Stamped Tribal Triangle Chain Wall

Once upon a time (Sunday night)  I was prepping to leave for Salt Lake on Monday afternoon.  As I was running down the list of things I needed to do,  one of them being staging and photographing Ivie’s new desk (you guys will see it in about a week!)  So I am thinking and thinking about how to make the photos beautiful and the thought hits me.  Hard.  So I called my MIL and she loved it, which means I had 5 hours to get this entire thing done.  And guess what?  I did it in 3.  BOOM.

I wanted the triangles to look old and imperfect.  My original idea was to hand paint them but it was taking FOR.EV.UR. so I went back to the drawing board and came up with a stamp!

To make your own all you need is a triangular piece of wood, a staple gun, and an old sweatshirt.  (Mine was Gap circa 1999 if you wanted to know….)

How To Stamp A Wall

Cut a piece out of your sweatshirt and staple it to your wood triangle.   Its good to have it all bunchy in the back so you have something to hold on to.  Make sure that its nice and smooth on the front.  That is one hot triangle.

How to make a wooden stamp

The paint that I used is Duration by Sherwin-Williams in Firework.  Pour some paint onto a plate that is large enough for the triangle to lay flat.  (Don’t use a paint pan because you will get a bunch of dots on your finished triangle!)  After you dip the stamp in your paint rub it off onto a piece of paper to spread the paint around and thin it out.

Make your own wallpaper copy

If you want to get all measure-y go for it.  I however did not.   Don’t forget that this is supposed to look handmade.  And perfection would ruin the spirit of this pattern.

The best tool for the job to make sure your vertical lines are straight is a laser level (you can buy them for around $15)

Line up your level and then stamp so that your triangle point is in the middle of the laser.

How To Stencil A Wall Using A Laser Level

Then just go to town!

Triangle Wall

To space my lines I just made sure that the tips of the triangles were 3 fingers apart.


This project went EXTREMELY fast and I love how it turned out!!

Triangle Chain Wall

DIY Tribal Triangle Wallpaper

Doesn’t it look awesome with the Faux Bois Floor?

Love  Your  Guts,  Mandi


  • shannon 03.07.2012 at 17:31

    love it!!!

  • Charlotte Parker 03.07.2012 at 17:37

    Mandi, you’re such a genius!

  • abigtadoooverglue 03.07.2012 at 17:39

    You are OUT OF CONTROL with all this creativity. Love it. I cannot imagine being so impromptu when painting a wall !!

  • Jessie @ Imperfectly Polished 03.07.2012 at 17:40

    Such a fun room! Love the color you chose. Very clever to use a sweatshirt for the stamp:)

  • astr!d 03.07.2012 at 17:48

    oh my goodness, i love LOVE this!!!! such a bold geometric print, like a graphic wallpaper but so much better!!! good job!

  • Caitlin @ Desert Domicile 03.07.2012 at 17:51

    It’s gorgeous! I love the color you used and I see you turned that lantern into a light fixture already!!! Tutorial coming soon? :)

  • Jessie 03.07.2012 at 18:08

    Looks awesome! Gotta love Laser Levels!!!!

  • Emmie {Blue11} 03.07.2012 at 18:09

    That looks great! It’s such a simple concept but it looks so stylish and current. So clever :)

  • Twice Nice 03.07.2012 at 19:24

    That is a fab idea and reminds me of quilts made in that pattern “Flying Geese”! What an awesome room that is going to be!

  • laura @ hollywood housewife 03.07.2012 at 20:00

    How are you such a genius? This is what I ask.

  • Creative Raisins 03.07.2012 at 20:49

    That is so very cool

  • Nancy@OwensOlivia 03.07.2012 at 20:57

    LOVE it. I even notice the light . . .

  • Maggie 03.07.2012 at 22:16

    You make me feel like I should just “go for it”…whatever it might be!

  • The Motts 03.07.2012 at 22:41

    i just saw your craft wars commercial and can i just say i am so excited for tonight! you are so cute! cant wait to see your awesomeness on t.v!!!

  • Christina 03.07.2012 at 23:08

    This is such an awesome idea! I’m trying to think of a place in my house where I could do this.

  • Diane Streicher @ Diane Again 04.07.2012 at 01:50

    i love the way you roll.

  • Crafty Texan 04.07.2012 at 02:12

    Crazy amazing! You rock Mandi. I think our next FFA challenge should be the walls of our room. 😉

  • Alissa@CraftyEndeavor 04.07.2012 at 03:44

    I need to get myself a laser level.

  • Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} 04.07.2012 at 06:45

    Love it! I think I might do this to a rug soon :) Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Catherine 04.07.2012 at 07:00

    WOW!!! I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

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  • melanie 04.07.2012 at 13:50

    yes totes!

  • Anne 04.07.2012 at 16:31

    Love it!

  • ReStitch Me 04.07.2012 at 17:06

    This is such a great idea! I want to try it on fabric–canvas, maybe. You always have the best ideas! I love how you jumped right in with it–I tend to overthink everything.

  • Jenna 04.07.2012 at 19:09

    Mandi, you’ve done it again. Brillz.

  • Cherstie 04.07.2012 at 23:44

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it in the far away pic!!!!! But I don’t like it @ all in the up close pic :( It looks like the cheesy sponge painting I did with the kids when I taught kindergarten. I would love this look with a little tweaking 😉

  • Candi 05.07.2012 at 23:42

    Love it and promise to try it someday.

  • Ashley MulberryTree 09.07.2012 at 00:26

    This is the exact pattern i’ve been looking for for a shower curtain! I didn’t know it, but this is it! You’re awesome mandi!

  • TMykula 12.07.2012 at 21:33

    Amazing!! How do you come up with this stuff?! I would never think of painting a faux bois floor nevermind go all tribal/axtec-ee on the wall. Crazy pattern but I think it works. I can’t wait to see the rest of the room. Also, I’ve been on holidays for two weeks, went all unplugged other than the occassionally stuck-in-walmart-can’t-find-you-anywhere necessary text, so now I have to read all your posts. I just read the craft wars post and realized that I forgot to watch and then remembered that I PVR’d it before I left. Or so i thought. just checked the pvr and it’s not there. What the freak??!! Anywho, I’ll find it online or somewhere and watch it to see you go all crazy crafty. Lastly, and i don’t know how i’m just finding this out now but NATE GOT CANCELLED!!!!! Well that is just unacceptable. Now there is truly nothing good to watch during the day.

  • Debora 18.07.2012 at 06:25

    You are so inspiring! The mix of patterns is so enjoyable to my eyes

  • Kara 05.09.2012 at 16:47

    Love love love this!! Thank you so much for the great idea, I think I just figured out what I want to do to the big blank wall above my ledges in my playroom!! Yay!!! So amazing!

  • Pam Zirbel 03.04.2013 at 18:29

    I am loving this! Well done! I found your site thru Sandpaper and glue’s site i believe…anyways..this is soo cool!!

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