The Easiest Drywall Patch

3 Materials
1 Hour

I learned this patch method from a handyman friend of mine and I’ve used it more times than I can count. It saves time and money because you don’t need to buy a patch kit, nor install wood brackets or braces inside your wall to secure the patch.

the easiest drywall patch

The first step is to cut the patch to fit the hole in your wall or ceiling. If you have an irregular shaped hole from a door handle or otherwise, then cut the wall/ceiling hole to a specific size(5″x5″ square, etc.) so you can cut your patch to match that size.

With this method there’s no need to cut the drywall all the way back to a stud.

the easiest drywall patch

After you cut the shape of your wall hole, cut the “butterfly wings”. In other words, score a straight line from the edge of your patch to edge of the square of drywall.

the easiest drywall patch

Score from edge to edge.

the easiest drywall patch

Next, carefully pull the drywall sections away from the paper. The video shows this step clearly.

the easiest drywall patch

Once the patch is cut and ready, slather some drywall mud into the hole so the edges are covered with mud. Then add mud all the way around the hole extending out about 2"-3" , or as wide as the paper on your patch.

the easiest drywall patch

Place the patch into the hole and firmly press the paper into the wet mud.

the easiest drywall patch

With a metal trowel squish the mud out from between the paper and the wall creating a bond between the two.

Once the patch is firmly in place, add a thin layer of mud over the whole patch with a wide(8" or more) metal mud knife. Allow the mud to dry completely, sand and apply a second and third coat.

The video tutorial of the butterfly patch will clear up some of the unclear steps in the still photos.

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2 questions
  • Lynn Kirouac
    on Sep 14, 2019

    I would like to watch the video of this ingenious drywall repair - but I can't see a link to the video?

    • Ida9464
      on Sep 15, 2019

      They(Hometalk) ought to put the video after the final finished product photo. Soooo many miss the video including me. Hear👂 That, Hometalk???but seriously, great job!

  • Ronda
    on Sep 23, 2019

    For the air holes, what would happen if you put a little mud on the inside around the hole?

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  • Beth P
    8 days ago

    Oh my goodness, that is pure genius! Thank you so much! I have a ceiling spot that needs dealt with and I was procrastinating. Now I can get it fixed.

  • Mimzy lombardo
    7 days ago

    Yay! Glad it could is genius. I wish I could take credit but my old timer friend taught me that trick.

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