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Paint by Numbers: How to create a confetti effect

Inject a sprinkle of fun into any room with a confetti paint effect, a perfect preppy trend that works great in playrooms, offices or dressing rooms.


Have you been debating what to do now you’re spending most of your time inside? Put your creativity to the test by painting your own confetti wall.

The confetti effect is one of our favourite wall décor ideas. Simple, yet stylish, it’s a great way to add colour and design to your home on a small scale. Whether you use a confetti wall as a punchy focal point or a fun way to frame furnishings, it’ll add instant wow factor to any room in your home.

Use calming colours to spark creativity and boost productivity in your work from home zone. Get the kids involved and let their imagination run free painting their playroom. Or even use the confetti effect to inject energy into your dressing room.

Best of all, you can create your own confetti wall using items that you already have around your house. Work with what you’ve got like leftover paint, as well as paper and string. Or simply grab some Dulux roller testers and try out some new colours.


If you’ve been looking for a fun paint effects for walls, stop the search and get started on creating your own confetti effect today!


What you’ll need:

  • 250ml tester pots of each colour
  • A3 paper for templates (30 sheets)
  • Oiled Manila stencil card (2 x A1 sheets)
  • Craft knife & cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Coloured chalk and string
  • Masking tape
  • Foam roller and trays (1 for each colour)
  • Dust sheet

Step-by-step guide:


Step 1. Draw around a circular object (e.g. a plate or paint can) to make a paper template and stencil. Cut the stencil using a craft knife (make three and the job will be much quicker and easier).

Step 2. Use your tape measure and templates in place, line up the stencil over the first spirit level to mark the height of the first line on which the circles will sit – do this at both ends of the wall.

Step 3. Pull a wall-length piece of string over a stick of coloured chalk, tie a knot at one end and secure to the mark on the wall with masking tape. Pull the string across to line up with the mark at the other end. Pull tight against the wall and snap against the surface. Now you have a straight line to follow.

Step 4. Use the paper circle templates and a bit of masking tape to position the circles on top of the line. Evenly space them with about a 3cm gap between each circle or juggle the spacing by eye to suit your wall.

Step 5. Once you have all the templates in place, line up the stencil over the first template and then lift it away, leaving the stencil in position. Hold the stencil in place with masking tape.

Step 6. Use the foam roller – with not too much paint loaded onto it – and fill in the stencilled shape. Continue along the wall, one colour at a time until you have finished. Easy!

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