I have seen hundreds of these on home decor blogs. Some made with paint sticks, some with drift wood, twigs and even….shims . Before I started this project, I thought I would make a couple (assembly-line-style) to give as Christmas gifts. Ummmm…..not gonna happen. I had no less than 10 “rays” pop off while I was totin’ this thing around from room to room. I dropped it at least twice. I am going to construct one more smaller mirror. This time, however, I will spray paint the dowels instead of hand paint (duh-huh), and glue the teeny tiny mirrors on AFTER I attach the rays (der…doy…duh), and try extra hard not to drip the hot glue on the mirrors (as well as hubbies stereo speaker….sorryboutthat).