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Use some joint compound and scrape a thin coat over your patch.  Once that drys you can sand it a bit and your ready to paint!

The Popsicle stick really makes it easy to do these sorts of patches.  If one happens to fall inside the wall just go get another one! 

This sort of patch is great if the hole is small and you want to minimize the additional damage you have to do to the wall.  You can do this fix without getting the area full of drywall dust and you can preserve as much of the original wall texture as possible.

The hot glue works really well because it lets you position the patch piece exactly.  You can fiddle with the tilt and the depth and then just wait for the glue to firm up and it's done.  Also if you don't happen to have an outlet near the hole itself you can let the gun warm up on some other outlet and it'll still be able to put out glue once you've walked it over to your hole.

Now if only my kids would stop knocking holes in the wall!

<p>Is there any other adhesive I can use other than hot glue? I dont have a hot glue gun </p>
The nice thing about hot glue is it sets right away and reaches full strength very quickly. Any glue that can bond wood to paper (the back of the dry wall) will work, but you'll need to make allowances for the setting time, etc. So for example you could use white glue, but you'll need to hold the wood in place for a few minutes to get it to hold at all, and wait a few hours to get better strength. <br><br>So yes other glues will work but you might have to improvise some sort of clamp to hold the wood in place to deal with longer setting times.
<p>Thanks for the great ideas here. Will work great for when my alcoholic husband punches his next hole in the wall </p>
<p>Thanks for such original, simple way to patch a hole on the wall. I really enjoyed your instructable.</p>
If you have areas where you keep getting doorknob dings, there are wall protectors. I forget exactly what they're called, but they're either flat pieces of rubber or raised round nubs with double sided tape on the back. Put them where the doorknob hits. I put one in my mom's house by the entry door and it almost matches the paint.
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Yes, this is actually a trick used in the trades. If you want it to last a bit longer, use a thicker piece of wood, and then drive screws through the drywall into the wood. The way with the screws tends to hold up better around periodic vibrations (near doors). If it's not within four or five feet of a door frame (this also means walls facing doors), then the glue method holds up over time and don't worry about screws and filling screw holes with wall mud.
Oh interesting. I had seen the use of a board/screws, but I came up with this for situations where you have a small hole in textured walls and you want to minimize the damage to the wall surface. I hadn't seen the hot glue trick around. I didn't realize it was a standard. Cool!
That's genius! I have some places in my apartment that are just begging for this. The people that lived there before me opened doors with FEELING.
Yes. Children also seem to open doors with ZEAL. I've since put in a lot of industrial door stops, but this wall feel victim before the retool. Kids also tend to break off those wimpy spring style door stops &quot;because they're fun to twang.&quot;

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