1. This evening coat was made during world war one, by a mother for her son, as he was convalescing from injuries sustained in the conflict. Made from silk hexagonal patchwork, the fabric dates from the 1890s. Image, originally from the Norfolk museums collections.
2. Golden Library edition of "Mathematics: The Story of Numbers, Symbols and Space," copyright 1958. Illustrated by Lowell Hess. Posted on flicker by Calsidyrose.
3. Women wearing hexagonal framed glasses during the early seventies . Unknown source.
4. Proposal design for hexagonal student union building at the San Francisco State College, by Moshe Safdie, 1967-68. Image found on fuckyeahbrutalism@tumblr.
5. Hexagon crochet bed spread and cushions, circa 1959. Image courtesy of free vintage crochet .com.
Once you develop a taste for hexagons you start seeing them everywhere. I noticed this cute hand made hexagonal bag from the late fifties at my mums house the other week and asked to borrow it (so I could work out how to replicate it) but she kindly let me have it. (I noticed that she had a wooden hexagonal chopping board in her kitchen I wonder if she will let me borrow that too?)
This is the hexagonal peep hole in my front door. In case you didn't know I really love the original 1950's details in our house.
This platform is part of my sons school playground, it's made from treated pine and topped with fake grass, it could have been a pain old square but someone had the good sense to make it hexagonal.
Get the look
1. Mercury Glass Votive Holder -Threshold™ from Target, available in aqua, pink & blue
2. Country garden fabric from Spotlight
3. Large Hexe Wall Storage from Typo
4. Threshold™Burned Wood Tray from Target
5. Hexagon Shadow Box from Kmart
6. HÖNEFOSS Mirror from IKEA
7. Copper hexe terrarium from Typo, available in black and copper
8. Mini Hexe Shadow Box Set 3 from Typo
9. Belmondo Hexagon Eyelet Curtain from Spotlight, available in lime, aqua & charcoal
DIY paper hexagon wall art and Christmas ornaments
Hexagon wall art template, PDF
Hexagon Christmas ornament large , PDF
Hexagon Christmas ornament small, PDF
What you need
old card board boxes
a pen or pencil
removable mounting squares (for the wall decoration)
ribbon (for the Christmas ornaments)
(The same basic method makes both the wall art and the ornaments.)
1. Print out hexagon shape template, cut out your template, place a small loop of sticky tape on the back of your paper. (to hold it in place as you trace.)
2. Flatten out an old cardboard box and cut into usable sized pieces, place your template onto the cardboard and trace around it, cut out your cardboard hexagons.
3. Place a cardboard hexagon on to your wrapping paper and cut around it, leaving enough paper to cover the front of your shape and attach to the back, wrap your cardboard hexagon with paper and attach the paper to the back with sticky tape. (use enough to make the paper stick neatly.) If you are making Christmas decorations from your hexagons then attach a loop of ribbon on the back with sticky tape and hang it on your tree.
4. When you have completed as many hexagons as you want, (I used 12 for my arrangement. Arrange them on the floor until you have a design that you are happy with and take a photo so you can remember how to place your shapes.
5. Attach your hexagons to your wall with removable mounting squares.
You could try painting your cardboard hexagons, adding glitter or using fabric rather than paper.
Another idea is to personalize your hexagons by using stick on letters to spell out words or names.