DIY Chalk Circle


I have been meaning to add a “chalk stripe” behind Aiden’s desk for the longest time. He asks for help spelling words sometimes or we make bullet points for his writing assignments so he can better stay focused. The other day I got to thinking about how cool and awesome it would be to make a circle instead of a stripe so at 11PM I went crazy and thought it would be a great idea to paint a chalk circle on the wall.

You will need:

  • Pencil
  • Twine/String/Rope/Whatever
  • Sharp Object (like a push pin)
  • Chalk Paint
  • Sponge/Foam Paintbrush

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1. Measure the width of the wall or area that you would like to place your circle. Divide that in half to get your “center point”. My wall was 43″ wide so I used 21.5″ as my center point. Mark it with a small dot. Decide what size you’d like your circle and divide that in half. My circle is 32″ across, so it’s radius is 16″. Be sure that you are at the proper height for the center of your circle as well. Cut a piece of twine/rope/whatever a few inches longer than that so you have room to tie.

2. Tie one end of the twine to the pin, and the other to the pencil. When tying, be sure that the length is the same as the radius of your circle. It is ok if it’s not perfect, as long as it is close.

3. Find the dot that you placed on the wall earlier and stick the pin in it. Take the pencil and hold it as far from the pin as you can without bending the pin or stretching the twine. This will be your start point. Then at a 90 degree angle, slowly and steadily “draw” your circle. Try to always keep the pencil/twine at the same distance/angle.


4. Paint! I found it helpful to outline the circle first and then fill it in. I did 3 coats. The project took about 1.5 hours for me.


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Responses to “DIY Chalk Circle”

  1. that is awesome.

  2. Love this idea!

    1. Thanks! I think it might even lend itself to being a chalk ‘window’ at times, or it might end up looking like the moon. Or a giant chocolate chip cookie.

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