I love adding lots of colour and pattern to my projects. I am always on the hunt for new ways to do just that. Lately I have seen a lot of pie charts being used and thought I would give it a try! I am lucky enough to have a Silhouette Cameo and have a cut file to help me along, but if you do not – don’t despair! It is really easy to make your own template that you can use over and over and modify for your project too.
Here is what you need:
Supplies: scissors, cardstock, patterned paper scraps, pencil, eraser, adhesive, ruler, circle cutter or bowl
Let’s get started!
On your cardstock, using a circle cutter – or trace around a bowl – to the desired size. My finished circle is about 6”.
Cut out the circle
Using your ruler, draw a line as close to where you think the centre of the circle is from one side of the circle to the other.
Turn your circle 90 degrees and repeat. You will have 4 pie shapes at this point.
Again, with your ruler, divide each of the 4 pie shapes in half, by drawing a line down the centre of each from one side of the circle to the other.
You have your pie shape lines drawn. If you notice, my lines are a little off centre. We will deal with that next.
In the centre, where all your lines meet, draw a little circle. At this point, it is very easy to see which lines are off centre a bit.
Erase whichever lines are off and using your ruler, re-draw that line.
Cut each section out. As you are cutting them out, line them back into a circle shape using the numbers as a guide – like a puzzle.
If you want too – draw smaller lines down some of the pie sections to create smaller pieces. I like to label them the A & B (ie. 7a, 7b)
Now, using your newly created template – trace each pie shape onto your scraps of patterned paper! Line them up back into a circle. I usually cut mine in numerical order, so that I can align them easily as I go.
You are ready to add this to your project. You can take each pie section and add it right to your page, or you can mount it onto a scrap of cardstock to keep it all together like I did. Just trim off any excess left over once your shape is adhered to the scrap paper.
If you have a small gap left when you place the papers beside each other – don’t worry, just wiggle the pieces downwards and sideways to redistribute. It is likely that a piece or two is a slight bit higher than the rest.
Once you have it the way you want – YOU ARE DONE! You now have a pie chart shape & a template ready for next time!
For my project, I wanted a smaller circle than my template, so I took a glass that was the size I wanted (about 3.5”), placed it in the centre of my pie chart and traced on top. Cut the smaller circle out.
You are now left with a pie chart and an outer ring like circle – dont’ throw that out!! That would be cute on another project! I am saving mine
You are now all ready to get creating with your completed pie chart.
Supplies: Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Pin: Maya Road, Button: October Afternoon, Stamps & Twine: Papertrey Ink, Sequins, Glimmer Glaze: Tattered Angels
Supplies: Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Mini clothespins: Reflections, Mini coat hanger: Maya Road, Brads: My Minds’ Eye, Punches: Reflections, Fiskars, Stampin’ Up, Sequins, Glimmer Glaze: Tattered Angels, Vellum, Hemp twine
I hope you are inspired to try this technique !! It is really easy once your template is made, and you can use it over and over and over and... well, you get the point! Thanks for joining me today!
~ Nicole Nowosad