A little over a month ago we closed on our first house! We’ve been busy painting and the other day I realized we haven’t hung anything on our beautiful walls. On one of the many trips to the home improvement stores I saw an end cap of wood shims and remembered a sunburst mirror I had seen on Pinterest using them. So I threw them in the cart and brought them home with the rest of the supplies I had gone for.

Then a few days later I noticed my husband had been using them on various projects! Oh no he didn’t!

That was all the motivation I needed to pull the glue gun out during naptime and use the shims for their intended purpose before he used them all up.

I used:

2 packs of wood shims ($5 ea)
10″ mirror (on sale for $2.50)
foam circle (but a cardboard circle would work too) ($7)
glue gun
Gorilla Glue

The total cost was under $20.

I started with by gluing down the longest set of rays first, and then adding the next layer in between to fill it in. I was really surprised by how well the glue gun holds it all together.

Then added the third layer of shortest rays, and Gorilla Glued the mirror on.

And then sat a heavy object on top while the glue dried.

It was a fast project that took about 30 minutes to glue together, but makes a big statement. The hardest part was deciding where to hang it. I went back and forth between the bedroom and the entry way.

The bedroom won! I love it and may love it even more since coming across this similar one at Ballard Designs with a very steep price tag! I thought about painting it white, but decided I like the variations of the natural wood and left it alone.

Have you DIY’d an expensive item for much less? Do share!


  1. Love it!! It looks fantastic above your bed…I’m heading to Home Depot today, I may need to buy me some shims! 🙂

  2. That is gorgeous! I love the natural wood look with the mirror. I think you should hang one above your bed AND in the entryway! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love the three layers you have going on there, wow, it’s so dramatic. I made one of shims too. I love it so much I might make another!


  4. Melissa Frances Says: September 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    WOW i am so impressed…awesome!! Love this idea!

    thanks SO much for sharing!!

    Melissa from Naches WA, now heading to the store and then the garage to make me one!!!

  5. I just want to let you know that I absolutely LOVED this idea, and I just finished making my own! I’m going to let it dry overnight and put it up on my wall tomorrow!

    I found a 10″ wooden circle at hobby lobby to use as the backing and before I started, I mounted some hardware on the back in order to hang it on the wall.

    I did the 3 different sized layers as well but the long and short layers I painted black and the middle layer I painted gold.

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU SOO SO MUCH because this was exactly what I needed for my living room!

  6. Great idea thanks for sharing it!! I love this!!

  7. How did you get the shims to lay so flat when they are overlapping? I’m trying to make this and when I am done laying out all the shims the mirror does not lay flat against the shims and is raised in the middle. Any suggestions would be helpful:-)

    • Oh it’s not flat! On the 3rd layer I broke some of the ends off to help fit them all in. But they were still built up. Amazingly, the hot glue holds the shims on really well so if you can make contact with the mirror on the outside edge it holds! Good luck

  8. I LOVE the double layers! I jumped on that band wagon too and made one back in May but the movers broke it and I had to redo it:-) Still loving it…just found your site…I’m off to stalk:-)

  9. Did you poly it? Poly will bring out the natural beauty of the wood, but it will help with dusting. I made that mistake 1 time only. 🙂 Beautiful mirror- I think I might try it. Sounds easy enough. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Thanks to pinterest I found this site and this amazing mirror. I wanted to know how did you hang it? I am scared to attach anything to the shims because they are held by hot glue.

  12. Nice job! I love the different wood colors. 😉


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