scallop wall art is my fave (guest post from brooke)

May 21, 2012

I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from photo booth prop extraordinaire, Brooke of Playing Grown Up.

I am so excited for Melanie having her sweet babe. So, I thought I’d share a project I made a few nights before my little baby surprised me and decided to come early. (By the way, if you are with child, don’t ever say, “Oh, I’ll finish that project next week.” That’s basically daring your little one to arrive early.) To fill an empty shelf, and to invite some color into our home, I made some scallop art pieces.

To make your own, you’ll need:
– thin pieces of wood
(the kind I use is called an MDF handy panel, and if you bat your eyes the men at Home Depot will cut it to whatever size you ask)
-colorful cardstock
-a circle puncher

Punch lots of circles from your colorful cardstock.

Then, mark your piece of wood along the edge at half the size of your circles. For example, my circles were two inches, so I made one inch marks along each side. Then connect the dots and make lines across the wood to guide you.

Using your lines to guide each row, get to gluing!

Let each rows of circles hang on top of the row below – that creates your scallops.DSC_0526
Yay! Now our shelf has something on it besides dust.

See more awesome from Brooke on Playing Grown Up


  • On May 21, 2012 , Amber {noted home} said:

    Those are amazing!! Must do some for myself!

  • On May 21, 2012 , Pigeon Pie said:

    Wow, that looks super time consuming… but I love it!

  • On May 21, 2012 , Jeanette said:

    ooo…I’m thinking paint color swatches! excited!

  • On May 21, 2012 , Erica said:

    Such a fun way to add color to a room!

  • On May 21, 2012 , Polly said:

    Oh these are lovely! Beautiful patterns and colour – my two faves! x

  • On May 21, 2012 , Kate said:

    What a cool DIY project! I love it!

  • On May 21, 2012 , Kelly said:

    This is SO awesome! I’m going to do this with my nieces ASAP!

  • On May 22, 2012 , nileta said:

    oh, this looks so nice! i might try it on a smaller scale and make greeting cards or something! thank you for sharing!

  • On May 22, 2012 , Heather said:

    I love these! Wish I could pin the images to Pinterest. For some reason it’s not letting me. I think it’s because they’re Flickr images. Anyway, darling post!

  • On May 23, 2012 , Megan said:

    Such a good idea!

  • On May 25, 2012 , Angel said:

    you had a baby?!?!?!? CONGRATS :) will have to try out this diy

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  • On May 28, 2012 , Wendy said:

    Ahh, why can’t I pin any of these pictures?!

    So very lovely.

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    LOVE this idea! its so color and bright! i wonder how long it took to complete this fun project?

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    The idea for creating these scallops is great. There is some other funky Wall murals

  • On July 19, 2012 , It's Louise said:

    What size you’d recommend for cutting the circles?
    I’m gonna make them this week! for myself and for my boyfriend and for my mom in her office, it’s a great DIY project! And also a beautiful gift.

    thanks (:

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  • On April 26, 2013 , Steven DiLodovico said:

    Wow, how does it feel to completely steal an artist’s work? Now you’re child’s first message in life will be “HEY KIDS, NEVER MIND ALL THAT HARD WORK, TALENT, SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION, YOU DON’T NEED TO EVER DO ANYTHING ORIGINAL BECAUSE YOU CAN JUST STEAL OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK OFF THE INTERNETS!!! YAY BABIES!!!”

    I truly hope you are paying Jim Houser royalties, you thief.

  • On April 26, 2013 , Mark said:

    Brooke! You stole this design and color palette from Artist Jim Houser. Take it down. People reading this “blog” don’t teach yr kids plagiarism. Must be easy to be an extraordinarre when you’re just ordinary and the extra bits are stolen…

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    PS if you figure out how to reproduce the mona lisa,that don’t make you da vinvinci. or whoever painted that damn thing. you suck for stealing.

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    A low rent version of a real artists creation. LAME.

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    Oh man yea, because Jim Houser invented scallops! He is such a visionary for his brand new idea of a shape. No one in the world did anything with scallops before he did!


  • On October 3, 2013 , Katie said:

    I am just wondering what type of glue I should use. Also Im not very creative, so I could use a suggestion for the size of the panel.

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    I looked up Mr Houser. My class should have patented “scallops” when we did art projects using them in JR High, before Mr Houser was born.

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    Just finished it! I didn’t want to spend $20 on a hole punch so I just used scissors (which was sort of time consuming) and I also used a glitter cardstock on some of the scales:) it turned out perfect, giving it to my best friend tomorrow!

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