10 Crafts Inspired by Paint Sample Chips

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011

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Paint samples — we love the color, and we certainly love the price. And while their small size and stiff material can make some crafts impossible, we've gathered some inspired ideas that will make your next paint sample project easy-breezy.

paint sample bunting

As far as paint sample crafts, paper bunting may be obvious, but so are “Your Mom” jokes, and yet we still love them. Moreover, they're easy—a paper punch and a threaded needle are all you need to complete this cheery décor. 
Make your own floral paint sample garland from Little Bit Funky!
paint sample notebook
Matchbook Notebook 

Hand out this quick and easy favor at your next kiddie corral. These paint sample notebooks are so simple – just fold and staple – that kids could even make them at the party. 
Learn how to make the Matchbook Notebook from Whimsy Love!
paint chip butterflies
Origami Butterfly 

This one is so obvious that I think we all missed itpaint samples as origami. Duh. While using paint chips will definitely require a creasing tool, unique colors add a delicate shading to this craft. Here's an origami butterflies tutorial to help.
Check out Layla Lou Studio's Etsy shop for inspiration.
paint chip coasters

Modge podge makes the crafting world go around. Use the adored adhesive for these unique paint sample coasters. Craft for your own home or turn them into the ideal Ironic Housewarming Gift. 
Make your own paint sample coasters via Crafty CPA!
paint chip wall art
Mosaic Art Decor 

For unique wall decor, consider creating this paper mosaic using clipped paint samples. Straight lines and striking colors are the key to this design, but don't let that stop you from curving outside the lines. 
Get the free tutorial to make your own paint sample mosaic from How About Orange!


paint sample table top
Table Top

Need to hide a few of your coffee table's scrapes and bruises? Cobble the table via paint samples for an easy-meets-trendy makeover. It's your call whether those sassy paint sample names get to show, but we vote yes.
Learn how to make this paint sample table at HGTV Design Blog!
paint sample place card
Place Card

Know your place with these easy paint sample place cards. Choose colors or paint sample names that match your guest's personality for a personal (or daring) touch.
(If you need one), get the free paint sample place card tutorial from Lovely Little Details!
paint sample candle wreath
Candle Wreath 

Paint samples are treated as cardstock in this rustically elegant candle wreath. Much like the paper bunting above, use a paper punch to cut some simple shapes before threading them with twine. Add buttons and ribbon for a more embellished look. 
Get the free tutorial and make your own paint sample candle wreath from The Artful Crafter!
paint chip holiday card
Cards for the Holidays 

Handmade holiday cards – because of course you have lots of time during the holidays. Use paint samples for crafting clever cards, whether they say Thank You, Happy Birthday, Happy Holidays! 
Learn how to make your paint sample holiday card from our Handmade Holiday Cards article!
pixelated portrait wall art with paint samples
Pixelated Portraits and Wall Art

Blurryit's the new in focus! Using paint samples to pixelate your favorite icon is a clever way to decorate on the cheap. In addition to notable figures from history, consider using Mega Man or other 8-bit video game characters for your pixelated viewing pleasure.
Get the free tutorial for making the pixelated portraits and wall décor from Curbly. Or, learn how to transform game characters into crafts via our Video Game-inspired article.

Photo credits, from top: littlebitfunky.com, whimsy-love.com, laylaloustudio.etsy.com, craftycpa.blogspot.com, howaboutorange.blogspot.com,  blog.hgtv.com, lovelylittledetails.com, theartfulcrafter.com, curbly.com, apartmenttherapy.com


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  • by joseyb
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    The coasters would be so easy and add color to my kitchen!