DIY Hexagon Sharpie Wallpaper {tutorial}

Yo!  Today is the day that I finally tell you what is going on with the walls in my living room.  Lots of you have commented wondering about the large hexagons that have shown up in some recent posts.  So it is time to let the cat out of the bag.  That my friends is what a girl does when she can’t find or doesn’t want to deal with wallpaper.  That is what I like to call Hexagon Sharpie Wallpaper!

DIY Sharpie Wallpaper

There really is no actual wallpaper involved here.  Just your walls, a sharpie, and a slightly steady hand.  Are you scared?  Don’t be.  I tested it out and if you ever change your mind, you can just paint right over it.  So that means a whole heck of a lot of impact for the cost of paint and a pack of metallic sharpies.  What is that about 30 bucks or so?  And you can achieve this!

DIY Hexagon Sharpie Wallpaper

This was one of those projects that I didn’t tell the hubs the details of.  I knew that saying out loud that I was going to draw on our walls with Sharpie would add a few days of negotiating onto my project time, and well to be honest, I didn’t know if it would even turn out.  But when I was done, “mind blown” might just be the perfect description!

This project did not take nearly as much time as I thought it would.   Here is how I did it.

I painted my walls in a light blue color first.  They were a greige before and I wanted to lighten up the room and add color.  That was the most time consuming part.

Once that is done, gather up some supplies for the Hexagon Wall Paper.

Hexagon Wallpaper with Sharpie

You will need:  A level, a pencil, a measuring tape, metallic sharpies (I went through 3 silver ones) and a template of the shape you want (like my hexagon.)

I wanted a large scale hexagon pattern so I made one large (18 inch) hexagon out of cardboard and cut it out using an x acto knife.  You want the edges to be nice and smooth so using an x acto knife or utility knife is important.

Hexagon Wallpaper with Sharpie

The first hexagon is really important because it will set up the placement for the rest of the wall, so make sure this one is perfect.

First I figured out where I wanted to start my first hexagon.  I started in the center of my wall and just above eye level so that the horizontal line of hexagons didn’t look too perfect.

Place your template on the wall and make sure that it is perfectly level and plumb.

Once it is perfect, trace your hexagon with your sharpie.  Don’t go to fast because the texture of the walls can screw you up.

(*hint) Rotate your sharpies.  I kept mine in a cup upside down and used a different one for each hexagon, rotating through the 3 of them to ensure that my lines were evenly inked.

Hexagon Wallpaper with Sharpie

There is my first hexagon.  Don’t worry it was straight on the wall, I was at an angle when taking this picture with my kid on my hip…oh mommahood.

Hexagon Wallpaper with Sharpie

Now just line up your template with the hexagon on the wall and double check to make sure it is level and plumb and trace another hexagon.  Then do another, and another, and another until…

You get to the point where your template won’t lay flat because of the ceiling or a corner.

Don’t worry I have a solution!

In an effort to avoid doing any math and because I love a template here is what I did to continue my pattern up to the ceiling and to the end of a wall.

Hexagon Wallpaper with a Sharpie

With another piece of cardboard, make a straight edge that is exactly the length of one of the sides of your hexagon.

Hexagon Wallpaper with Sharpie

Then make a template for the angle of your hexagon with another small piece of cardboard and mark it with an arrow.

So now since your hexagon template won’t fit flat onto the wall you will have to make each hexagon line by line.
Hexagon Wallpaper with Sharpie

So take your straight edge and put it at the top point of your last hexagon and make sure it is plumb.  Then trace the line just up to the mark that you made on your piece of cardboard.

Hexagon Wallpaper with a Sh

To get the angles, line up the edge of your angle template with the arrow where the point of the hexagon will be and trace a few inches in.

Hexagon Wallpaper with a Sh

Then line your straight edge up with the small line you just made and finish the line stopping at the marks you made for the correct length of the line.

Continue this process until your wall is completely filled with hexagons.

Hexagon Wallpaper with a Sh

And that is it!

DIY Hexagon Sharpie Wallpaper

I love how the light catches the lines of the hexagons at different times of the day and it is just enough pattern to make the space interesting.

DIY Hexagon Sharpie Wallpaper

DIY Hexagon Sharpie Wallpaper

This room is finally coming together.  I just have a few minor touches to add, which will be covered in my new Knock-off Decor Series starting this Thursday so be sure to tune in for that!

This is probably one of the biggest decorating risks that I’ve taken on in a long time and I’m thrilled with the outcome.

 What is the biggest decorating risk you’ve taken, and how did it turn out?  Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don’t consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

53 thoughts on “DIY Hexagon Sharpie Wallpaper {tutorial}

  1. I do believe you’re a genius! This is such a GREAT idea, and it looks awesome! I can’t get over how super simple it is as well. Definitely need to do this one asap. 🙂

    1. Ha. Not sure most would call me a genius, but I’ll take it! It really is a very easy project and makes such an awesome impact!

  2. Kellee says:

    So when you say your hexagon is 18″ do you mean the diameter or each side?

    1. Hi Kellee. My hexagons are 18 inches in diameter. Sorry for the confusion. Hope you have a great week!

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  17. I am ready to sharpie my entry way wall! This is amazing!Great job, Corey! I am featuring you today at WIW! Have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much Aniko! It really is amazing what an impact this project has and costs so little!

  18. This is such an awesome idea Corey! I’ve been planning to take the door off my daughter’s closet, but couldn’t come up with a way to make it pop inside. This could be just what I’ve been looking for!

  19. Yesssssss. I’ve been waiting for this one, Corey. Perfection! I’m a big supporter of drawing on your walls.

  20. LOVE this! I’m hosting a Sharpie crafts link party on my blog this week, and I’d love it if you wanted to link up! Favorites will be featured in a compilation post next week, & we’re giving away a $50 Target GC and Sharpie prize pack! http://bit.ly/1c0IEvS

  21. I love love love the subtlety of the wall, where did you get the shelfs? did you make them?

  22. Gorgeous! It’s just enough to make you look twice at that wall without being too in your face. Lovely, lovely job!

  23. I can’t even imagine how much patience and how much time that took! It looks amazing! Maybe if I try something like that it would be better to start on a very very tiny wall…like in my closet. LOL. (you know, just in case my measurements are off. LOL)
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  24. I absolutely love this, Corey! What a transformation at a low cost! I’m tempted to try this in my son’s bedroom. I’ll be featuring this at our next Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop on Sunday night! Thanks so much for linking up!

  25. Love it Corey- the hexies are fabulous!! I love that shape – it adds so much interest without being crazy in your face. You’re so smart:)

  26. This is so totally awesome!!! Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday! Pinning to our board!

  27. That is so pretty, subtle but it really makes an impact.

    1. Thanks Sarah! That is exactly what I was going for. Thanks for coming by.

    1. Thank you Christine. It is the first room you see when you walk in my house and I love it. Definitely in my top 3 all time favorite projects and now all I can think about is what else I can use a sharpie on! Haha. Have a great rest of your week.

  28. How did we ever live without sharpies. I just did our guest bedroom similar but with triangles. Super fun and easy, and makes your room unique in every way.

    1. I know. I think this is the beginning of a sharpie addiction! Thank you for coming by today.

  29. WOW it turned out so good. Subtle yet chic at the same time.

    1. Thank you. It is really easy and you will love the results. I’d love to see the end result if you do it!

  30. This looks amazing! You have so much patience, but it really paid off. I think Sharpies are like the duct tape of the craft world!

  31. Woah! I’m totally blown away by this project. Two thumbs up. So simple and genius! I hope you don’t mind shameless flattery? Not 45 min ago I just threw down my paint brush on my mudroom (got a bad batch of paint) and was trying to decide what I want to do in there besides get the scuff marks off the walls and fix the pathetic patchy paint job done by previous owners. This is meant to be because I just bought a package of metallic sharpies for an as-yet- to-be-determined future project last week. I wanted to do something fun since this is the first and last room we see coming and going. Now I’m stoked to do this room. Did you use a silver sharpie here?

    1. Hooray! I’m so glad that you are inspired by this project. To answer your question, yes I used silver sharpies. I love the way the light picks up the lines differently throughout the day and makes for a really subtle pattern. I would love to know how your mudroom turns out in the end so keep me posted and let me know if you have questions along the way! Hope you have a great rest of your week Brooke.

  32. I love it! Very creative. I have one wall in my laundry where I tried to do a premade stencil that didn’t work out. I might paint it and try this instead!

  33. This wall looks amazing! I am super impressed with anyone who has the patience/willingness to draw on their walls with Sharpies. The hexagons look awesome!

  34. This looks great!! I love how it is subtle yet adds another layer of interest to the room. Plus, I just like how you used diaper box cardboard for some of your tracing supplies…totally the way I go every time! (Well, that and pizza boxes… : )

  35. This is brilliant! Super easy and it looks great! You could use any color to contrast your walls, since Sharpies come in all colors. LOVE. THIS.

  36. This is EXCELLENT. I love the subtlety of the metallic Sharpie. The design fits in perfectly with your living room!

  37. Yay! I’ve been waiting for this reveal. Love how it turned out!! Thanks for FINALLY sharing with us. =)

  38. This is awesome and I love the hexagon shapes! I am extra in love with sharpies since I made our new rug and now I want to sharpie everything, haha. I probably would have waited a bit before telling Eric too, and then watched his mind be blown away. Were your kids confused that mommy was “drawing on the wall”? 🙂

    Pinned!

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