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Embossed Glue Sun Burst

By: Heidi Borchers for Inspired at Home

Bring some southwest decor into your home with this embossed glue sun burst project, compliments of Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home. The rays of the sun are accented with beaded wire. This makes a very unique home decor accent.

You can also listen to this project as you craft, read by Heidi Borchers. Listen


Glue Embossed Sun Burst



  • Canvas – hexagon (6 sides) 14”diameter
  • Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
  • Pencil
  • Scotch tape
  • Acrylic paints – black plus assorted colors (pick three shades of blue for the background and 3 – 6 shades of yellow/orange/burnt orange/red for the sun)
  • Brush - ½” wide
  • Beads
  • Wire - 22 gauge
  • Flat marbles - 1½”
  • Drill with 1/16” drill bit
  • Palette (aluminum foil or paper plate or glass plate)


  1. Using photo as guide, draw design onto canvas with pencil.
  2. Place a tape nozzle onto the bottle of glue. See technique for help.
  3. Draw with glue along the pencil lines. Let dry completely.
  4. Paint entire canvas with black acrylic paint. Let dry.
  5. All remaining colors are brushed onto canvas in layers starting with darkest color, first and ending with lightest color. To create the dry-brush effect, dip brush into paint and then swipe the brush several times on a dry paper towel to remove almost all the paint. Lightly brush onto canvas. Repeat for each color.
  6. Cut wire into 24 pieces 6“ to 8“ long each. Add beads onto wire and twist wires loosely around pencil. Unwind slightly to create loose curls.
  7. Measure and drill 12 holes around outside edge of canvas. Place small amount of glue into holes and place 1 wires into holes. Let dry completely.
  8. For 12 wires on canvas, make a hole in canvas with pin. Insert wires and twist end at back to prevent from slipping back through canvas.
  9. Glue flat marbles for the cheeks.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: If you want a more textured effect on the background, brush Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™ onto the canvas in thick strokes. Let it dry completely and then paint with acrylic. The dry brush effect looks particularly good on highly textured surfaces.



















Other Glue Embossing Projects:

Embossed Glue Bookmarks

Embossed Glue Floral Frame

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