February 22, 2013

Our DIY Polka Dot Wall!


We polka-did our wall today! Aaaahh, I love it so much!
I was thinking about this post over on A Beautiful Mess about their anchor stamped wall, which I'm over the moon for, but I know my husband wouldn't go for that. So I went opted for a nice safe polka dot instead. And to be even safer, I used paper dots instead of paint! So when we tire of it, we can easily change it out. I was worried that the paper might look a little cheesy up there, but it honestly looks like paint! It turned out beautifully. And with my beloved hole punch it only took a few minutes to do. In fact, Paige and I did it while cooking the chicken for lunch.

Here's how: (Pay attention, this is extremely complicated!)


  • Cut a bunch of paper circles. (We used a 2'' punch.)
  • Put a tiny bit of sticky tack on the back of each circle.
  • Stick on the wall. 
 We started at the bottom of the wall and used a ruler to be sure that each dot was 12'' apart. If you need to, cut some of the circles in half to make them fit on the edges of walls or door frames.

Isn't that so fun?! I briefly considered triangles before the polkadots, but I think these are a little more "me". How fun would these be in different colors in your kids' bedroom? This wall in our kitchen has been a bit of an eyesore to me for quite a while. Nothing looks right there! But these polka dots act as an art piece themselves, I sort of like the wall without anything else on it. I am happy.

Have a great Saturday!!
Love, 
Disney

56 comments:

  1. Wow, it sure adds a lot to the room. I can't believe how straight and even you got the dots.

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    1. Thanks! It was really easy and quick with the ruler. In fact, Paige did all the bottom ones!

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  2. NO WAY!!!!!! I love this so much I can't even tell you - paper - you're a genius!! again.

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  3. LOVE! This is perfect for a renter like me. The tacky stuff won't harm the wall over time, right?

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    1. Nope, it's completely harmless to walls, I've been using it for years!

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  4. AAAARGH! Awesome. You're right, it would be super cute for a kid room! i kind of want to do it to the wall above our mantle for springtime, too...

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    1. What a fun idea!! I could totally do some for every season. Super fun.

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  5. its looks so perfect.. ! I wish I could do something to my wall too.. =) Great job btw

    http://little-known-ways-to-giggle.blogspot.com/

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  6. Oh Disney! They're removable! Well I might give that a try...when the kids get old enough not to peel them off...

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  7. Love love love it!! It's so cute. Great work (^_^)

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  8. I'm seeing some contact paper and a punch in my future! Great idea!

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  9. This is SO cool! I loved that ABM post too but I also don't think my husband would be down with anchors or horses ;) Man, this is just the cutest! Love it Disney!

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    1. Oh, haha, you caught that? I could have sworn they were horses! :O) Just part of the daily humiliation of being me.

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    2. Oh. Wait. I just went back and looked again. They DO have a horse wall! Just in a different post. So I'm not losing my mind! :o)

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    3. oh no, you were TOTALLY right about the anchors! haha!! So funny!

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  10. So fun! My dalmatian would look right at home. :) Yes...I am crazy enough to think about matching a wall to the dog, hehe.

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    1. Haha, too cute! I love dalmations, you're lucky!

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  11. love the black!! next time punch out your dots from vinyl and you can skip the sticky tack step altogether! i did something similar in my baby's room http://www.smilelikeyoumeanit.net/2012/10/the-confetti-wall.html

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    1. Oh great idea! And yours turned out so cheery and cute. I was kind of going with the "things that are free right now" theme, but vinyl would be so easy!

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  12. Dude! I have been thinking about doing this to our bedroom wall for MONTHS. I was thinking about using glitter paper, but oh yes this is an awesome idea! (... she says a bit egotistically, since she also thought of it...) I wasn't quite brave enough to try it out, but seeing these pictures let me know that I am so right about how cool this would look. Well done!

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  13. This is so cute! I can't believe that they're paper (and that they look so perfect). What a fabulous idea!

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  14. Disney! that is the cutest! I would honestly not have thought it could look so chic, but it really does. Love eet!

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  15. I love this idea! Great way to get them perfectly round. It's really nice that they're removable without having to paint the whole wall :)

    Love
    Marie

    http://vonmri.blogspot.de

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  16. sooooo fun!!! I love how you thought of polka dots as something "safe"for your husband.... hehehehe the least of the super girly things we are into...
    I could see myself using the black strips where the holes had been punched to make a border, or something else... i love the contrast between the black and white, straight edge and circular shape cut out. so graphic. yeah, i know... i have a problem when it comes to throwing junk away... best to you Disney!

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  17. How brilliant! You've always got such amazingly clever ideas, and this is no exception! Great inspiration for all of us. I could gush more, but you get the point. It's awesome!

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  18. They really do look like paint! This is really fun. You always have the coolest ideas. :)

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  19. Such a cute idea! I think the kitchen is the perfect place for some fun walls.
    I love that you chose polka dots too! They're my have.
    I actually just did a post about them... feel free to check it out!

    -Kari
    Take a Walk in Our Shoes

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  20. Your wall looks fantastic! I'm going to have to think of a place to try this :)

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  21. Ummm, that's the coolest thing ever! How fun and easy that would be for party decor. I think I may try it in my craft room just for a fun accent. Super cool! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  22. Love the polka dots!! Wonder where I could try that?? Hmmmm...

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  23. This is so pretty and inventive! How creative you are!

    Emaline Rose
    http://emalineswardrobe.blogspot.com/

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  24. That would be so perfect for my girls' room, we are renters and I've been so sad that I can't paint! Can I ask how many circles it took?

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    1. I used about 70-75 circles for this wall, which took about three 12''x12'' scrap booking papers. :O)

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  25. oh this is realy cool :-)

    http://slingapaerlor.blogspot.de/

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  26. Hi Disney,

    Firstly let me tell you, I'm a big big big fan of rufflesandstuff.. I am a graphic designer and an illustrator myself and so I know the hard work and time it takes to make everything that you do.. Why I am writing to you is, I have a blog of my own 'http://shamikasdoodles.blogspot.in/' , it's a doodle blog.. I love doodling and I am going to be doing a guest post on different bloggers.. From art to travel.. What I'l be doing is, making a doodle of you and Paige, writing a little bit about rufflesandstuff and posting it (this coming weekend, 9th march) I hope you let me do a guest post on you, as I would be more than happy to do it..
    And I just realised I haven't introduced myself.. My name is Shamika Kocharekar, I am 25, a graphic designer and I am from Mumbai, India.. Waiting to hear from you..

    P.S. Paige is an angel, and whenever I get married and have a daughter, I'd want her to look just like her :)

    Love,
    Shamika :)

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    1. Hi Shamika! Thank you so much for your sweet compliments, and your doodles are adorable. I would love to have you doodle me and Paige! How fun. Thank you for offering!

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  27. Adorable AND easy to change?!? GENIUS!

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  28. I did this, too, but with BIG dots. I LOVE how it turned out. http://alissadale.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/seeing-spots-redux/ I used rolls of masking tape for the big dots, and a tiny dab of rubber cement for the small ones (after testing to make sure they wouldn't pull the paint off). :o)

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    1. Oh, WOW! Yours were so much more involved, great job! I don't even know if I'd have the patience to finish something that awesome.

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  29. I love this Disney and you styled it beautifully!! I will definitely have do something like this soon!

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  30. The only word that came out of my mouth was “wow!”. Your wall looks perfectly cute. To think that it is made up of paper amused me. It just looks like paint. Two thumbs up for being such a genius. I am excited to apply this simple project on my bare wall too. Thank you for sharing this work of art. I find it so sweet and I am sure my teens would love this on their walls.

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  31. Hi Disney! LOVE love love this fun idea. I featured it on my blog this week! Come on over and check it out and grab a button if you like! http://www.missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2013/03/my-favorite-things-thursday-10-home.html Have a fabulous weekend!

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  32. Thank you soo much :) Have posted the guest post.
    Have a look :)

    http://shamikasdoodles.blogspot.in/

    -Shamika :)

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  33. Hi, Can you tell me what sticky tack is and where to buy it? Your wall is super cute and I want one! Thanks, Linda

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  34. This is fun, I love the size! My plain kitchen wall needs this for sure!

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  35. Oh my goodness Disney, there you go again - being AWESOME! I adore this, you never cease to amaze me. Thank you for sharing!

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  36. This is sooo adorable and so simple!! The paper really looks like paint close up??! How awesome!! Thanks so much for the wonderful idea :)

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