How to Apply a Wall Stamp

Give an edge to your walls with this geometric stamping technique.

Stamp your way to style with this alternative to wallpaper. A climbing accent wall made up of individual stamps is easy to do and will steal the show in your living room. Pulled together with a variety of colors, this DIY project is made from all materials you can find at your local crafts store. With the right tips and tricks, you can have this look, too! Check out our instructions below.

What You Need

  • Four 8x10-inch sheets of crafts foam, 3/8 inch thick
  • Straightedge
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Level
  • Four plastic plates
  • 4 pints of coordinating acrylic paint
  • 1 quart of clear acrylic mixing glaze
  • Four sponge brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Latex or nitrile gloves

Step 1: Cut Stamps

Gather materials. Draw four identical shapes on the crafts foam using a pen and straightedge. We used diamonds, but you could use any simple, repeatable shape. Cut out shapes with a utility knife or scissors.

Tip: If you're concerned about keeping your design on a grid, use a level, straightedge, and pencil to draw a few light guidelines on the wall every 12-18 inches.

Step 2: Prep Paint

Set out plates on a covered work surface. On a plate pour about 3 tablespoons of paint (one color per plate). Add 1 tablespoon of mixing glaze to each plate. Use sponge brushes to mix the paint and glaze.

Step 3: Paint Shapes

Set a foam shape on a paper towel. Moisten a sponge brush with water, dip it in the paint mixture, and brush on one side of a foam shape. Brush all strokes in the same direction.

Step 4: Stamp Wall

Wipe excess paint off the edge of the shape with a wet paper towel, then turn it over and press the shape onto the wall (we used a piece of poster board to test our stamp first), making sure all parts of the shape contact the surface.

Step 5: Continue Pattern

Repeat steps 3 and 4 using another foam shape and paint color. Press the shape onto the wall (we used a piece of poster board to test our pattern first), overlapping a portion of the previously stamped shape.

Step 6: Finish

Load each shape with a different color, and continue stamping and layering shapes until your design is complete.

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