DIY Tutorial: Natural Rope Sunburst

I really dig sunbursts, but have stayed away from making my own because it's been such a popular DIY project. Sometimes I'm a rebel like that, not doing something just because it's trendy. One day, while pondering ways to re-use some dried leaves, it hit me that the leaves would look great fanned outward---and so the natural sunburst idea was born. I really love this project because it's not your typical sunburst creation & because I've been on a kick with DIY rope decor projects lately.

DIY Natural Sunburst tutorial sisal rope hot glue plywood circle dried leaves repurposing natural earthy wall decor green The Decor Guru

This sunburst is very easy to make and involves repurposing some rope and dried leaves. Its natural aesthetic will complement many decor styles, from tropical to shabby chic. Find out how to make this natural sunburst after the jump.

All of the materials I already had on hand: sisal rope (1/4″ in diameter), hot glue & gun, sawtooth picture hanger & nails, a 10″ plywood circle, and dried leaves. I wish could tell you what kind of leaves these are, but I got them years ago from IKEA and they seem to no longer sell them. 😦

1. Mark the center of your wood circle.

2. Adding hot glue, glue the end of the rope to the center mark. Continue gluing the rope to the wood circle until it is completely covered.

DIY Natural Sunburst tutorial sisal rope hot glue plywood circle dried leaves repurposing natural earthy wall decor green The Decor Guru3. Glue rope to the outside edge of the wood circle. This step is truly optional, but I prefer it so it hides the wood circle.

4. Once the glue is dry, plan the arrangement of your leaves by laying them on the back of the circle. Take into account how far you want the leaves to extend outwards, keeping them even or varied if desired. Make sure to leave enough space for your hanger. Also, ensure each leaf is evenly spaced along the circle.

5. When you’re happy with your arrangement, glue the bottoms of the leaves to the back of the circle. Remove any of those fine glue stringies (does anyone have tips on avoiding these???).

DIY Natural Sunburst tutorial sisal rope hot glue plywood circle dried leaves repurposing natural earthy wall decor green The Decor Guru

6. Attach the sawtooth picture hanger to the back of the circle.

7. Hang your unique sunburst on the wall and delight in its earthy beauty!

DIY Natural Sunburst tutorial sisal rope hot glue plywood circle dried leaves repurposing natural earthy wall decor green The Decor Guru

So far, the sunburst is hanging in my living room with my whitewashed bamboo blinds. I’m slowly making over the living room with a more natural energy and earthy decor. One of the ways I’m doing this is by infusing more greenery into the space. This sunburst is a great way to do this—especially because it doesn’t require watering or care!

What do you think of the sunburst as an accessory—has the trend passed or is it a classic design? Do you have a sunburst in your home? Have you recently crafted some decor from rope?

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18 Comments on DIY Tutorial: Natural Rope Sunburst

  1. This is just charming! I have seen sunbursts showing up in interior design–either using new updated designs or going retro with thrift store or flea market finds. I love the use of natural materials in yours. It’s perfect for your overall interior design plan. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is so sweet and I love how you interpreted the sun burst into artwork for you…very clever!

  3. That is really lovely! I love the look of it, it really brings nature inside your home. Thank you for linking it up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase this week!


  4. Fantastic idea, it is the most creative thing I’ve seen in a while. Thanks Angela for visiting & for your lovely comment. Sorry, it took me some time to get back to you!

  5. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life // 07/09/2013 at 8:31 AM // Reply

    Now this is so clever and so creative. Great tutorial too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. very pretty your rope sunburst and you are very creative! 🙂 love it! 🙂

  7. How pretty! I’ve never seen one done like this with the leaves and rope for a natural look. Love it!

  8. This is a great project and so different than the normal sunburst mirrors! Very unique and creative. Thank you linking up to the Thrifty Thursday link party!

  9. Oh oh! You may have started a new trend – sunbursts made out of natural materials! Be prepared for your notariety 🙂 Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick.

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