Paint chip art has become a popular pastime for home renovators and crafters that have a ton of extra paint samples. Even if you don't have extras around the house, it's easy enough to pick out some free paint swatches of your favorite colors at a local paint supplier.
We decided to include a variety of paint chip ideas to get your creative juices flowing. To be included in this round-up, the DIYs had to use paint samples as the main element of the project.
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The great thing about paint chip art is that the end result can look very modern and timeless so long as you pick a color palette that works in your home. The team over at A Beautiful Mess decided to pair a simple, clean font with brightly colored squares, and they both work very well together. You could use any font, but choices with thicker letters are easier to cut out. Head on over to their tutorial for detailed instructions and more progress photos.
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This paint chip art project is easy to complete and highlights how important negative space can be when creating a piece of art. If the entire canvas was filled with small, purple triangles, the art would look too busy. This tutorial breaks down the project into easy steps and includes a pattern that you can print out and follow.
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Chelsea from Lovely Indeed figured out a clever way to use old paint chips for a romantic heart garland. Garlands are a staple for people who like to decorate for each season. You could hang the garland in your office, on a mantel, or wherever you want to add a pop of color. You could also change out the shape to fit with other seasons, like four-leaf clovers for St. Patrick's Day. Head over to the tutorial to find out how to put it all together.
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If you want an easy paint chip art project, stick to one geometric shape in one size. Jessica from How About Orange has several paint chip tutorials on her blog that you should check out. This particular paint chip idea completely transforms the swatches into something new and unrecognizable. Visit her site for a step-by-step guide, so you can make some geometric wall art, too.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Melissa from Mama Miss decided to upcycle her extra paint chips by turning them into bookmarks. To complete this project, head to your local home improvement store and pick up some paint narrow paint swatches. Then, head over to Mama Miss for the complete tutorial.
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Many paint chip art projects involve geometric shapes. If you have craft tools that will punch out shapes, this project will be easier to complete. Otherwise, you could use a stencil and cut all the shapes out by hand. Find out how Enid from A Charming Project decided to complete this art project on her blog.
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There are a variety of ways you can use paint chips to make banners and garlands for decorating. Ashley from Cherished Bliss opted to keep the paint chips in a recognizable shape and added a fun scalloped edge. Find out where she put the banner and how the whole project came together on her blog.
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Paint samples work well for funky jewelry pieces because the card stock is usually thick enough to withstand basic wear and tear. To learn how to make some jewelry using paint chips, head over to the Thinking Closet and follow along with Lauren's step-by-step tutorial.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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There are some paint chip projects that use dozens of punched out circles to create mosaic shapes. If you don't want to attempt a shape, keep it simple by lining the circles up to look like fish scales. However, the addition of the owl shape is charming and perfect for a child's room. Head over to the tutorial on The Homes I Have Made for a simple, easy-to-follow pattern that even your kids can complete.
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It's easy to create a mini notebook using paint chips. One option is to punch holes in the top of each swatch and use a key ring to bind them together. Maggie Holmes Design takes this project one step further by adding an eclectic mix of scrapbooking elements. Head over to her page for more photos and inspiration that you can use when you make one for yourself.
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There are dozens of children's games that you can make at home and save yourself a ton of money in the process. The most popular options are both fun and educational like this color matching game from One Little Project. All you need to get started are some paint swatches and clothespins. Visit the tutorial to find out how to put it all together.
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This paint chip idea is for all the avid sewers out there. On first glance, it looks like this project is a match case, but this envelope has a more craft-related use. Karen from Sew Many Ways came up with this innovative way to store her needles. To find out how to customize a case for your sewing needles, check out her step-by-step tutorial.