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Polka Dot Door

This project adds a bit of whimsy in an unexpected place by incorporating a playful pattern on the back of a door. An often overlooked space is a great spot to get creative, and because our tapes are repositionable you can try all kinds of colours, patterns and layouts.

Try using a bedroom door as your own personal canvas; you’re bound to end up with a masterpiece!

The Scotch® Brand Team

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 2 hours

Scotch® Brand Supplies:


  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Bowls of various sizes or a circle template

Plan and prep. Choose your colour scheme and your product. If you would like to replicate the design we have featured in this project, simply refer to list above. This tutorial will assume you’ve selected these items.

Make your polka dots.  To create each polka dot, begin by laying out the tape pattern of your choice in a striped pattern using the lines on your cutting mat. Here we’ve place a stripe of tape at every inch. Select the circle template, we’ve turned some bowls upside-down centered them over tape strips. Use your utility knife to trim the tape to size, then remove any excess tape.
1200x1200_PolkaDotDoor_Step2Measure and Mark. Once you have trimmed your polka dot to size, be sure to measure the diameter. By marking the diameter lightly with an erasable pencil on the door, it makes it much easier to transfer it to the door.
1200x1200_PolkaDotDoor_Step3Transfer and Repeat. Choose the location for your polka dot on the back of the door you’re decorating. Mark the diameter vertically and horizontally lightly with a pencil, then simply transfer the strips in the same layout onto the back of the door. Repeat the process with your coordinating tapes and lay them out on the face of your door.
1200x1200_PolkaDotDoor_Step4EXPERT TIP. Use a variety of circle template sizes, we found that three work very well! You can even plan your pattern out ahead of time by mapping out paper circle templates on the door first.
FB_1200x1200_PolkaDotDoorLooking for some more project details? Feel free to follow our good friend Allison Cooper of Love Nest Design she has more tips to help you out.




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