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How to Patch Drywall with Newspaper

Step-by-step instructions for using newspaper to patch a drywall hole.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Stuff the Hole and Apply Patching Compound

Stuff crumpled newspaper behind the hole and use a putty knife to patch it with a fast-drying patching compound. The patch should be just below the surface of the wall. The compound will dry to a hard surface in about 30 minutes.

Step 2: Apply Joint Compound

Use a joint knife to apply joint compound over the patch. Allow the joint compound to dry, and then sand it smooth. Apply additional joint compound as necessary.

Step 3: Sand the Area and Apply Paint

Sand, prime and paint the patched area.