! I will let you know if I end up using this, or if I choose something else. And of course I will announce the winner when all is said and done (provided we win;)).

Winter wreath for less than $10

I think that my favorite DIY project this winter was this wreath:

Winter WreathIt was inexpensive, fun, and easy to do. The most challenging part was fitting all the pieces together to try to avoid gapping. But I brought home a bunch of tiny pine cones with me from Hawaii that worked great to fill in small gaps.

You probably think I have some sort of pine cone fetish. You’re probably right. When I found these beautiful Ponderosa pine cones in my neighborhood and realized that stores were selling packs of pine cones for several dollars, I went on a pine cone scavenge. I picked the best of the best and scattered them throughout my decor all over my house. It was free, what can I say?

Combining these pine cones with some dollar store ornaments and a pack of thrift store ornaments, I was able to create this cute little wintry wreath. Once again I used the bronze pine cone ornaments from the dollar store to help fill in the spaces. I also found a few silver ones as well. And around Christmas time you can find loads of bagged ornaments at the thrift store for a really reasonable price. I stumbled on a bag of white glass pine cone ornaments mixed with some white bells. I incorporated them into the project and hot glued everything to a foam floral ring from the dollar store.

Winter WreathWith any of these DIY projects, the important thing is to remember to keep an open mind and let yourself be inspired by what you find. If you spend enough time on Pinterest or other blogs looking at ideas, you’re bound to find something similar when you’re out on a thrift store hunt.

This wreath was my inspiration:

Wreath InspirationSince I already had this in the back of my mind, the items I found at the Dollar Tree and the thrift store jumped out at me. Your end product may not always be the same, but that’s usually a good thing.