How to paint camouflage on a wall

There is no hiding camouflage. It can be found everywhere, from camo clothing to painting camouflage on a wall. Although the main function of camouflage is to conceal or hide something by blending it into the background, it is now used as an everyday adornment or common decor. Using your choice of paint colours, you can paint camouflage on any wall.

Decide which wall will be painted camouflage. Something to keep in mind when choosing a wall is that camouflage can look very busy, so choose a small area to begin with and add to it as you wish.

Choose three colours of paint that you want to use. The traditional camouflage colours are olive green, tan and black or tan, brown and black but you can use any colours. You might choose pink, white and grey to soften the camo for a girl's room or go with blue, white and grey for an Indianapolis Colts fan.

Draw a camouflage pattern on the wall lightly with a pencil. There are no special directions for camouflage, just draw different shapes and sizes. If you do not feel comfortable drawing the shapes freehand, you could purchase a stencil from your local craft store, find a book of camouflage patterns at your local library or bookstore, or use a picture or article of clothing as your inspiration.

Begin with the lightest paint. Dip the tip of the paint brush into the paint and randomly colour in some of the drawn camouflage shapes. Remember, don't get too caught up in staying inside the lines. You still have two more colours of paint to go before this project is finished. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

Open the medium-coloured paint. Dip the end of the paint brush into the paint and randomly colour in some more of the drawn camouflage shapes. Make sure you connect this colour with some of the lighter colour. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

Add the dark paint to the remaining shapes in the same manner as above, connecting this colour with both the lighter and medium colours. Because this paint is darker it will easily cover any mistakes.

Evaluate your camouflage wall. Change the pattern up by extending the shape or size using paint or add light, medium or darker paint as you desire.


Camouflage can be very overpowering when painted in a large area. Wash brushes thoroughly before switching colours.


Avoid touch-ups by starting with the lightest paint first, the medium-colour second and the darkest last.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • 3 colours of paint
  • Paint brush
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Terri Rawls is a freelance writer with works published for Demand Media,, Virtual Vocations, Associated Content and eHow. Rawls ghostwrites and has written several books for children that she hopes to see published in the very near future. Rawls holds an Associate Degree in early childhood development with extensive experience working with at-risk youth.