Painted Swiss Cross Pattern

Learn how to create this painted swiss cross pattern wall.  It’s a great alternative to wallpaper!

Swiss Cross Patterned Wall

Pattern Wall with Frog Tape

At the top of our stairs, there is a fairly large landing.  The wall just seemed to be screaming for some attention…


I have been admiring all the swiss cross patterns I have seen in home decor lately, and I decided to paint swiss crosses as an accent wall.

Multi-Surface Frog Tape

I have painted several patterned walls with painters’ tape, and I always use FrogTape.  It really keeps the lines sharp!  

I began making my game plan, and I played around with FrogTape to see how large I wanted my swiss crosses to be (and how far apart I wanted them).

Practice with Frog Tape

 And then I measured the wall and sketched out my pattern.

Planning out the wall design

Now, you can definitely create the swiss crosses by taping them (like I did above) and painting over them.  However, I have a slight case of OCD, and I wanted my crosses to be the same size and spaced apart perfectly.

Using a Level

I used a level to created horizontal and vertical lines.  Then I taped them.

Frog Tape copy

I painted over the entire wall with Valspar’s Notre Dame.

Painting over Frog Tape

 Then I removed the vertical tape.

Using Frog Tape for Patterns

Painted Pattern Using Frog Tape

(Each step of the way, I discovered a cool wall pattern that I was almost tempted to keep.)

Then I removed the horizontal tape.

Removing Horizontal Tape

Pile of frog tape

Painted Squares

My daughter loved this “square pattern.”  Seriously?  Aren’t all these transformation fun?!

Once the tape was removed, I went through and crossed off every other intersection.

Marking off sections

Adding x's

After I had crossed off the intersections I wasn’t going to use, I got to work taping off the swiss crosses.

Measuring Swiss crossesI

I measured two inches on top and two inches on bottom for the top and bottom of the cross.  I then taped off each cross.  I painted around the crosses and painted over the intersections I didn’t want.

Paint over the x

Painting over the X's

Painting a patterned wall with delicate frog Tape

Since I painted my wall the night before and was dealing with (very) freshly painted walls, I used FrogTape for Delicate Surfaces.

Delicate Surface Frog Tape

I removed the tape from the top and bottom of the crosses.

Almost there

Seriously, every step resulted in another cool pattern!

Then I got to work measure the sides of the crosses and taping them off.

Swiss Cross Pattern with Frog Tape

Once again I painted from off the extra cross arms.  And the end result – a fun painted swiss cross pattern!

Painted Swiss Cross Pattern

Swiss Cross Patterned Wall After


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