Step 1: Make a Pattern

make a pattern to transfer to your wall
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Using a pencil and tracing paper, borrow a pattern from a book or a piece of wallpaper, fabric, or even gift wrap. If the design is on an object, like a rug, take a photo, make a photocopy, and enlarge it. Trace the largest shapes, and make the pattern wider than it is tall so that it can wrap the room like a mural. Avoid repetitions.

Free Template: Download a design like the one shown here. Our template is designed for easy printing on an 8½-by-11-inch piece of paper. You can enlarge it, if you'd like, by photocopying it onto larger paper.
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    Tools List

    • Pencil
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • folding ruler
      Ruler
    • chalk line
      School chalk and/or Chalk Line with pale chalk dust
    • Painter's Tape
      Painter's Tape (to protect baseboard and molding)
    • artist's brush
      Rounded Artist's Brush, such as a #12

    Shopping List

    1. Tracing paper

    2. Pattern such as a length of wallpaper, fabric, or wrapping paper, or a photocopied image of a patterned object, such as a rug

    3. Damp cloth

    4. Interior latex paint in three colors