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How to Patch Wallpaper

Although plain wallpaper patches tend to stand out after they've been done, patching tears or stains in patterned wallpaper is usually more successful. Here are some guidelines for making these patches.


  • Step 1: Select a wallpaper patch Select a piece of leftover wallpaper that is several inches larger than the damaged area.
  • Step 2: Tape the patch to the wall Tape the patch against the tear or stain in the wall with drafting tape.
  • Step 3: Cut through the patch and the damaged paper Cut neatly through both pieces of wallpaper a short distance from the tear using a utility knife.
  • Step 4: Remove the damaged section Remove the damaged section.
  • TIP: Dampen the damaged section to remove it.
  • Step 5: Paste the patch into position Apply paste to the patch and place it in position.
  • Step 6: Smooth the patch Wait 15 minutes, then roll a seam roller over the patch. If the paper is embossed, smooth it with your fingers instead. Step back and admire your work.
  • FACT: Wallpaper was first brought to Europe from China in 1550.

You Will Need

  • Leftover wallpaper
  • Tape
  • Knife or scissors
  • Paste
  • Seam roller
  • Damp cloth or sponge (optional)

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