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I often get asked how I come up with my DIY ideas and projects. I usually answer that question with, “I have no idea!” The honest answer though is much clearer. Probably like a lot of you, I flip through countless home decor+design magazines [West Elm, HGTV magazine, Ballard Designs just to name a few]. I also scan regularly through a few of my favorite websites and e-magazines [Target and Lonny].
Today I’m sharing a prime example of how inspiration becomes another DIY project.
I am addicted to almost anything Mr. Nate Berkus designs and this abstract starburst wall decor is no exception. Plus I love that it’s free-form and a new take on the overly-popular starburst mirror+ brass sea urchin decor. So, I had my inspiration. Now comes the brain storming on how to re create it. Off to the garage for supplies!
I then started snipping off the sharp pointy end of the bamboo skewers with kitchen scissors.
After doing this to about 40 skewers I started creating the abstract starburst. I used a scrap piece of vinyl to protect my work surface. I suggest using something tough like vinyl, maybe aluminum foil might work well too, since your piece will slide off easily. Next I simply glued 3 skewers together to create a base.
The rest is so easy. Just glue your bamboo skewers on wherever you think looks best. Just be sure to glue each skewer on at least 2 points so it’s secure.
Once I had the size and appearance I liked, I let the glue completely dry for a few minutes. Then I grabbed a spatula and shimmied the starburst off. Since I used hot glue, of course I was left with those nagging threads and globs of glue. Just pull both off gently.
I had a ton of leftover lollipop sticks from my jewelry organizer project so I decided to use them to create another starburst. I simply followed the above steps.
Once I was done creating both starbursts, I took them outside to spray paint each. I chose to make one black and one gold.
The hardest part of this project?? Finding the perfect spot to hang them!
Since these weigh about as much as a marshmallow, you can attach them to the wall using a tiny nail. The gold starburst measures 13″x13″ and the black 9″x12″.
From start to finish, this project took all of 20 minutes. Just enough time to scratch that “I-must-create-something-today-or-I-will-go-crazy” itch. If you haven’t noticed, I try to keep most of my DIY’s to 30 minutes or less so my kids don’t feel ignored and I don’t feel guilty for having creative Mama time.
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