Look For Less: Anthropologie-Inspired Starburst Mirror
Get the look for less and create your own Anthropologie-inspired mirror using simple supplies like styrofoam and wire.
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Sometimes all you need to make a room stand out is it a little shimmer from a mirror!
When I saw the Queen Anne's Lace Mirror from Anthropologie, I swear I felt a little pitter patter from my heart. I thought the mirror was absolutely stunning. The gold bent wires that came out from the mirror were so delicate looking, even though they were made out of wire. I took on the challenge of creating my own version of this eye-catching piece using supplies we sell here at Blitsy. I think what I ended up with is pretty spot-on to the real deal!
To create my Anthropologie lookalike, I used styrofoam and wire. The real mccoy actually uses metal. Since I am no metalsmith, my styrofoam disc and mirror worked perfectly to achieve a similar look to the real deal. I didn't even have to use glue for my wires. Nope. I just pushed the ends of my wires into the styrofoam and they were nicely secured. Score! This mirror would look great in an entryway, bedroom, living room, or bathroom. Who am I kidding, this mirror would look great anywhere!
Here's what you'll need:
- 8 Inch Styrofoam Disc
- 7 Inch Round Mirror
- 12 Gauge Gold Wire (5 Packages)
- Gold Acrylic Paint
- Wire Cutters
- Thumb Tack
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- E6000 Glue
Let's get crafty!
First, you are going to cover your styrofoam disc with a layer of gold acrylic paint. I painted my entire disk, but really you only have to go in about 2 inches since your mirror will cover most of your styrofoam. After your paint has dried, go ahead and add another coat of paint and let dry.
While you paint is drying, grab your wire and wire cutters. Cut your wires so they are 22 inches long. Continue cutting your wires until you have cut all 5 of your wire packages.
Grab one wire and line-up the ends. You want your wire to take a leaf-like shape. To add more character, bend your wire so the "leaf" you created is not perfect and comes to a point at the end.
Take the point end of your leaf and stick it in the side of your styrofoam disc. The foam will hold your wire in place.
You will add three more leaves to your styrofoam, creating a cross.
Next, add leaves in-between the four wires already in your styrofoam.
Continue adding your wires to your styrofoam until all of them have been added. Don't be afraid to place wire in front of other wires, layering is good! Once all of your wires have been added.
Add E6000 glue to the back of your mirror.
Glue your mirror to the center of your styrofoam.
Cut a piece of twine about 4 inches long and tie a knot at the end.
Add a thumb tack to the center of your knot. Place a dab of hot glue (for some reason my E6000 did not work well) on the end of your thumb tack.
Place your thumb tack in the back of your styrofoam. Let the glue dry.
Now that your mirror is complete, all you have to do is decide where you will hang this beauty!
I chose to hang my mirror in our dressing room here at the office. I think it really adds a touch to the space.
You can see my inspiration below along with my version of the gorgeous Anthropologie mirror. I think it looks pretty spot-on. What do you think?
Top image via Anthropologie