I used to collect paint chips as a child (don’t ask, I was a strange kid). So, when I saw a few of these paint chip art projects, I knew I had to try it…at least in the name of nostalgia. I decided to give it a try on a rainy day this week. I went to Home Depot and picked some up, pretending like I was looking for colors for my little girl’s room. I don’t know why we all feel like we’re getting away with something; you can’t really steal something that’s free…right?
I had a hard time finding the single-color chips, as most of the paint companies offer three colors per sample. Glidden had a pretty decent selection of single-color chips, though, so I picked up about twenty for this project. I also used an old distressed frame I’d had for years, so I there was no “chipping in” any money on this afternoon’s art project.
Paint Chip Chevron Art…here’s what you’ll need:
• Paint chips
• Double-sided tape
Here’s what you do:
Step #1: Using a ruler, cut each chip in half, twice. You can cut it however you want, obviously, depending on how thick you want the chevron lines to be. I wanted mine a bit thicker so I could use less. Here’s another pretty great example of a chevron design by Decorating Cents.
Step #2: Organize the chips according to color-I kept the greys, light pinks, and dark pinks all together. I wanted to create an ombré effect-going from light to dark from the top of the frame to the bottom.
Step #3: Find a frame you love and tape white computer paper over the cardboard insert. The white will be a good backdrop for the paint chips.
Step #4: Start creating the chevron pattern using double-sided tape and start with the lightest colors. Don’t worry about the chips sticking out over the paper.
Step #5: When you’re pleased with the color scheme, turn the cardboard over and trim the excess chips.
What pattern would you choose?
All photography by Olivia Glendale, contributing writer for HomeJelly.