When we first moved into our house (3 years ago) the day after we got married, I was very unsure of how to decorate our new home. Most of our art and nice furniture came from my parents because they were moving out of the country and couldn’t take everything with them. In our living room space there is an adjacent wall to our guest room that was so big and empty, the wall was almost crying out it was lonely!
Three years later, I’ve slowly but surely built a wall pattern that fits our needs. In the before picture (below) you’ll see I’ve created a pyramid shape. The clipboards will act to hold larger pieces of lil’ bunnies art, and the smaller frames will hold either pictures or sayings. I painted the forest scene with some girlfriends last year for my birthday at Social Paint Brush. It was so much fun that we did a couple more after that.
At the end of last week, I was staring at my wall after putting babes to sleep and while watching my K-drama shows. It looked so bare and again I felt the need to fill it. I started searching Pinterest for inspiration on wall decor. I wanted something that popped, was beautiful to look at, and easy on my budget. Through my search I found these three pins: Pin #1, Pin #2, Pin #3. It was perfect and all three posts are great sources with directions. I will share what I did with mine and the struggles I had along the way.
Supplies as seen in picture:
Color paper, paper cutter/Scissors, glue gun, cardboard, 8 inch circle,pencil
Note 1 – At first I tried cutting my 8 inch circle with my circle cutter and didn’t realize until I took it out of the package that it went up to 5 inches. So I used a small desert plate to trace a pattern onto a magazine. I measured the circumference and made adjustments so that it was 8 inches. Then traced the pattern onto the cardboard and cut out.
Measurements and Cones
Note 2 – The hardest part for me was making the cones uniform. I was being a little OCD about them being the same height. But near the end of making the cones, I just tried to make the opening about the same width.
My paper measurements for the cones:
– 20 pieces of light gray, 8 x 5.5 inches
– 20 pcs dark gray, 8 x 5.5
– 20 pcs dark coral/pink, 8 x 5.5
– 15 pcs dark coral/pink, 4 x 6
– 10 pcs light coral/pink, 4 x 6
The number of cones are what I used for my decor, but it may be different depending on your 8 inch circle and how you make your cones. Also it took me a minute to remember how to roll up the cones. Quick Tutorial on Rolling Cones – holding your sheet of paper in a portrait position, I started at the bottom left corner and rolled from bottom left towards upper right. You may have to play with it to get it right, especially to have a wider opening of the mouth.
Light Gray 8 x 5.5 20 pieces
Note 3 – I only rolled the cones per layer, laid them out on the cardboard, glued them down, and then started the next set. I wanted to make sure I didn’t make too many cones. I also glued the point of the cone flat so that it would be easier to glue to cardboard.
Dark Gray and Dark Coral
8 x 5.5 20 pieces each
Note 4 – After I had my light gray base down, the following layers I would lay out on top before gluing down. I also wanted to make sure I liked the placement and overall look of the petals.
Not glued in yet, testing look of dahlia
Finished Paper Dahlia Wall Decor
Note 5 – Before I started the petals, I attached picture command stickers to back of 8 inch circle. I don’t like using a hammer and nail to hang my pictures and art, only because I tend to change things around. The picture above is with all the petals glued down. It was surely a labor and I love how it looks.
Paper Dahlia hung on wall
My pyramid is complete!
My dahlia colors are similar to Love Pomegranate House, but since I have a darker wall, I used the light gray as the base before layering the dark gray. I really love how it turned out. I finished this on Tuesday and that night I kept looking at it and smiling. It makes me happy to make something with things I already have. Hope you can try this craft out. It took me a total of 3-4 days, spending about 2 hours a day (8 hours total). But that’s because I would do a little bit each time.
Have a great weekend!