How to Make a Homemade Spackle Compound

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How to Make a Homemade Spackle Compound
Make homemade spackle to us in a pinch for small holes in your walls. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If you have ever nailed a picture to a wall or accidentally caused a hole while moving something, you have probably used spackle. Spackle is a thick substance used to fill holes or cracks in walls or ceilings before being sanded and painted to provide a finished surface. If you need spackle but don't have any,

or want to avoid spackle filled with chemicals, there is a homemade version that works well for small holes and cracks.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 4-5 tsp water
  • Plastic container or small bucket
  • Wood stirrer

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  1. 1

    Mix 2 tbsp table salt, 2 tbsp cornflour and 4 to 5 tsp of water in a plastic container or small bucket.

  2. 2

    Stir to make a thick paste.

  3. 3

    Apply to walls or ceiling with fingertips or a spackle spatula, then allow to dry. Sand and paint if necessary.

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