We all stay inside to keep ourselves, everyone else, and the NHS safe. It can be a dull or overwhelmingly negative experience, or we can turn it into a positive experience by doing things that will brighten our lives for many years to come. Here’s one idea, sent to us by beautiful Samantha from Basingstoke. It’s just perfect to keep the kids busy and have loads of fun – they might need some help though! How would you like to decorate a wall like this in your home! Or even, as the school holidays approach, let the kids roll around in their bedroom with this idea? All you need is a roll of frog tape and your imagination. This frog painter tape is a low-stick painter’s tape that works best when applied to a fresh, clean emulsion 36mm precision painter tape forms a nice bond along its edges which prevents any paint spillage, leaving nice and crisp lines when peeled off. Click the picture above if you want to learn more, see what you can achieve with a little tape and some imagination. First, prepare and clean the wall you want. Clean it with a gentle wipe with warm water. For best results when preparing anything for decoration, see our project page on preparing for painting. Then apply your emulsion base coat. The color of this base layer is really important because when the tape is pulled, it will be the “thread” holding it together. Plan your pattern before applying painter’s tape, it’s usually a good idea, instead of just “manual” placement on the wall, get some paper, pencil and a ruler to draw your design. If you are familiar and / or possess a scale base (around £ 2.50 from eBay) this makes the whole job a lot more accurate. Get a piece of A4 paper and then measure the size of the wall you want to paint, tell it a 4m x 2.2m highScale width for this workout 1:20 scale is fine. This is a very standard gauge and it will abide by all the rules of scale. Each line in the base of the scale represents 1/20 of the “real life” measure or, for those who dislike fractions, 0.05 x real life. How to use room scale to decorate a home. Don’t limit yourself to triangles, and you definitely don’t think you need to follow our plan! You also don’t think you have to cover the entire wall, what’s the worst that could happen? Any errors can be drawn simply! Many different patterns can be done with painters’ tape, and forget about the rule of scale and math if you want. The main thing is to have a pattern with a light pencil on the wall. Then you can start laying the tape, and it is very rare to be able to follow the lines with one whole strip of tape; Much easier to do this in two or three slices. Just make sure to align the sides so they’re straight when peeling them all off. Keep the joints neatly aligned, two lines intersect with each other, but one is not connected, make sure the end of the tape does not “hang out” the line it meets Use painters tape to keep the paint lines clean when the entire wall is pasted and you are happy with your pattern, it’s time Time to take out the paint. Make sure the floor is well protected with dust sheets, or better yet, sticky back flooring and carpet protector. We use something called Roll and Stroll for this process. It’s really easy to lay down and it protects the floor better than anything we have used because it prevents any kind of tripping or slipping, which can happen with dust sheets, and won’t tear either. Pull it up and get rid of it. You can use it to protect carpets, floors, other walls, or furniture, or if you are particularly messy, you can wrap kids in it too. Roll and Stroll are especially effective when decorating walls for stairs. Its non-slip qualities make it completely safe, even when you have to ladders it to reach really high stair wells. In this demo we only used one color and it’s clearly on a piece of wood rather than a wall, the idea is to prove that masking tape, when peeled off, leaves a nice and crisp line to make your pattern stand out really well for this to happen, obviously the paint has to To begin with the masking tape, and when you use more than one color, the tape can easily be touched which, if no one notices it on the brush, can spoil the next part. Our advice is to do every part you plan to be the same color and at the same time. Start with darker colors. Let them dry and then make the next batch. This is much easier than doing a lot of finishing touches in the end. Sample board for decorating with original methods Another tip is to draw along or away from the tape. Drawing towards it, no matter how good the tape is, always allows for the possibility of imposing a little paint under the edge of the tape. This, if it happens, could be making you really angry! Finally, take your time near the bar. Use the same ‘cut’ method you would use for the intersection between the funky wall, ceiling, funky wall, and other walls. Try to leave some stripes showing because it gives you a little more room for mistakes with the next color. While we used a clip from the board to show how to create this effect, it’s not a good idea to find a piece of board, or cardboard, and practice yourself before the “main event”. Practice breeds confidence and confidence, with practice, it will give you the motivation to try more and more things. Gently pull painters tape, one piece at a time, when all parts are dry peel off painters tape. Take it cute and easy and you should end up with a wall you want to shoot and a video to put on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and send it to everyone in your contacts! Beautiful crisp geometric pattern on the wall Peel off the tape one piece at a time. When joining them, peel off the top first. It sure would be a shame if it now spoils all of the hard work that has been done. Thanks again Samantha from Basingstoke and I understand your lovely mum Jayne has helped you. For more ideas on how to get a funky wall or two at home, in any number of simple, yet artistic ways, head over to our project page on how to get some cool paint effects. You can even watch a video of how the above pattern looks on the entire wall. DIY Doctor would love to hear from you if this idea worked for you. Please post pictures of your business on our Facebook page and we’ll make sure to check them out!