Once again, I accepted the Pinterest Challenge from Young House Love and Bower Power. The item I chose to make? Fish Scale Wall Art from Two Thirty-Five Designs. The difference is that Two Thirty-Five Designs made a super huge Fish Scale Wall Art picture, and I made a teeny-tiny version. I didn’t have quite the wall space apparently. Also, at our house it is called the Dragon Scale picture because fish gross me out.
I ran to the store and bought silver spray paint and a pack of ten poster boards (total cost, less than $5). Once HJ was tucked in for the night, I started tracing circles onto the poster board. The circle I traced was 2.5 inches across. After I filled up one poster board, I figured I would cut them out and see how many more I needed. I settled in front of the couch and watched a Jersey Shore marathon while cutting away (I can’t believe I just admitted that. It was a Friday night, I swear there was nothing on. Don’t Judge.). After cutting out the circles, I got a piece of cardboard (from a diaper box) that was the same size as the frame I had in a closet. I wanted the scales to overlap a bit, so I drew lines on the cardboard that were two inches apart.
Once all the lines were drawn, I started laying the circles on and stapling them on. Yup, staple (also why it overlapped, to cover the staples). Luckily, I only need one and a half poster boards to fill up the 11×14 frame…woohoo, my fingers were sore from cutting!
When all the circles were stapled on, I trimmed up the edges so they were even with the cardboard. Then out to the garage where I spray painted the heck out of it until it was a glistening silver. Side note: make sure the cardboard is all the same side up (glossy side or non glossy), the spray paint looks a bit different on each one…so I had to replace a few circles.
I let it try over night, then popped it into the frame and hung it in the entry way. It was super easy, and it looks fun and unique (and under $5)!