DIY Paper Circle Art

I’ve been wanting to hang some sort of colorful art in a particular spot in the laundry room for a couple of months now. I was waiting for inspiration to strike and when I had these tissue paper circles leftover from Jack’s birthday party I had an idea.

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I got out a piece of white construction paper (though in retrospect I could’ve used regular printer paper or cardstock-I wasn’t sure how or whether I’d frame it at first so bigger seemed better) and started at the bottom layering tissue paper circles in rows.

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My technique was basically to paint a thin layer of mod podge (you could also use watered down glue), lay down a row of circles, repeat. I didn’t stress about perfection.

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It took me less than an hour to complete and was actually a really relaxing thing for me to do while Jack was napping. Notice how I made the circles overlap the edges of the paper. I figured I’d just fold them over or trim them with scissors.

I went over a couple ideas for mounting it to the wall, including just sticking it up there with some tape, and in the end I decided to frame it. I trimmed it down to 8.5×11 to fit in this Ikea frame but it just didn’t look right.

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So Jack, Pawpaw, and I headed out to Michael’s to pick up this $7 frame. I laid the paper on top of the mat for a more casual look.

I. Love. It. I was hoping for it to look like scallops and it doesn’t, but it does kind of look like bubbles and that’s cool too. I still need to find a pretty pot or basket for that hanging plant.


If you wanted something more subtle you could paint over it with a single color so the texture would still come through but the colors wouldn’t. I really like the hit of color on the white wall though.

I would’ve taken down the baby gate for a prettier picture, but Jack was there ready and waiting to make a beeline for the dog’s bowls given any opportunity. Oddly enough he doesn’t seem to mind the gate.

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The other day I mentioned that I finally figured out how to let Juliet come and go from the laundry room while keeping Jack out. See how I just mount the gate about six inches off the ground? A dachshund can crawl under but a baby can’t. I can’t believe it took me so long to think of it!

It felt good to get back into the crafting groove after a few weeks of not doing much of anything creative! Now I’ve got plans for a few more little projects around the house, but I’m still putting the bulk of my time towards family right now (and studying for my LCSW exam, which it looks like I may FINALLY be taking soon!). I’m off to work today-hope you each have a lovely Tuesday!

2 Responses to “DIY Paper Circle Art”

  1. Alden July 23, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Pretty and colorful! Also jack is adorable! My pumpkin!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap July 29, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Thank you! He is a little pumpkin.

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