Drywall stamp texturing tools are hand made or purchased tools created to stamp drywall compound onto your walls or ceilings.

Below you will find how to instructions for building your own texturing tool and the process to apply your chosen compound.

Also, another thing to keep in mind is that drywall texturing is much easier to do if you have extra hands to help out. So, try to enlist a partner to help make your stamp texturing project that much easier and faster to complete.


You can buy drywall stamp texturing tools on the Internet but I prefer to make my own. Most thin flat types of building material such as hardboard, Plexiglas and thick plastic can be used to create your tool.

Wooden stamping tools work well for smaller projects and should be coated with waterproof paint prior to using.
BR>Plastics such as Plexiglas are the best choice just as long as you glue layers of material together until the tool is nice and sturdy. I prefer Plexiglas because it's waterproof, stiff, lite and cuts much easier than other products.

The first thing you want to do is draw a simple design onto a piece of your chosen tool material. The shape and size are up to you. I do find that a round plate sized shape that's a little smaller than the bottom of a five gallon pail works best.

You want your pattern to be simple. Four (or six) squiggly, curved or strait lines that are not to close together should give you some interesting results. Drill holes in the sections that you don't want, then use a jig saw (in the holes) to remove the un-wanted pieces.

Another style of stamping tool can be found on this website where you can either purchase the tool or use it for inspiration to create your own. To do so, start with a circle of Plexiglas that's a little smaller than the bottom of a five gallon. Now epoxy layers of squiggly, curved or strait lines onto the Plexiglas circle.

Your glued on patterns need to be at least a half inch to an inch thick for the best results. Furthermore, one pattern can be cut out ( e.g a squiggly line) and used as template for making the others.

Once you have your cut outs epoxy them together then glue your epoxied squiggly onto your Plexiglas circle in whatever pattern you wish.

Now screw (too the back) a utility type cabinet handle. Attaching a swivel type sanding device would be better though if your stamping ceilings.

No matter how you bolt on the handle or swivel make sure the bolts themselves are below the front surface of the tool (if they need to be).

Your drywall stamp texture tool should be sturdy enough too handle some abuse using a waterproof type of glue when building it will work best.


An assortment of tools and other materials are need for each particular job. You will need to decide on what items will work best for your specific drywall stamp texturing project.

  • Painters plastic
  • Painters tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Paint roller extension handle
  • All purpose drywall mud or other type of texturing compound)
  • drywall mud & knifes)
  • Soap/water (if needed)
  • A couple of very clean (or new) 5 gallon buckets (pails)
  • Cheap or old paint brushes (if needed)
  • Heavy duty electric drill with mud mixer (or paddle)
  • Old clothes (or coveralls), hat, gloves, & goggles
  • Plexiglas or other material for tool & jig saw
  • Permanent marker (to draw pattern)
  • Utility type cabinet door handle
  • Swivel sander (if needed)
  • Ladders or saw horse like platforms

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Using a drywall stamp texturing tool can be a little on the messy side so its a good idea to remove as many items from the room as possible. Pieces of furniture and flooring etc. that can't be moved require draped plastic or drop cloths. You will also need to detach light fixtures (if your doing ceilings) electrical plates and tape or mask off your woodwork or or other trim to protect it from splatter.

Divots, cracks and holes should be filled then sanded and the walls washed if needed.

Surfaces can now be primed.


Either powdered compound, plaster, pre-mixed drywall mud or products made specifically for drywall stamp texturing tools can be used.

Place about a gallon or so of compound into a five gallon pail and add a 1/2 cup of water at a time. Once water is added use a heavy duty electric drill and paddle to stir your mixture. You want the compound to be the consistency of a milk shake. Keep adding small amounts of water until your mud looks the way it needs to be.

Some texturing compounds will not require mixing and can be used right out of the container. Be sure to follow the label instructions for your chosen texture product.


Either use a platform for walking on (your partner can move them for you) or the stamping tool needs an extension handle attached to it. If you have made your own drywall stamp texturing tools then bolt one onto a swivel pole sanding head (be sure your bolts are below the raised pattern).

With your pail of mud and tool in hand start at a corner of the room. Begin by dipping your stamping tool into the mud then lifting it to the ceiling. Press the tool flat onto your ceiling then lift your tool off the surface.

Try turning your tool (right or left) a quarter turn then press the tool down again next to your first impression. You can usually get about two to four stamps before you have to reload your stamping tool with mud. Keep randomly turning the tool while applying mud in a rhythmic consistent fashion.

Once the ceiling has been entirely stamped you can then knock the mud down with a knockdown trowel (if you wish).

Try and work quickly and remember not to push the tool to far into the mud. The mud should be just on the top of your design not all over it.


Wall stamping is the same as stamping your ceilings the difference being that you would more than likely not need an extension pole. Your drywall stamp texturing tools would instead need a nice sturdy handle attached to the back of them.

Place your chosen tool nice and flat or level into the mud then starting at the top of your wall press the tool onto the surface. Lift then move the tool down a bit twisting your tool about a quarter turn (if you want) then apply the tool to the wall again (do this three times). Reload your tool if need and proceed to finishing your wall twisting and stamping.

As I mentioned above do not drench the design in compound the mud should be even across the face of the tool but just on top of the design.


When your texturing a room you might want the temperature to be on the cool side so that the mud doesn't dry out to quickly.

Be sure to test your drywall stamp texturing tools on some old drywall before you tackle the main parts of your home.
You will need to also choose the compound that works best for your particular situation. Powders are harder but can (depending on what you buy) have slower drying time. Premixed muds on the other hand can tend to be easier to work with. Talk to your local home improvement rep regarding tools, products and materials for the job at hand.

If you do make your tool check the Internet for different patterns to use and remember that the tool will last only a short time if it isn't very well made.

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