Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DIY paint chip art

I had such a fun, eventful, sunshiney weekend!  I had a girl's night out (well, sort of...), went to a bridal shower, went to a birthday party, and even had time to fit in some DIY craftiness.

The DIY project took me about 20 minutes, and it was so easy.  I got the idea when I was cleaning off the table and found a pile of paint chips leftover.  I've seen plenty of paint chip art on Pinterest, so I was feeling inspired to create something.  The paint chips were Chloe's wall color options and her dresser colors, so the obvious choice was to make something for her room.  As I was brainstorming what kind of project I could come up with, a vision of Sherry's faux butterfly art popped into my head.  

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So I decided to create something similar, but with hearts.  Because let's face it, hearts are easy to cut out.  And I like to keep things easy.

I used one of the existing Ikea frames from Chloe's room, because the bunny picture is the only one that doesn't match the others.  She had a lot of purple in her room at the duplex, so it was perfect back then.  But it's just not working in the new room, so the bunny got replaced.  Sorry, bunny!  

I found a white piece of cardboard to use as the background, and scrounged up some fabric glue from the garage.  I wasn't sure how the fabric glue would work with paper, but luckily it worked just fine.


The first thing I did was draw a heart onto one of the paint chips, then I cut it out and used it as a template for the others.  I just drew the heart free-hand, but if you're more of a perfectionist then me, I'd recommend printing one from the computer and tracing it.  I cut out nine hearts total.


Once I was done cutting, I played around with different patterns until I found one I liked best.  I also used a ruler and pencil to mark where each heart should go.


The final step was folding all the hearts in half to give them a 3D look, and then gluing them down to the cardboard.  I just squeezed a thin line of glue down the center, and held the heart in place for about 10 seconds.  (Hello, blurry picture!)


Once I was done glueing, I put everything back into the frame, and that's it!

  

Voilà, free art!

xo,
Rachael

14 comments:

  1. Dude. And it's STUNNING. I love it!

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    1. Aww thanks! It's no chevron wall, but i like it. :)

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  2. I love that - I've always wanted to do one but never have, sigh.....

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    1. You should!! It's so easy. You could do moths.

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  3. Lucky you got to do so many fun things and love this idea

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    1. Thanks, Candice! It was so quick & easy.

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    1. Thanks, Kenzie! I love making something for free.

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  5. This is adorable!! It makes me want to go get paint chips right now!

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    1. You totally should!! And then blog about it! :)

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  6. Crafty! An extremely fine use of paint chips! Chloe has one kick ass room!

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    1. Thanks! Her room is coming together slowly but surely. Although I've been completely neglecting our bedroom and the "playroom", which consists of nothing but boxes right now!

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