Awhile back, my husband and I were looking for a way to add a pop of color to our son’s room. He was still sleeping in a crib and his room was lacking character. We wanted to do something that would add a statement to his otherwise boring wall.
After some back and forth, we settled on painting a hexagon wall mural. We had seen some great examples online, and my husband is an engineer and good with math, so we figured how hard can it be?
Now, I won’t lie: painting a hexagon wall mural is not a typical DIY project. While it can be done in a single day, it requires a little more prep work and a lot more patience than simply painting a wall with a single color.
However, the extra effort is definitely worth it. Follow the guide below for some tips and pointers on creating your own hexagon wall mural and you’ll have a great piece of artwork that will stand out and create a unique feature for any room.
For your hexagon wall mural project, you’ll need the same basic supplies you would need for any painting job:
- Small paint roller with pan
- Paint brush
- Painter’s tape
- Tarp to protect floor
- White caulk if you plan to paint on a textured wall
In addition, you’ll also need a few extra supplies for this project:
- Flat piece of cardboard
- Box cutter
- Piece of string and a nail or thumbtack
- Ruler (measuring tape will work)
This is the most important step, so take your time. Creating the hexagon template accurately now will ensure the painting goes much smoother.
To start, we have to remember a little bit of geometry. You may recall that any hexagon with equal length sides can be inscribed inside a circle, as the the next image shows:
By László Németh – Own work, CC0, Link
Notice that all 6 points on the hexagon are on the circle. In fact, the length of each side of the hexagon is the same as radius of the circle.
Why is this important? Well, drawing a hexagon is hard, but drawing a circle is easy.
Remember earlier we listed a piece of string and thumbtack for materials? We’re going to use it to draw a perfect circle.
Start by tying one end of the string to the tack, and placing the tack firmly into the cardboard. Make sure the cardboard is sturdy and free of folds and creases.
Next, tie the other end of the string to a pencil. Keep in mind that whatever length of string you have between the thumbtack and pencil will determine how big your hexagons are.
For reference, we used a string length of 6 inches which gave us hexagons that were 12 inches at the widest points.
Holding the string tight, trace a full circle around the thumbtack. Take your time and make sure the entire circle is clearly drawn. Keep the string pulled tightly the entire time to ensure a nice, even circle.
Now, we’re going to mark the hexagon.
Remove the thumbtack but leave the string and pencil attached. Pick anywhere on the circle and place the thumbtack. Gently pull the string tight and mark wherever the pencil crosses the circle.
You’re going to repeat this by removing the thumbtack and placing it where the pencil last marked on the circle. When you’re all done, you’ll have marked 6 points on the circle that, when connected, form a perfect hexagon.
This video should help explain it a little better:
Using a straight edge, carefully connect the 6 dots on the circle. This will reveal the hexagon shape inside the circle.
Use the same straight edge and a sharp box cutter to cut out the hexagon shape.
If you’re doing a large space, consider using this hexagon template to create a couple more by simply tracing it onto another piece of cardboard. This will speed up the painting process later, but isn’t necessary.