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Measure your wall's height and width and write it down. Find a piece of graph paper to plot out your pattern. This technique is a lot like what Shoshana used in her Pizza Box Stencil Wall DIY.
To determine how many columns you need, take the length of your wall and divide it by the size of the diamond. For example, Frieling's wall was 160 inches wide, and her diamond measured 20 inches from point to point. Since 160/20 = 8, she needed 8 columns to fill up her wall.
Play around on your wall with painter's tape or with a new sheet of graph paper to figure out how many diamonds you want in each column. Frieling decided to do 2 diamonds in the first column, 3 in the second column, and repeat on through. Once you've decided, draw the completed pattern, measured to scale, onto your graph paper.
Now it's time to transfer your grid to the wall. Instead of trying to deal with masking tape again, Frieling and her husband used fishing line (you can also use string) and thumbtacks to create a plumb line, which marks the center of each column.
The fishing line was marked with sharpie where the top and the bottom points of each diamond should be. Since Frieling only used single piece of fishing line, she marked the marks for even columns with a red sharpie and odd columns with a black sharpie. Moving the fishing line across the wall at the correct intervals, she marked out the correct dots for each column onto the wall. (For more clarification on this process, check out Frieling's post here).
After you've marked your wall, it's time to make your diamonds.
After painting each piece, she used liquid nails to attach each diamond to the wall where the dots were marked on the wall, and put in finishing nails with the nail gun for extra stability.
The straight pieces were added afterwards in the same manner — after double checking that they fit correctly. The corners between the straight pieces and the diamonds were a little rough, so Frieling sanded them down, added more dap, and then touched up the paint.