DIY fans are reaching for the fridge to try out this ingenious new painting hack

Celery just became our favourite food
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  • An ingenious new painting technique is sweeping the internet using a stick of celery. The celery painting hack has seen DIY fans creating stunning feature walls for less than £1.

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    The clever hack used pieces of celery dipped in paint to create a leopard print effect on walls, shelves and cupboards. One mum, Gina Searby, inspired by the technique used it to transform her children’s bedroom.

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    Image credit: Gina Searby

    Sharing the makeover on DIY On a Budget Official Facebook group, she wrote: ‘Managed to make this work, my son and daughter have to share a room now.’ Personally, we think she did more than make it work with this adorable shared bedroom.

    Celery painting hack

    Gina started by whitewashing the walls to create a blank canvas, before injecting some personality into the room. She then marked off two triangles on the wall in the bedroom with masking tape.

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    Image credit: Gina Selby

    She painted her son’s side in Wilko’s Green Mint Crisp paint from Wilko, and her daughter’s side in Johnstones Ballet Slipper. Using different colours is a great way to zone a shared children’s bedroom.

    While waiting for the painted triangles to dry Gina prepared the celery for the leopard print centrepiece. ‘Me and my 13-year-old daughter chopped up chunks of celery and left then out the fridge to harden a little,’ she tells Ideal Home. ‘This was a tip given to me from another member of the DIY page called Suzanne.’

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    Image credit: Gina Selby

    Gina and her daughter practised the technique on the underside of some shelves before moving onto the wall. ‘We then dipped different ends of the celery into black tester pots to get different sizes,’ explains Gina. ‘We smudged them in places to get the full circles. It took about half an hour, so not long at all.’

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    Image credit: Gina Searby

    The entire leopard feature wall was created using tester pots of black paint that Gina had picked up for just 10p in Bargain Madness. Bringing the entire cost of the feature wall to around £1.

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    Will you be adding celery to your next weekly shop?

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