Mirror Close Up

This has got to be the most unusual item I’ve ever crafted with, thus far.  Any guesses as to what I used to make my sunburst mirror?

Like a lot of you, I’m a budget crafter.  I’m always looking for ways to repurpose or recycle what I have.  Why buy it if you can make it, right?  I obviously get this from my mother, because when she brought me a large container full of shiny fish scales I agreed with her that they were too pretty to put in the trash.  They’re nearly unbreakable, and they remind me of capiz shells.

My mother cleaned the scales in soapy water before bringing them to me.  If you’re not a big fish eater, you could recreate this look with silk flower petals.  The bridal section at Dollar Tree has a bag of white silk petals that would make a beautiful sunburst mirror like this one.

Make Mirror with Fish Scales

Project estimate:

  • Fish Scales, on hand
  • Frame, on hand or $1
  • Glue gun, on hand
  • Mirror, on hand or $1 and up

Total:  Free or $1 and up

Steps for Fish Scale Mirror
To make your own sunburst mirror:

Step one:  Paint the frame white.

Step two:  Start from the outside edge and glue a row of scales around the frame.

Step three:  Continue filling in rows until the frame is covered.

Step four:  Insert a mirror.  I actually did not have a mirror to fit this frame, so I sprayed Krylon’s Looking Glass paint on a piece of plastic I cut from a package.

Your new sunburst mirror is now ready to be displayed!  What do you think, would you craft with fish scales?  What’s the most unusual item you’ve ever crafted with?

Fish Scale DIY Mirror2