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The Moxie of Geometric Decor

 

Hexagons are gaining popularity in home décor. Making your own hexagon wall art can be a simple and affordable DIY project which can add a lot oomph to your space.

This project requires a space to attach your art, either an expanse of blank wall or a large piece of wood. I opted to arrange my hexagon pattern on a plank of sanded and stained plywood because I would probably have been shunned if I’d used a permanent adhesive on our walls. I like the look of the art just casually leaning against the wall; accidentally on purpose. Red, gold and blue were obvious choices for this project because it was destined for the spare bedroom, which has a very pretty fan mounted on the wall containing those colours that had, until now, looked oddly out of place.

DIY Hexagon Wall Art

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You’ll Need:

  • Wall space or an alternative surface (i.e. a wood plank)
  • 12 pieces of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock
  • Craft paint or spray paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Permanent double-sided adhesive strips (i.e. Command strips)
  • Scissors and paper cutter
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Cutting mat with measurements (optional)

Directions:

1. This project used hexagons with 5″ sides. Place your paper on your cutting mat and measure 3″ from each end on the two long sides.

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2. A hexagon’s inside angles are 120°. Place your protractor’s centre on the marks you just made and mark at the 120° point. You should now have 4 sets of dashed lines on your paper.

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3. Use a ruler or straight edge to connect the dots and extend the lines to the edge of the card stock.

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4. Using a paper cutter like a Cricut is much faster then cutting each hexagon by hand with scissors.

step_cut Step_hexagon

5.  Apply the paint in multiple light coats (3 was sufficient for me). Though card stock is thick it can still warp. Craft paint is generally odourless, goes on smooth and dries fast. You can alternatively apply multiple light coats of spray paint. For comparison, the blue hexagons were painted with Martha Stewart craft paint, while the red and gold hexagons were spray painted. The result is essentially the same.

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6. After the paint has dried you can see the edges curled slightly. This doesn’t matter; the adhesive tape will take care of it.

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7. Assemble your finished hexagons, your adhesive tape and your scissors where you’ll be attaching the pieces.

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8. Make sure each corner has some adhesive tape to keep the hexagons perfectly flat on the surface. A piece in the center won’t hurt either.

Step_tape

9. Peel off the adhesive backing and apply to the surface. I used a level to make sure my first hexagon was square, then eye-balled the remaining pieces. You can measure your spacing if you want.

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All done!

Note: You may have noticed I cut some of my hexagons in half and created an asymmetrical pattern that is comprised of multiple groupings. I went with this look because I used plywood I had on hand and it wasn’t wide enough for three hexagons across.  

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