One thing I’ve learned from endless hours spent watching HGTV is that a coat of paint is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to refresh a space. Influenced by my favorite designers Candice Olsen and Sarah Richardson (Scott Magillvrary is easy on the eyes, I mean has nice designs, too), I like to create some drama and interest in a room by using patterns. I’ve painted wide horizontal stripes in our dinning room, thin vertical stripes in the powder room and circles in L’s nursery. The first two were nothing a little painter’s tape couldn’t handle. The circle pattern, however, proved to be a bit of a thinker, especially when I had the pregnancy fog.
I thought I would share how I created the graphic circle pattern.
Step 1: I hunted down some tools. A piece of string and two pencils will do the trick but conveniently I had a giant safety compass and chalk on hand. The perks of my job!
Step 2: I measured the length and width of the wall and decided on the radius of the circles. Since I wanted a more graphic look, I needed the circles to be fairly large. I did some division using the length of the wall and went with 22 inches as the diameter (11 inches as the radius).
Step 3: I drew all of the outer circles starting from the upper left corner of the wall. Using the length of the radius, I measured 11 inches from the ceiling down and side in. The intersection point was the center of my first circle. I placed the center of my compass there and drew the circle.
For the second circle, I measured 22 inches down from the center of the first circle and 11 inches in from the wall. I marked that point then drew a circle. I repeated this process all the down to the bottom of the wall. The circles on the very bottom did not go all the way around. I didn’t mind since they were covered by furniture anyway.
I started the second column by measuring 22 inches (length of the diameter) to the right of the center of first column, marked the center then drew the next circle. Things after this point were pretty systematic. It didn’t take long before all the outer circles were complete.
Step 4: This was the easy part. Using the already marked centers, I drew the inner circles. I made the radius of the inner circles 2 inches shorter creating a band between the circles.
Step 5: I painted the space between the outer and inner circles with a small paint brush. Whenever I “colored outside of the lines”, I used a little wall paint to fix the spot.
There are probably more efficient ways to create this patten, but this approach worked for me. Have you painted any patterns? Or are you thinking of creating a pattern on your wall? Share your projects and ideas with us. We’d happy to help you figure out the math too.
Back in my college days, I took an Econ class, and daily I would argue with the professor that you could buy time. I admit, I was annoying and not very adept at Econ (I’m still not), but I think I had a point. While time is not a good, it is something of value. I usually want more of it, which is why I am all about those quick and easy crafts like my Easy Burlap Bubble Wreath or my Twine Wrapped Carrots. So, as Easter is just down the bunny trail, I thought I would share some super quick $5 and 5 minutes or fewer Easter Decor ideas (Pssss… want a lesson on less v. fewer? Click here!)
First Up—Easter Egg Tree
Everything you need to recreate this can be found at The Dollar Tree. The branches of Forsythia and Pussy Willows and the Easter Egg ornaments. 2 packs of eggs, 3 branches of foliage= DONE! $5 and 5 minutes or fewer Easter Decor.
Next– Easy DIY Paper Bunny Banner
I loved my Easy St. Patrick’s Day Banner so much that I made one for Easter. Check out the tutorial here, but sub out the shamrocks for bunnies. I used the following template for my bunnies. This was a free craft as I had all the materials already. You hate me, don’t you?
And for the kids, a paper plate bunny and painted Easter egg
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Head on over to The Dollar Tree because that’s where I got all the supplies needed for my oldest little guy to make him.
And for Ronan, he got to wield a paintbrush and paint an egg cut out of an old manila folder (anyone ever call them Vanilla Folders? Or was that just my weird self?)
I am a big fan of decorating for each of the seasons/holidays. Some of my good friends aren’t, but they put up with my seasonal decor (and me) anyway. And for that, I thank them!