I saw the sunburst popping up everywhere, including Pinterest! I pinned a few to my boards. Yo, and to my knowledge they are the original creative folks. Thanks y’all This sweet blog isabella and max rooms was asked by HGTV.COM for a list of projects – I think I got that right. Ha
How the Sea Urchin Sunburst was born!
Here’s where the sunburst takes a turn to the ocean. I wanted twigs, like this sunburst. Look how pretty her sunburst is? But apparently I wasn’t paying attention when she lined the twigs up evenly. I was too busy drooling over the twigs! Thats ok – you wouldn’t have seen the uneven mess in my original plan. And then – it was TOO large for my original location…so always have a backup plan! All artist have back up plans. Yes, they do!
I made my trip to IKEA in the rain, that’s how bad I wanted this project! The twigs are located in the living plant department. I bought two packages. I wasn’t sure how long or how many twigs I would need to cut down. In the end, one package would have been plenty. I kept the second package and used it for decor in my living room – it was a wild decision, I know you’re shocked …. That or drive back to IKEA. I love IKEA as much as anyone…just not the traffic.
This project took longer than I wanted (it’s my own fault for not taking precise measurements) – my hands had cramps, from most of the cutting…until I decided to use the yard tools (again, my fault…when cutting twigs always go for the yard tools and not the kitchen scissors) – I can actually hear you laughing! I burnt many fingers with hot glue. My circle wasn’t working out – I had to pull a handful of twigs off and re-hot glue them. That involved more hot glue burns. And then it was TOO big for the location originally planned for (again…precise measurements!!). So back to the idea board – that’s where it sat …or hung (the very visible dining room wall) out for a bit while I came up with a back up.
Removing and hot-gluing again…burning fingers again
After the first idea failed miserably, I needed to think outside the box or rather – what round object would cover the uneven twig mess going on in the middle of my sunburst. I knew I wanted something that didn’t weigh too much – and I was too worried to hot glue a mirror to the twigs…since the hanging location had been changed. In changing the location to the stairwell, I didn’t think a mirror was safe. Who wants shards of mirror embedded into their friends. Not this girl! Safety First!
I was exhausted, I started drinking (my best thinking happens three margaritas in…I kid! Extra salt!)… but never gave up. I was looking at pillows in Target – for our bedroom…not for the center of the sunburst. A pillow as the center would certainly cover up the uneven twig mess, but not the look I was going for. It would be safe for my friends, though, if it fell off the wall. So…fast forward to my “oh yeah” moment I had! Hello, kitchen section – but more importantly, hello chargers!! There it was…it was perfect – it was the most beautiful charger ever! The answer to my prayers – my quest was finally over!! And it was cork!! Instant love…even at ten dollars!
Uh? No mirror? Well isn’t that what a “sunburst” is? Not in this house!
Sometimes things just don’t work out like you see them in your mind and that’s ok!
I hung it in the stairwell – because it was the only wall large enough to hold my sea urchin sunburst creation.