How To Patch A Hole In Drywall (My Favorite Trick!)

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If you have smaller holes in your wall from screws or anchors, this is one of my favorite tricks to patch a hole in drywall without patches!

We’ve had our share of projects in this house that have required us to fix holes in walls. Speaking of holes in walls, anyone know how to fix one this big?

This is everything about what it’s like to be married to an enneagram 7 in one photograph. The guy who, on a regular morning when everyone was just minding their dang bidness, decided “hey let’s just see what this wall looks like behind sheetrock.” ????Thus the way it’s been since September of 2019.

I digress.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

We are finally in process of doing our first project of the year – our cleaning closet! This sits nestled right beside our nicely made over pantry and is a current disaster. But when we took out the grody wire shelves to make room for new custom built ins, we ran into holes much like these.

small hole in drywall
hole in drywall

Although this wasn’t a huge gaping hole, it was something that needed to be patched before we painted and did a super fun accent wall!

The issue with holes like this is when you put spackle on them, it goes right in the hole so it takes forever for it to dry and has the potential to leave it uneven so my reallllly smart husband found a solution because of something he had to do that day previously at work!

So, how do you fix a hole in drywall without patches?

Y’all ready to have your little minds blown?

spray foam closeup to fix hole in drywall

To be fair, I really don’t even know what else you’d use this for, but according to the can it not only protects your house from drafts, but also INSECTS AND RODENTS! Okay cool, I’ll just be spraying this foam everywhere then. Not just to patch a hole in the drywall.

Patch a small hole in the wall



  1. Put on gloves. You can not get this stuff on your hands or your clothes or it will not come off. Trust us. Ask my husband how he knows.

  2. Put the little straw tube thing into your can of spray foam.

  3. Squeezing super light on the handle, squeeze until you hear the foam come out. It will sound kinda like men’s old school shaving cream. Look like it too. But remember – UNLIKE SHAVING CREAM THIS WILL NOT COME OFF YOUR SKIN OR CLOTHES OR HAIR OR BODY HAIR. use spray foam to fix hole in drywall

  4. Once you see it coming out of the hole, stop squeezing the trigger. You’ll want it to be sitting outside of the hole on the wall. spray foam to fix hole in drywall

  5. Once all your holes are filled, let them fully dry. This spray foam doesn’t really take too long to dry so you should be good to go in a couple hours, but double check the time on the back of your spray foam bottle.

  6. Using a razor blade, lay it flat up against the wall and rock it back and forth to cut off the excess so that it’s flat against the wall.cut foam with razor to fill hole in drywall

  7. After you’ve cut it flat up against the wall, use your spackle to fill in the hole in your wall as normal. It’s hard to see because our walls are white and so is the spackle so I tried to show you with a little arrow, ha.

That’s it you guys! Seriously, if you’re wondering how to patch a hole in drywall without patches, this is by far the most genius hack I’ve used. I’m just thinking how frustrated I have been in the past about super deep holes from drywall anchors and such. Rawr. Live and learn. But you can skip frustration and just do this trick if you have smaller holes like we did!

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How to fix a hole in drywall without patches

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  1. I’m disheartened you decided to delete our comment exchange. I thought you were ok taking constructive criticism? At any rate, all the best with your blogging. Please just be open to people who have experience in the topics that you decide to post about. Good luck!

    1. My site, my rules. I told you you were done here and that until you want to make yourself known, your opinions have no place here. Let it go and move on with your day. This is our last exchange this way.

  2. It is clear you are unable to take constructive criticism. For your information, I am a female contractor of 30 years and I wish you would take this “tip” down as it propagates the stereotype that women don’t know what they’re doing- as is clear in your post. You seem very angry and defensive, please learn to take criticism with grace. Let’s see if you have the courage to post this comment. If you do post it, then I’ll know you’re taking my advice to heart.

    1. Here’s my courage! Still not taking it down. I actually love constructive criticism. What I don’t love is people who do not know me who decide to use a public forum to have their first interaction with me without even as little as introducing themselves. So again, Not Relevant, until you want to make yourself known and properly introduce yourself to me, your opinion doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, you can kindly leave.

  3. Honestly, this is not a good solution and you should consider taking it down. As mentioned by commenter above (who you decided to lambast for simply leaving a comment), there are better ways to address this problem.

    1. Hello Not Relevant! Your parents must have been super interesting giving you a name like that. Anyway, Not Relevant, might I also remind you, as I did James, that my site is not a place for comments like this unless you have built rapport with me (which, in this particular case, you have not). Are there better ways to address the problem? Sure! Did I need them for THIS particular project? Nope! So, since you kindly asked me to consider taking this post down, I’m going to kindly invite you to take your comment elsewhere and LONG LIVE THIS POST! Happy weekend! 🙂

      Oh and if James didn’t wish to be lambasted, he should also not have come at me the way he did. It’s always interesting to see it’s MEN who leave comments like this on WOMEN’S blogs and yet get their panties in a wad when *gasp* a woman comes back at him. I would have sent you this via email, but anyone who is anyone knows that you used “Sharklasers.com” which is a temporary email address site. Nice touch.

  4. A couple of things:

    1. With the foam, you did nothing to support the structural integrity of the drywall in that area.

    2 You want to use drywall compound, not spackling. Look for Durabond45.

    3. You were holding the can upside down.

    4. You just wasted a 7.00 can for a lite hole that didnt need the foam to begin with.

    5. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel if you dont know how to change a tire.

    1. Hi Jake! I sent you an email, but wanted to make sure you saw it so you might get to read my words twice!

      Good morning! It was so kind of you to take the time to leave a comment on my blog this morning. I always read and reply to every one of them!

      It seems you are a little lost on my blog and seem to think that opinions of men I don’t know matter to me. For you to assume that I don’t know how to change a tire is comical, considering I’ve changed more tires in my day than lots of women (and men) I know because of a lack of father figure in my life and being a part of the foster care system growing up. 

      Second, I don’t need you to tell me how to run my site unless you’re planning on paying me, WHICH, if you’re interested, I can give you my rates for what brands pay me and I’ll get my attorney to draft up the contract I use with said brands who pay me and we can get something going right away!

      Finally, before you post something else on someone else’s blog, remember that there are humans behind these posts, trying to help other humans who may not know anything – much like I didn’t when we started. And often times, especially if they’re women, there are large burly men behind those women ready to come at you too.

      Sincerely kiss the entire circumference of my ass.

      Best wishes, kindest regards

  5. You can use a little mineral spirit like gas or kerosene on a rag to remove the sticky foam residue from your fingers. Wash hands thoroughly afterwards.

  6. Referring to the wall behind the drywall. I would build a temporary wall to support the ceiling. Take the wall studs and door header out. I would then install a header across the entire length of the wall. Then. Have a couple of support columns. Paint the header or drywall first. Round columns may look cool.

  7. The only problem with using spray foam for such small holes is that the straw gets clogged. I’ve had to throw away nearly full cans, even with a clean trigger and straw. If you go too deep, you’ve just added insulation in your wall.(not a bad thing). Cut screen larger than hole. Use needle and thread to make string in center. Push through hole, holding thread. Tape thread to wall. Mix a little 5 min mud. Pull string so screen is against wall, fill in hole. In about 15 min you can cut string and fill evenly. Ready to sand in about an hr. Blow dryer speeds up process.

    1. The best drywall compound I have used is called easy sand. It comes in 5 min set. Use for larger voids, or for quick patches. You only have about 2 min to mix and about 5 min working time. 20 min set is good for taping joints and second coats. 45 min set is good for final coats, or for texturing ceilings.

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