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Blast From The Past (DIY Sunburst Clock From 1971!!)

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

This morning when I woke up, I had an e-mail waiting for me from my mom with this picture attached.

That’s my brother, who is 14 years older than I am, in a very natural, clearly un-staged, non-posed photograph. 😀  My mom guesses that this photo is from 1971.  Yes, that’s 40 years ago.

Now let’s look closely at the clock on the wall in the background, hanging on that gorgeous paneling.

This is one of the very first DIY projects that my mom ever did.  It’s a DIY sunburst clock that she made out of cardboard spools that thread came on for the big commercial sewing machines.  She spray painted them gold, and then sprayed the bases and the tips black, and adhered them to a clock that she already had.  Pretty amazing, right?!  If you took that exact clock, spray painted it a solid white (or another solid color), you’d have a very current sunburst clock.

There really is nothing new under the sun!

But speaking of new, I also wanted to share this sunburst mirror that a reader, Jennie, sent me yesterday.  It’s a cell phone pic, but I think you’ll still be amazed.  She used my wood shim sunburst mirror instructions, and then put her own spin on it.

Isn’t that great?!  I’ve seen several different spins on my wood shim sunburst mirror, but this one takes the cake!

Thank you, Mom and Jennie, for sharing your creations!!

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    June 22, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Isn't it amazing how there really is nothing new under the sun(burst frame)?!

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    [email protected]
    June 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Funny – yes everything comes around and goes around – just tweaked ever so slightly.  It would be cool if she still had the clock.

    My best- Diane

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    Courageous Designs
    June 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Just beautiful.

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    June 25, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Am I cute or what?!  And I had NO idea there was a camera nearby capturing my CUTENESS!!  :~)))

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    June 26, 2011 at 3:53 am

    I believe you!  This looks completely natural and candid…not posed at all!  😀

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    Kim Perdew
    June 29, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Lovw your mom's mirror… I keep seeing those sunburst mirrors made from shims and I keep thinkin on making one of my own….. Would like it in White I think…. :o)

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    January 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Love It !!!